I am not an artist, I want to be….. but I’m not. My mother is an artist, My son Grant is an artist, you know what I’m talking about, those gifted individuals that it just flows from….yeah that’s not me, I have to really work at it.
I think that is why I like Watercolor, You can’t force it you just go with it, it sort of takes the pressure off.
So I decided a month or so ago I was going to teach myself to watercolor. I saw a picture I liked on Pinterest (a small obsession of mine) and thought I would give it a try.
If you don’t have watercolors you can pick them up in little sets fairly inexpensive (or if you kids you can borrow theirs) Walmart has paper for a great price I use 140 lb.
- Watercolor paper 140 lb
- Box of crayons
- Assorted brushes
- paint pallet or paper plate
- Two small drinking glasses or jars (One for loading clean water on your paper and one for brush cleaning)
- Paper towels
Take a piece of paper and a crayon (I used white on this one) and start drawing the outline of your picture, the crayon will keep the paper white and hold the paint within those lines. my photo does not capture the vibrancy of the color but you get the idea. once you have your drawing finished, put your paint on to your pallet (Or paper plate) by starting with your lightest colors and layer on darker. example: I started with a small dot of yellow watered down, and then added more yellow, then started adding burn orange.
As you start layering paint take breaks to let your paper dry, if you don’t your paper will warp, and your paint will stop taking to the paper and paint will stop absorbing into the paper.
I used a wet brush, that is why you have two water glasses. One is for cleaning you brush, and the other for loading your brush with clean water before going to your next color.
The Paper towel is for wiping your brush, and fixing mistakes such as to much water on your paper, or taking up paint off your paper that you don’t want.
Experiment on practice paper first if you have not water colored before, to see how the paint flows and colors you like work together. This is great to do with kids!
Ok I guess everyone is an artist!