Well, I’ve finally got round to trying out my watercolour set. I think I may have shared my previous attempt with my tube based watercolours?
You may be thinking this painting had seen no water, and you’d pretty much be right! I hadn’t realised how concentrated the paints are in tubes, and I’d been used to using acrylics, so I used the watercolours in the same way I’d use acrylics 😳. This was obviously not going to work! But my blogging friend Frances at libertasamericanaart has been encouraging me to give watercolours a go, and yesterday I received a gorgeous parcel from her that included watercolour pencils and a brush, as well as a copy of her amazing bird art notebook… Go check out her blog and if you like her work then get in touch with her as she’s selling copies of her notebook at a very reasonable price!
It inspired me to give it another go. So I watched several you tube videos and read a few pages of advice and here’s my progress throughout this afternoon :
I really enjoyed the process of playing, and I gradually got better at blotting excess water off my brush so I didn’t get huge blobs at the end of my brush strokes.
I’m glad I looked for ideas on the Internet as it helped teach me some techniques, rather than just going at it all blindly.
And, amazingly, I actually really like my final piece. I don’t reckon that’s bad for an afternoon’s work 🤗
But I’d welcome any help with where to go from here… Have you come across any useful tutorials/books? Can you spot any things I can try to improve any rookie mistakes? I’d love to hear your thoughts 😊