It took me more than 2 years of watercoloring to finally purchase my first handmade watercolor paint. I’m not sure why it took me so long to look into them but I’m just now starting to discover this world of handmade watercolors.Read More
I painted a fun little project a few weeks ago that I'm sharing on the blog today: rainbow watercolor borders.
For these watercolor borders, I was going for an "abstract" look. I used bold strokes, wet-on-wet mixed with dry brush, some splatter, and a bit of dabbing to paint 12 sheets in all the colors of the rainbow.Read More
Today, I’m sharing my attempts at painting a dog from a course I purchased on Enterclass. I’ve always admired watercolors painted in a loose and wet style and thought I would share the learning process (and progress) I’m making as I try it out!Read More
In hopes of encouraging the people looking at my work and thinking “I could never do that”, I want to share my mistakes (my practice). Because we all have to make mistakes and practice before we can make something that we are proud of.Read More
I’m still not sure if “behind the scenes” is the right term for this but in today’s blog post and video I am sharing the story behind where the idea of painting these watercolor ultrasounds came from and the process of how I paint them.
So where did this idea come from?
Well - it wasn’t an “idea” that I came up with while brainstorming one day or anything. And to be honest, I love that it didn’t originate that way.Read More
Today, I’m sharing with you how I painted these simple, abstract ballerina figures using watercolors.
I received this question from a student in my online watercolor course, Just Watercolor and thought it would be a great one to share on the blog.
Here was her exact question:
I absolutely love your ballet girls. How did you do them? How did you keep them simple and abstract? Was it a happenstance movement of a brush that created them initially, or were you trying to create exactly that? What inspired them? How did you do them? How big are they? Did they turn out differently than you envisioned? Did you make mistakes and have to start over?Read More
I painted a bunch of peach slices the other day to digitize for September's monthly wallpaper and decided to film it just in case I wanted to share it with you. It’s not the best quality, but I thought it might help to share the video and talk through what I was thinking when I painted them.Read More
If you're just getting into watercolors or you've been painting for a while, sometimes it's fun to just experiment with techniques that you don't normally use when painting. I usually only paint using the basic watercolor techniques (see #1-#3) , but some of these are really fun to play around with, even if it's not for a final painting.
I especially love playing around with experiments like this if I find myself at a loss for ideas or not wanting to sit down to paint any subject in particular!
So here's a quick round up of 10 fun watercolor techniques that you can give a try (if you haven't already!)Read More
When I decided to “doodle” this pattern into my sketchbook last year and record it, I had no idea that it would be so popular. I posted a video of it to Instagram and it has (for some crazy reason) been shared by quite a few of those viral video accounts.
I want to be on the record to say, I am the first person in line to agree that this pattern is by no means a crazy feat or even close to being a masterpiece. I actually came across a hilarious comment from someone responding on one of those video accounts that basically asked: “Why is everyone so amazed by this, it’s not like she’s Picasso.” I laughed and still can’t agree more!Read More
I think of watercolors a little like modern calligraphy. It’s loose, there aren’t hard and fast traditional rules because it’s such an expressive and fluid medium. With watercolors, you can paint anything from a very loose abstract image to a super detailed photorealistic painting. No matter which style, however, there are still basic principles and techniques that we need to understand in order to be able to paint with watercolors.
One foundational skill in watercolors is understanding your brush, the strokes it can make, and how to handle it. In this post, I’m going to share 3 brush stroke exercises that you can do with a round tip brush to practice control get really comfortable with the strokes and shapes your brush is capable ofRead More
This week, I’m preparing to launch three new art prints to the shop and want to take this chance to share the process of what goes on behind the scenes of making these! I love finding out how things are made, so even though the workflow is pretty simple, I hope you enjoy reading about my process!Read More
Hake brushes have been on my mind lately. I’m *this* close to buying one, it’s in my shopping cart on dickblick.com and I just haven’t let myself purchase it yet. If you don’t know what a hake brush is, they are large wash brushes that hold lots of water. In my dreams, I want to use it to prep a big sheet of paper with water so I can paint soft blue watercolor skies with fluffy clouds.
Until that happens I decided I should experiment with some gradient washes because it’s not something that I normally paint. These gradient washes make really nice backgrounds to letter on top of or can be scanned and used as backgrounds for digital designs too.Read More