Everything in the universe is within you. Ask all from yourself ~ Rumi
I LOVED THIS PIECE ❤️😊.. Tried to paint human figures in watercolor for the first time and it turned out pretty well, the way I wanted.. And the sky part behind the monk also blended pretty well.. The original picture of the little monk is posted on @sikkimadventures
These are the swatch cards for the @sj_nielsen Sketcher set.
I made these cards on Arches paper using the swatch stamp from @raeandlily. So fun!
I use swatch cards as a way to show the characteristics of my paints such as color name, color index, transparency, lifting, & wash. Each pigment can be so different but some are very similar so it’s good to compare.
What characteristics do you like to know about paints? Tell me in the comments. 😊
p.s. The Sketcher sets are all ready and waiting for Saturday’s restock! This is a collaboration with Sam from @sj_nielsen.
Quick guide to (what I think) the bare minimums to watercolor!
1. 3 professional grade watercolor
2. paper that can handle water
3. 1 round brush
1. Get the primaries (yellow, blue, red) of the cheapest professional grade colour in your area. I recommend skipping student grade completely because: - student grade paint usually comes in a set and there WILL be colours you NEVER touch (brown and black for me)
- You can't mix student Grade without it getting muddy and ugly. If you want the brightest and strongest color go pro. - student grade is way harder to work with and is much harder to fix once something does go wrong. - Limiting your paints to less than 4 will force and teach you how to Mix colour which is an important skill. - if you realize watercolor isn't your thing reselling professional grade paint is A LOT easier than reselling student grade. - professional paints come in tubes meaning you can choose ANY three primaries that YOU like. Don't like the dull looking blue? Go for the vibrant one. - Student sets (usually 6-12 colors) cost about 15-24USD. If you shop around you can get three tubes of pro paint for 25-30 USD. For Canadians the cheapest place I've seen is Deserres online. I've bought 15mL Daniel Smith paints for 13 CAD. - usually paints come in either 5-7mL tubes or 15 mL tubes. Go with the smaller size. BC the paints are so vibrant you don't need to use a lot. - for brands I recommend Da Vinci, Daniel Smith and mGrahams. YOU CAN mix and match too. Any professional brand will work.
2. YOU NEED paper that can handle water. Printer paper wont last more than a minute. - my holy grail for practice is canson mixed media (see 2nd image). In Canada the price is 10 CAD for 60 pages (9"x12") which is really really affordable.
- Paper should be fine for most projects as long as you don't scrub too hard. I'll make a post about my favourite professional quality paper in the future.
3. Imo you can afford to go cheap with brushes. My daily brushes are a set of 10 I bought for 7 dollars 😂. Cheaper brushes will shed a bit BUT you can brush it off after the paint dries.
4. Reduce, reuse, recycle!
Do you ever find yourself mesmerized watching the accidental symphony of colors on your watercolor palette? I love seeing all of the colors swirling and mixing after I’ve finished a sketch. #watercolor#watercolorpalette
If you want to be good at something do it everyday! Painting and creating is the same as developing a muscle. It doesn’t take much. Start where you are. Paper, a brush and 5$ watercolor. Allow yourself freedom and break open. It feels so good! Let me know if you are going to try and let’s journey together! I would love to hear what opens up for you! #watercolorpalette#watercolor#alwaysinprogress#wip#art#create#createeveryday