Hello people, how are you?
July 1st is the start of world watercolour month; I tried this challenge last year and just over half way through was stopped in my tracks by a broken arm ooof. This year I’m trying again. (Click here to go to doodlewash’s page for details of what, why and where to donate if you want to.)
Truth is I got off to an inauspicious start, instead of painting lovely pictures I sat and filled out a list of colours!
These moon Jellyfish after were fun to paint, I like the way it turned out
Hibiscus flower, it became overworked very quickly! “ just need to put the brush down and back away slowly”
More hibiscus flowers, broke out my very best Saunders Waterford paper for this one. I had been hoarding this tiny piece for ages. First try, ruined it completely ahhh! Turned it over and tried again this time just playing with brush strokes and shapes. This is my favourite so far, no pressure just playing about.
Still playing with the hibiscus flowers. I had a theory that if I painted the same thing over and over I would eventually work it out and get better at it, meh. It was a little better than day two but still missing something.
This is where I lose the plot and wonder why I’m doing this at all! I had been looking forward to this challenge for ages but I just wasn’t feeling it, then I realised I hadn’t set any parameters like I did in the Inktobers (e.g. use brush pen/dip-pen for all art works) it means that even if the art sucks I’m still working towards improving something. So instead of using my usual sketchbook (cartridge paper), all art is going to be painted on watercolour paper, it will help me to get used to how the water and paint reacts. It will maybe my new go-to paper?
This is my usual style of painting; it is on watercolour paper so everything reacted differently. It felt fresher and I really like the way the brush pen moves across this paper.
There is a lone Californian poppy plant in the garden; it seeded itself from last year. I sat in the garden with my watercolour paper and painted it in the sunshine, lots of fun.
I think painting small things and just getting used to the supplies I have is going to build up some of my confidence and skills plus it will be the most fun way to continue.
I’ll post the next seven here next week or you can catch them daily on instagram here.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by today. Till next time, have fun x