This week on our Youtube channel I posted a brand new tutorial – How to Paint Watercolour Herbs. I love to paint herbs as they give us so many different skills to practice whilst painting. I hope you can find as much enjoyment as I did when you give this a try. To watch the tutorial please visit

We upload full tutorials twice a week on Youtube alongside a mini series of tips so why not watch the videos and paint along with me?

How to Paint Watercolour Herbs

I love fresh herbs, I love the smell, the texture and taste but I also love how painting them gives us a variety of techniques to practice. When painting herbs we can incorporate stems, leaves and flowers all in one so it really is an all-rounder tutorial this week!

In this tutorial, I will teach you how to paint Rosemary, Sage, Corriander, Thyme, Basil, Dill and Outro. Which is your favourite?

Top Tips

Start your herbs by using dilute colours, this way you can build up the colouring of the leaves and detail in easier.  I like to paint the smaller herbs with a size 2 brush and then adding detail with my 4/10 brush: Pro Arte –

Don’t be afraid to experiment with the directions of leaves, it will give you the perfect range!

painting rosemary

For the larger herbs e.g sage, I prefer to use the size 8 brush but don’t forget you can always use a smaller size if it is too daunting. You tend to use up a lot of colours whilst using the bigger brushes so don’t forget to keep mixing them up.

I always start my panting of each herb with the stem so that I can guide the leaves as I go.

watercolour herbs

Let me know how you found this tutorial – How to Paint Watercolour Herbs. I’d love to see your take on them, did you give it a go? Do you have any questions? You can comment on our youtube video – or follow us on Instagram – @dewintonpaperco. 

The materials I used in this tutorial were:

Paint: Winsor and Newton Artist Quality –

Brushes: Pro Arte size 4/0, 2, 4, –

Paper Daler Rowney Aquafine cold-pressed paper –

You will also need some kitchen roll.

Thanks for taking the time to read about our tutorial this week all about painting watercolour herbs and until next time, happy painting! 🌿


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