Done and Done

‪Behold … one 16 sheet, 32 page, 3.5″x5″, refillable watercolor sketchbook, currently filled with 140 lb Arches cold pressed paper.‬ When life gives you a sketchbook filled with crappy paper, do something about it!

Yellow Rose of Texas

I’m continuing to play with watercolors while ignoring my poor tubes of acrylics. I’m really enjoying the watercolors too. In ways I never loved acrylics. Maybe it’s just a “new hotness” factor, or maybe I found a medium I can 100% enjoy working with. Only time will tell.

I started this little thing yesterday and finished it a little while ago. It’s the first watercolor I’ve done where I had a plan and attempted to follow the plan. Didn’t turn out quite as planned. Lost control of it all at the center of the bud, and I couldn’t quite get the “shadow” areas just the way I wanted them. Also, I should have erased my sketch more before starting. I could barely see the lines, but once I painted over them, they seemed really dark. Oops. All the same, I’ve only been using watercolors for about two months, so I’m going to cut myself s little slack. I did learn a lot while working on this, and that’s what is really important right now. I’m really, REALLY enjoying them though.

Watercolor Rose

In other watercolor news, I bought myself a small mixing set of some professional grade paints (have been using student grade), so I’m looking forward to seeing how they work. In fact, here in a few minutes, I’m going to go swatch them!