Weekly Watercolor: Days 8-14

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As you know, I’ve been learning to watercolor paint on Skillshare and took on a project to paint or draw something everyday for a year.  This is the update for week two!



Winsor and Newton Canton Sketchers Pocket Box I love this set, it’s small and great for travel, but has a limited color selection, I have the one with 12 half pans.  Some colors are easy to mix, but I can’t get a good purple with it, so I ordered another set with 48 colors for a little more variety.  I’ll update on that once I get it.

Canson watercolor paper I like this paper so far.  It’s 7×10, so a little smaller than regular paper.  Just make sure if you plan on doing a lot of watercolor to get 140 pound paper.  If you will be doing a little and more drawing, mix media paper is good, too, that’s I think 90 pound.  The heavier the paper the less it will buckle after water has been applied.

Paint mixing palette – I got a cheap one at Michael’s, but the lid of your paint tray would work fine, too.  It took a little getting used to mixing the watercolors on the palette, but I finally got the hang of it.

Mason jar – I just use an old one for my water to clean my brush.  Any old jar will work.

Artist’s Loft Roma Round Brush – Mine is this brand, but I think a #6.  It’s the only one I have and it’s worked well so far.  If you plan on doing a lot of large washes (getting a lot of the paper wet to apply color, like for a sky) at once, get a bigger flat brush.  Trust me, it would be way easier with one.

Paper towel – This is just to wipe the brush off between color.

Sakura Micron Fine Liner – I just got new fine liner pens and love these.  There are 9 sizes, including a brush pen, so you can do all kinds of stuff.  I don’t use them on every painting, but I have for a few and for my regular drawing.

Koi Watercolor Pocket Field Sketch 48 Set – I just got this set and I looooove it!  I can’t speak for quality compared to other sets, really since I don’t know much about that, but they seem pretty good and it has a ton of colors.  It’s not super compact, but it would still be good for travel since it has so many colors.  It also comes with a watercolor brush pen and a mixing tray thing.


Classes I’ve taken:

I didn’t do anything related to painting this week, but I did listen to one about selling on Etsy and one about getting into the mindset of an author.  I’ve been working on things for the shop I want to open up on Etsy this week and learning all I can about that.

Day One:

On day one this week, I practiced some Halloween elements, think eyeballs and spiders, and did three bigger pictures: a spiderweb, some spiders, and a pumpkin.  I really enjoyed these and definitely have improved from last week, and even just through the rest of this week.


Day Two:

Today I didn’t have time to paint, so I just did some practice drawing of fall, Halloween, Christmas elements.  It wasn’t anything special, but it was good practice for some other things I want to start working on and for the next day’s painting.


Day Three:

I put some of yesterdays practice to use and painted some fall things.  Caramel apples, cinnamon sticks, leaves, and other festive seasonal things.  I liked how most of these turned out, especially with the fine liner as part of it.  My pumpkin pie slices could use some work, though.


Day Four:

Today I made the first thing I want to have in my shop, the Hocus Pocus witches’ hair.  It took me a few tries to get it looking alright wth pencil, then I outlined with fine liner and filled them in.  I like how it turned out, but it could be a little bigger.  I also did a witch hat, which I ended up loving!  I also got my new color set today, so I was able to do a lot more.


Day Five:

Today I channeled my fall loving self and worked on fall leaves.  I’m still figuring out the best way to blend the colors together in leaves, but some of them turned out pretty good.  I’ll need to practice more on this.  Let me know if you have any tips on this.


Day Six:

Today I did nothing.  I know, I know.  I didn’t make it that long without missing a day!  Buuuuut, I worked 12 1/2 hours today and basically fell asleep immediately when I got home.  And some days I’ll do like, three or four things, so I say it evens out for now.  This won’t happen often, but there was no way I was going to be able to stay awake long enough to actually do anything.

Day Seven:

The last day this week I did a fun flamingo pineapple thing.  Then I did a big flamingo.  And I loooooove these!  These are also things I would like to have in my shop.  I still need a little practice getting everything spaced out right and the big flamingos the right shape, but it’s a great start and I love how they turned out!  I also took a shot at ice cream cones today.  I don’t love the look of the cones, but I can always try new things for that.  It’s definitely on the right track, though.


I’ve definitely seen improvement this week and have gotten so excited about opening up a shop!  Some of the things I’ve been working on have turned out so good and I can’t wait to share them and get the shop going!

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