Watercolor Painting

Watercolor Painting Tools - Part 1: Paper

Time to live up to my past promise on an extensive overview of tools for watercolor painting. If I had to rank the priority of each, I would break it out as follows:

1. Paper - quality 140lb or 300lb watercolor paper

2. Paints - Artist grades will certainly improve your painting skills and techniques

3. Brushes - This comes in last place because different artists' prefer different types of brushes 

More Terrariums and a New WIP!

More Terrariums and a New WIP!

My second hobby is too messy...

I bought some plants about a week or so ago from JuciyKits.com to build a few more terrariums. They have a great selection and wonderful terrarium kits for anyone who doesn't want to drive around town picking up all the necessary supplies.

They also have great tutorials and tips on terrarium creation and care. Their 'Moonshine' series inspired me to make these cute little BlueMason Jar Terrariums!

Spring flowers & Inspiration

Spring flowers & Inspiration

Spring is finally here in NYC! Warm weather, flowers, sunshine all around...including allergies. Not so fun.

It's been awhile since my last post but I've finished my last piece and began working on a new flower painting (hopefully in time for Mother's day!)

Glow - Mini Walk-through

Glow - Mini Walk-through

Hi everyone! Sorry for the lack of posts lately. I've been terribly swamped at work since the holidays are coming up. Today I will walk-through one of my latest rose paintings "Glow"

Unfortunately, I didn't take many photos to document the process for this one since it was more of a speed watercolor painting practice for me. The steps taken are very similar to what I did for Primrose which you can read about here

Moleskine Watercolor Journal

Moleskine Watercolor Journal

I decided to buy a new journal just for watercolors and settled on the super expensive A4 Moleskine Watercolor Album. I usually use a small 9x6 Aquabee journal but it was spiral-ring bounded and didn't keep my pages in place. Moleskines are extremely popular and I could never figure out what the hype was about (especially because they come with a hefty price tag) 

Types of Palettes

Types of Palettes

The golden rule about palettes is that there is no perfect  palette. The type of palette you use is completely up to personal preference! I would like to note that I am not a palette addict...I just haven't found the one yet. 

There are three main types of palettes: plastic, metal and porcelain/ceramic.