Today I tried my hands on watercolor painting. I have always been fascinated with visual arts, and watercolor paintings just blow me away every time I see one. But, ironically, I haven’t tried it.
I have tried painting years before but I used oil. I liked the fact that oil paint dries slowly than watercolor. This affords the artist to be able to work more on his painting and make changes. I also liked the more vibrant and solid colors that oil paints give compared to watercolor.
I’ve also tried charcoal painting. I like its simplicity. The use of less art supplies, and the emphasis of tonal values it gives.
But today, as I’ve said, I tried watercolor painting.
Since I haven’t painted in such a long time, I figured to browse on YouTube for some tutorial videos, and I found one that teaches on how to paint seashells. And so on I went to pain my very first piece of watercolor painting!
I think I’m loving it!
The fact that watercolor dries fast can be a plus factor. It allowed me to work on my piece a lot faster than I would if I use oil paint. I also like the “Wet on wet” technique wherein you wet the paper first before painting. This causes the color to diffuse so you’ll get a “soft” look.
Okay, so now I’ll show you my finished work.
I know I still have a long way to go but I think for a first try, my work wasn’t too bad. Hehe. I will definitely practice some more, and enjoy my time doing so.
Since I’m a beginner, the materials I used in this project are:
- Daler Rowney Watercolor set of 6 – $3.97
- Simply Natural Hair Brush Set – $4.47
- Canson XL Watercolor Pad – $9.97
- 2 bottles to hold water
- Plastic lid which I used as palette
- Paper towel to wipe excess water or paint from the brush and to blot the paint
- Pencil to sketch the subject
- Eraser to erase pencil mark
- Tape to tape your paper on a board (masking tape is best)
- Play Doh to hold my brushes (optional)
I plan to buy a Winsor and Newton watercolor set soon because I have read reviews that it has a very good quality and the colors are brighter. And I might also change brushes (not very soon though) because I found that some of them don’t hold water well and they also shed their hair as I paint.
Thank you for reading my post! If you’re reading this, I suppose you did because you like to paint too (or, you might even be a painter yourself). If you are wanting to watercolor paint but haven’t started to do so yet, I encourage you to go ahead and do it… soon! It is so fun! It’s not only a good way to challenge your mind and artistic skills, but also a very good way to destress yourself!
Blessings of love and peace!
I showed my finished work to my Dad in the Philippines, and he said, “Your painting of a snail looks nice!”
So I told him politely, “Dad, it’s not a snail, it’s a seashell.”
Now I know I indeed need more practice. After all, this is just my first. 😉