Watercolor Basics ~ Paper (5 Tips)

It’s Back to School time, so I thought it would be a great time to go back to basics, Watercolor Basics. Let’s talk about paper. When I first started out in watercolor I was using the wrong paper. Watercolor paper is specially designed for watercolor paint – it has texture, absorbs the paint, and canContinue reading “Watercolor Basics ~ Paper (5 Tips)”

Watercolor Sunsets

It’s been a summer of sunsets. I’ve been teaching the kids at the art center how to paint watercolor sunsets – showing them some of the color possibilities, and how to blend the colors. I encourage them to choose their own color combinations and I love seeing how different their skies are from one another.  I’ve alsoContinue reading “Watercolor Sunsets”

Just 10 Minutes

Sometimes life gets in the way of creativity and we are running around doing other things. Between teaching art and finalizing my new Beginner Watercolor Exploration Guide, I haven’t had time to paint. Well maybe I’ve had time, but not the motivation. Every time I walk past my paints – set up at the family room tableContinue reading “Just 10 Minutes”

For the Love of Watercolor

Over a decade ago as a young mom, I took a drawing class followed by a watercolor class. A few years later, I got serious about creating everyday and started my blog. I set out to explore every medium in search of my thing. The early days of my blog involved pencil sketches and working with acrylics.Continue reading “For the Love of Watercolor”

Learning from Others

I love watercolor – how you can add more and more water, how easily it spreads on the paper. I occasionally paint with acrylics but find myself struggling with them. They don’t spread as easily and you can’t add too much water because it breaks down the paint. Last weekend I took an online acrylic class “AcrylicContinue reading “Learning from Others”

Exploring new creative things

I was sewing the other day. Trying to make a few new masks. Sewing is a new thing for me. I’ve tried it here and there over the years but waited so long in between that it always felt like starting over. Now that I’ve been doing it more regularly, I’m getting the hang ofContinue reading “Exploring new creative things”

What is holding you back from creativity?

Sometimes the hardest part (of anything) is starting. So many things can hold you back – fear, uncertainty, a lack of confidence. It’s important to take stock of those things so they don’t slow you down. Since I was young I’ve loved art, but like many people, I got away from it. But the desireContinue reading “What is holding you back from creativity?”

Monet inspired watercolors

Last week I wrote about how I needed a “project” to inspire and motivate me. I was sitting down to paint less and less. I thought a two week project would be good – not too long, but long enough that there might be some progress in this pandemic situation. Last week’s post includes theContinue reading “Monet inspired watercolors”

Time and learning new things during quarantine

I remember a saying when I was a kid, “You can be anything you set your mind to.” During self quarantine I’ve been thinking a lot about time. I think the saying really should be “You can be anything (or do anything) you set your TIME to.” As I pursue new things – some outContinue reading “Time and learning new things during quarantine”

How to Pick a Creative Project

I’ve been thinking I need a creative project to help motivate me during self quarantine, especially since things don’t seem to be opening up any time soon. If this is going to continue – for 2 weeks, a month, more? – it would be nice to have something to do, practice a skill, and workContinue reading “How to Pick a Creative Project”