Watercolor Basics for Beginners

If you are new to watercolor – welcome! Watercolor is one of the most fun mediums. When painting with watercolor, aside from paint, water is the key ingredient. Water on the paper, how much water is mixed with the paint, and how much water is on your brush. Water on the paper. If your paperContinue reading “Watercolor Basics for Beginners”

Creative Excitement

This is the best feeling. It’s creative excitement. I’ve spent a little bit of time organizing my supplies, and now I’m sitting in front of a new creative project – a watercolor painting. I’ve done some prep work – I have my reference photo picked out, I’ve taped down my watercolor paper, I’ve measured andContinue reading “Creative Excitement”

Start with basic brushstrokes

It has been over a week since I last painted – gasp! Work has been busy and I could make other excuses. Things haven’t slowed down, BUT this morning instead of diving right in I thought, “Sometimes we have to make time for the things that are important to us.” I set up all myContinue reading “Start with basic brushstrokes”

Watercolor Painting “Must Haves”

I’ve joined in on the fun with Mollie Makes magazine, a lifestyle and craft magazine for those who live creatively, and followed the prompts for #molliemakersweek. Today’s prompt was “must haves.” I recommend these products to anyone starting out in watercolor. My “must haves” Fluid watercolor paper Canson multimedia sketchbook Painters tape Windsor Newton paints – ultramarine, cadmiumContinue reading “Watercolor Painting “Must Haves””

The Feelings of a Beginner

I realized this weekend how discouraging it can be to be a beginner. I worked on two very different projects for me. One was a paper diorama. The other was painting two canvases with acrylics. In both cases I was an unorganized mess. Materials all over. I had the wrong tools. I was literally uncomfortable.Continue reading “The Feelings of a Beginner”