Watercolor Basics ~ other important things you need!

In my previous Watercolor Basics posts I covered paper, brushes and paint but there are a few other items that are also important to have on hand. Water – With watercolor paint, you need water to dilute your paint and to clean your brushes. I like to have two containers of water on hand soContinue reading “Watercolor Basics ~ other important things you need!”

Watercolor Basics ~ Paint – What type of paint should you use?

There are several types of watercolor color paint including – pans (or cakes), tubes, and liquid. Many paints are available in student and artists grades. Student grades are a more affordable option, but usually have less pigment. Pans (or cakes) – When I was starting out I associated watercolor pan sets with the paints IContinue reading “Watercolor Basics ~ Paint – What type of paint should you use?”

Watercolor Basics ~ Brushes: What types of brushes should you use

If you have ever stood in an art store paintbrush aisle, you know how overwhelming selecting brushes can be. There are brushes for every medium, synthetic and natural brushes, and brushes in a variety of shapes and sizes. I have a variety of brushes but in truth I only use a few. Here are some tipsContinue reading “Watercolor Basics ~ Brushes: What types of brushes should you use”

Gifts to Inspire Creativity

If you have creativity in your life – regular creativity – you already know what a gift it is. It’s a relaxing time, almost like meditation, and it can ease the anxiety associated with busy lives. What better gift this holiday season, than the gift of creativity? Here are a variety of gifts that willContinue reading “Gifts to Inspire Creativity”

Birthday Books

I picked out these creative books for my birthday and they are proving to be great sources of inspiration! Danielle Krysa’s book “A Big Important Art Book: Now with Women!” I love how the book is divided into art themes and features living artists (so Danielle could ask them lots of questions), as well asContinue reading “Birthday Books”

Unique Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma

It can be so hard to shop for Mom and Grandma. You want to give them something special, but they don’t want anything. Here are some creative ideas to make it easier. Personalized bracelet. I ordered this bracelet for my mom from Belinda Carmichael on Etsy. It has all of our initials on it. SheContinue reading “Unique Gift Ideas for Mom and Grandma”

Art Books

I bought myself 2 early birthday presents: Danielle Krysa’s book “A Big Important Art Book: Now with Women!” Danielle is the author of the wildly popular blog The Jealous Curator, creator of, one of my favorite podcasts, Art for your Ear, and author of several other books including a favorite of mine “Your Inner CriticContinue reading “Art Books”

Organizing Watercolor Paint Colors and Tubes

I paint with watercolor from tubes. Very little remains of my original set of Van Gogh tubes. I’ve since added individual tubes – of mostly Winsor & Newton and some (more economical Winsor & Newton) Cotman tubes. I also have my Holbein Gouache mixing set – of which I’ve had to replace the white several times.Continue reading “Organizing Watercolor Paint Colors and Tubes”

The First Few Creative Days of 2019

2019 is off to a good start! I’m making drawing and painting a priority and try to work in the mornings, even if it’s just for a little bit. It’s fun to sit down with no real thought as to where it will lead and let things unfold. With painting holiday themed things throughout December,Continue reading “The First Few Creative Days of 2019”

Retro Christmas Gifts for Kids

As I’ve been creating my daily holiday illustrations counting down to Christmas, I’ve been thinking about when I was a kid in the 70’s and 80’s. My recent illustration was of 11 year old me, and I had to add tinsel to the tree to make it historically accurate! I remember that year and howContinue reading “Retro Christmas Gifts for Kids”