I decided to start a new hobby this past Summer. One that is only for me, and an outlet to release some pent up creative energy. I honestly went in to this thinking I'd create something worthy of a kindergarten art class and pleasantly surprised myself. I'm no #picasso but I think did "ok" for only having picked up a watercolor paint brush about an hour before this composition was completed...for the first time ever.
Courses I’ve Taken and had Success With:
Holly Anna Calligraphy’s Watercolor Course was so easy to use. Having NEVER picked up a paint brush, I was painting a full composition within two hours. The course comes with an optional kit that contains all the supplies needed to get started (at pretty exceptional price!). Between the kit having everything I needed and Holly's clear tutorial, I was ready to dive in! Holly clearly explains all of her favorite tools and how to use them along with concise instruction on strokes and painting techniques...all packaged in a 30 minute course! If you're looking to learn watercolor, whether as a hobby or a new venture, check out Holly's course!
Watercolor Illustration: Developing a Wedding Brand Suite by Carolyn Wideman taught me how to digitize my artwork with my IPHONE!! Can you believe it? My iphone and not a fancy scanner! Carolyn also explained how to created a hero artwork with complementary pieces to tie the suite together.
Ana Victoria Calderón’s A Guide to Watercolor Paints and Brands was truly a lifesaver when it came to understanding which supplies and materials were needed. She thoroughly explains the different mediums of watercolor paints: Tube, Pans, Liquids, Neons, Metallics and Handmade colors. She also briefly describes the brushes and papers that work best!
There are a pleothera of online courses to take but I am partial to Skillshare. If you’d like to try Skillshare for two months FREE, click the link below!
My favorite watercolor supplies:
Windsor & Newton Cotman Half Pans - I prefer the pans so I don’t have to prep the tube colors and let them sit overnight!
Princeton Velvetouch 3950 Brushes (Round sizes 0,2,4,6,8,12) - I’ve tested a few and these are by far my favorite!
Canson XL Watercolor Cold Press Paper - this was the first, and only, paper I was introduced too so it has been a staple. I would love to try some others soon to get a sense of textures!
Everyday Watercolor - Learn to Watercolor in 30 Days by Jenna Rainey
2 water cups - one for warm colors and the other for cool colors so the pigments don’t mix. Be sure you have large cups - the pigments are heavily saturated so your water will become mucky! I like a good, old clear Mason jar!
Paper towels for dabbing and a fix-it scrubber brush! This one is my favorite!