My 8 inch square paintings

What size, shape do you like to work in?
When I finally started using watercolor paper (I know what was I waiting for?) I came across Fluid Watercolor Paper 8″ square pad or “Easy Block” as they call it. I love working with this size and shape!

As you can tell by the image above, I do it often. I don’t know what it is, but I love the square shape and the size is small enough that I don’t feel…intimidated. I tape down the edges and end up with a .5″-1″ border which I love.

After falling in love with my first Fluid pad, I went back to Blick to get more and they didn’t have any!! I figured no big deal, I’ll just cut the paper, but it wasn’t the same. On my next trip to Blick they had it in stock, so I bought a couple. I’m out again so I’m anxious to get back to Blick and get more.

I’m starting to envision having a show, where all my pieces are 8″ x 8″. I can dream right? 🙂


25 thoughts on “My 8 inch square paintings

  1. I really love these square paintings, but when I was working in square format (because I had pre-torn a bunch of WC paper), my sister, the artist told me square format is not pleasing and I should work rectangular. Have you ever heard this? I love these paintings but this happened in the past month or so, I think, and so I thought I’d mention it! And yay for Blick, always keeping the art love flowing! 💜

      1. I love them too! I saw a youtube today where a published artist made her own watercolor journal with 8 x 8 squares on purpose! They looked great. Yours do too. Keep on, Eileen! I don’t want to know the rules either.

  2. I think these pieces are adorable! I love painting on a smaller paper (mine are typically 5.5 x 8.5). It’s not quite so daunting and I get a larger sense of accomplishment from being able to complete more work in a shorter amount of time. What I think is great about the shapes you are doing is that they would go nicely in the really popular frames where you can hang several pieces of art together (on a line with a clothes pin, clip or similar). I actually thought of cutting my papers in half so that I could paint groups of items on different sized papers so they could be “collaged” as mentioned above!

  3. I like the square format too, but, for printing purposes some machines don’t handle the layout very well…that’s all! They just need to keep up. Love this collection of images…fresh, colourful and friendly.

  4. I love these Eileen! I like the size of the squares too. I usually buy large watercolor cold press paper, but cutting it into 8 inch squares is definitely possible.

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