My Creative Resolution ā€“ Watercolor, Illustration, Print Pattern Design

My solo painting party

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I wanted to really get into the creating mode so I set myself up for a solo painting party. I love doing this – starting several paintings at once because the watercolor layers need time to dry. I literally move around the table and work on different paintings and play around. Some of the paintings I finish that day, some hang around for awhile until I pull them out and finish them. I find these solo watercolor “parties” a great time to play around and explore.

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Author: Eileen McKenna {my creative resolution}

Web and Print Designer living in New York. I blog about painting, illustration, and designing patterns. Inquires are welcome.

9 thoughts on “My solo painting party

  1. I second that! And look at the beautiful paintings emerging. Happy weekend!

  2. I love this idea of yours! It makes painting fun and a good exercise for practice. I love that you post ideas like this. Thanks.

  3. Hi! “Landed” here from doodlewash.com with your guest Halloween post, and I’ve been reading you backwards and enjoying your beautiful blog ! Do you mind if I ask you a few questions? you’ll see I’m a total newbie (I’m still doodling in my mind , not on paper yet šŸ˜‰ because I do know nothing about painting …or drawing ..crazy , right? ) So what is the brown paper? and why the masking tape?and can I use any white drawing paper or must watercolors be done on a special paper ? Thank you so much.
    Even if you can’t answer I will devour your blog and maybe i will learn something that way… Crazy Girl šŸ™‚

    • Glad you found me! šŸ™‚ It is better to use “watercolor” paper (I use Fluid 140lb. Cold press) bc when you add water to paper it will buckle. I tape my paper down with “painters tape from hardware store” to a thick piece of cardboard. The cardboard is probably the brown you are seeing. Taping it down helps prevent it from buckling. Another thing I recommend is Canson’s mix media sketchbook. The paper is much thicker than regular sketchbooks. So you can doodle and play and try out watercolor and the paper won’t wrinkle so much. Let me know how it goes! And if you have any questions šŸ˜€

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