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Realistic Watercolors Step by Step

Award-winning artist Anna Mason provides easy-to-replicate techniques to create lifelike watercolors without a lifetime of practice.
Realistic Watercolors Step by Step is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 28.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I had been trying to paint with watercolors, but I didn't feel like I had enough materials and space. Anna Mason helped a lot with being able to paint with what you have. And showing me how tone and hue can really affect your painting.
Date published: 2023-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent information Very happy with this course. The instructor provides detailed information and demonstrates techniques clearly.
Date published: 2022-06-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Course is great but not the website I love courses. Extremely educating and useful. I'm loving it! However, very early this morning I wasn't able to open any of the lectures, even from my previous courses. This happened to me only once but it was very frustrating since I made time in my day to work on my painting.
Date published: 2022-04-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great course! These instructions are great! My painting turned out really nice! People think I'm a painter when they look at it!
Date published: 2022-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Detailed Turorial I am so pleased that I was able to purchase "Realistic Watercolors Step by Step"! It is a wonderful tutorial on water coloring realistic flowers. I pre-watched while I was waiting for my brushes by Anna Mason, and now that I have them I will be trying her methods. Don't hesitate in purchasing this class! It is well worth it.
Date published: 2022-04-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Realistic watercolor rose Great lesson. Explained why and how her method would affect the painting. Just really good information for a beginner, about color and thickness of paint.
Date published: 2021-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from To the point I just finished watching the DVD on this course. I am very pleased with it. The instructor was very informative. She show different ways to do things that you would never think of the work as a water color painting.
Date published: 2021-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very helpful! I have been looking for a tutorial that matches my style. Thank you! I am very excited to take more lessons.
Date published: 2021-07-28
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Learn how to paint watercolor flowers and more step by step with online video lessons from award-winning artist Anna Mason. Start with how to choose a reference photo, set up your workspace and outline your subject matter: a rose. With your outline complete, see how to create petals by layering tones from light to dark. Next, paint a lifelike stamen and build skills for balancing tones. Move on to rendering a lovely flower bud and get tips for avoiding muddy colors, increasing contrast and creating highlights that add depth to your work. Expand the number of greens on your palette as Anna guides you through painting convincing leaves, stems and thorns. Plus, discover tricks for finishing your painting beautifully by establishing crisp edges, using color-correcting techniques and refining the level of contrast in your piece.


Anna Mason

Nature was a constant theme in my artwork and I was captivated by the detail I can see in the natural world.

Anna Mason is a watercolorist specializing in big, bold, botanical subjects. After making a huge career change to paint full-time 10 years ago, she's been honored with an RHS Gold Medal for Botanical Art and the Grand Prize by International Artist Magazine. In recent years, Anna has made it her mission to teach her unique watercolor techniques in an easy-to-understand way by contributing to Artists & Illustrator Magazine in the U.K., writing The Modern Flower Painter (Search Press) and teaching on Craftsy.

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Realistic Watercolors Step by Step
Realistic Watercolors Step by Step


Working With Watercolor

01: Working With Watercolor

Meet Anna Mason and get started discovering the simplicity behind painting with watercolors. Develop your painter's eye with watercolor basics as Anna helps you uncover the secret to layering watercolors. You'll also learn her brush techniques for painting fine details. Think small!

25 min
Preparing to Paint

02: Preparing to Paint

Set up your workspace for success! Anna will provide techniques for taking the best reference photo to work from, no fancy camera required. Then get started working on a realistic pencil outline of a flower by either tracing or using Anna's measurements technique for an accurate rendering.

21 min
Painting the Petals

03: Painting the Petals

Start painting petals with Anna's layering technique. Begin by placing the lightest pink tones, then move to your darker pinks and finally your midtones to gradually build up color. You'll finish by filling gaps and refining your contrast.

30 min
Painting the Stamen & Reassessing Petals

04: Painting the Stamen & Reassessing Petals

Begin painting a realistic-looking stamen to add color variation to your painting! Learn the importance of order in watercolor painting and building up tone throughout the painting process. After finishing the stamen, you'll reassess the petal tones and balance the darkness of the petals.

22 min
Painting the Bud

05: Painting the Bud

Start painting a flower bud by layering tones light to dark. Anna will teach you how to avoid making mud out of your color choices. Use greens and reds to add tones to the sepals for clarity and deep contrast. Finally, gain confidence in your contrasts and explore how to use gouache for brilliant highlights.

22 min
Painting the Leaves & Stem

06: Painting the Leaves & Stem

Create a variety of greens to cover the leaves, stems and thorns for a natural-looking finish. Layer the dark tones on top of the dried lighter tones using Anna's layering technique. You'll fill in the midtones to create the veins and juggle the rest of the hues to create a smooth, finished look.

22 min
Finishing Details & Assessing Contrast

07: Finishing Details & Assessing Contrast

Add final key details to make your painting look natural. Anna demonstrates how easy it is to make your details pop for a realistic finish. Learn to make darks richer and help details shine through with Anna's techniques for color correcting. Then assess the big-picture contrast of your painting.

19 min