Monday, July 30, 2018

My Watercolor Supplies (Old and New)

When I started my journey with watercolors in September 2017, I was not sure how far this new hobby would take me. So, my choices were pretty basic and functional for a beginner like me.

My Watercolor Supplies 
Watercolor Paints: After reading many reviews, I bought my first watercolor set - Sakura Koi 24 Assorted Watercolor Field Sketch Set. It served me well for 3 months and as you can see in the below pic, the half pans quickly dried out and started to chip. They are still usable, though the pigment needs tons of water to re-wet.

Then, I upgraded to Sennelier L'Aquarelle French Watercolor Paint, Metal Box Pocket Set of 12 Half Pans. These are honey based paints and how wonderfully yummy (if I may so) from Sakura. Even after almost 6 months of usage, the pigment re-wets beautifully with a touch of water and the colors are super vibrant, glide on paper.

Watercolor Paper and Brushes: I am mostly a weekend artist with a 9 to 5 day job. So, as you can see from most of watercolor works, I paint small. Hence, my sketchbook is - Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor Album, Pocket, Black, Hard Cover (3.5 x 5.5). For the brushes, I bought - Loew Cornell 1023599 Soft Comfort Round Brush Set which has four sizes. They are super comfortable to use at an awesome price point.

Apart from my Moleskine sketchbook, I also practice on Canson XL Waterpads. Below you can see how I cut a big sheet into four pieces to paint individual art works.

Watercolor Summit Supplies

After self-paced learning from various skillshare classes, youtube videos, it is now time to kick up a notch for few more techniques from seven talented watercolor artists who are teaching at Watercolor Summit happening from August 13 - 29 2018.

Below are a few additional supplies I bought just a few days ago and I can't wait to use them. :-)

Do you have any favorite watercolor supplies to recommend for a beginner like me? The plan is to discover my favorites over time and replace each of the student grade paints with artist grade paints like Winsor Newton. 

until next time,


Friday, July 20, 2018

Day 83 - 87 | “Art is a line around your thoughts.” ~ Gustav Klimt

Inkstruck Watercolors July Challenge: Sea Creatures | Whale.

Inkstruck Watercolors July Challenge: Sea Creatures | Star Fish. 

“Hope is the thing with feathers, 
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all. “
~ Emily Dickson 

Watercolor blobs and doodles is the theme for Peggy's (@thepigeonletters) new bi-weekly challenge on @skillshare. Trust her to come up with unique ways to jumpstart anyone's creativity. ☺️ I may doodle on some more blobs like this because they are just so much fun and also because I am kinda missing the doodle challenge from last year - #100DaysOfDoodlesOfSiri 

Carrots anyone?


Saturday, June 30, 2018

Day 82 | Never Stop Learning..

It is hard to believe that we came to the end of #30x30DirectWatercolor2018 journey and today is the very last day. This month long challenge has really pushed me to try different techniques and taught me to just be comfortable painting - irrespective of the outcome. I will not lie, it was also exhausting to come up with ideas and show up every single day. With work and home duties, some days were so hard that I just wanted to quit (so glad I pushed through ☺️!). Now that we are done, I could use a small break to rejuvenate. Time to pick up a few books from my growing TBR pile and do something different with my free time until Watercolor Summit, which starts in August. Hooray! 


Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Day 77 - 81 | "I am my own experiment. I am my own work of art." ~ Madonna

"Believe you can and you're halfway there" ~ Theodre Roosevelt. My first watercolor wreath and I am a quite happy how it turned out. Hope you all have a great week ahead.

"If I were a flower.. I would be a sunflower. To always follow the sun, Turn my back to darkness, Stand proud, tall and straight even with my head full of seeds." ― Pam Stewart. This piece of artwork is inspired from Pinterest. I am finally able to understand how to do color mixing and using masking fluid techniques.

 I am self-admittedly obsessed about painting watercolor patterns. Their abstract and repetitive nature are perfect to empty my restless mind. And an added bonus - they help improve my brushwork.

"It always seems impossible until it's done" ~ Nelson Mandela

After many months of practicing watercolor, I finally bought a jar of masking fluid and here is a fun attempt - a relatively simple piece where the flower areas were protected with the fluid. 


Friday, June 22, 2018

Day 72 - 76 | "To draw you must close your eyes and sing." ~ Pablo Picasso

Youtube is such a great resource for fun, little watercolor tutorials. Today's piece is inspired by this city skyline. video. So simple to paint and beautiful to look at.

San Francisco is an eye candy for those who are interested in urban sketching. Sadly, I am always in a hurry to go in and out of the city for work and to notice the lovely architecture around. But today, I took moment to click a picture of a building I pass almost every single day. And it was such fun to capture the essence in watercolors.

Another city landscape pattern today I saw on @lisacongdon's watercolor class at Creative Bug. The brain goes into a meditative mode when I make such simple, colorful art and it is my form of tuning out from what's happening around me. Such precious, rare moments I wouldn't trade anything for.

#30x30DirectWatercolor2018 challenge has been😍 and I can’t believe I painted almost every single day of this month so far. That is an accomplishment in itself considering how inherently lazy I am.

Random Watercolor pattern to fill up an empty page.