Showing posts with label Watercolor. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Watercolor. Show all posts

Everyday Watercolor Review - Highly Recommend

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This fall, before I had Georgie, I decided to try to get better at watercolor painting.  I have dabbled in it for a couple years, but I haven't been consistent about practicing at all.  I love the look of watercolor and it's one of those things that I know I need to practice more consistently in order to get better.  I signed up for an online class this fall, and I snagged Everyday Watercolor by Jenna Rainey as soon as I saw it!

This book is a thorough introduction to modern watercolor painting.  Rainey explains her choice of supplies and color theory in the introduction, and then she jumps right into 30 days worth of watercolor projects designed to help you develop your own painting skills.  I loved that Rainey didn't just tell you how to paint each project, but she really explains the reasoning behind the different techniques that she uses so you can take them and apply them to different subjects.

The book is also just gorgeous to look at.

I really appreciated how Rainey guides the reader into thinking about the shapes of the subjects and how the light should fall, and I am excited to practice.  I love Rainey's style of painting, and this book is perfect if you would like to learn to paint in a similar style.  After reading this book I feel like learning to pain in watercolors is that much more attainable. 

Unfortunately I didn't get a chance to read this until after Georgie was born, and I haven't been able to actually sit down with paint between adjusting to five kiddos!  But one of my goals for the new year will be to get back into practicing, and I'm excited to work through all the projects in this book.  I'll hopefully share some of the projects in 2018 - my goal is at least one a week!  Highly recommend if you are interested in the watercolor medium.

Note: I received a copy of this book for free from the publisher in exchange for a review.  This is my honest opinion.

Creating A Meaningful Gallery Wall

I have been dying to create a gallery wall for several years, and I'm not sure what has been stopping me.  I think I was unsure of what wall I could use - we had a large blank wall in our empty downstairs living room, but it seemed silly to decorate that wall without getting some furniture first.  So I convinced myself I couldn't start yet, and I have been sitting on the gallery wall idea ever since.

4 Resources For Starting In Watercolors

Last summer I started dabbling in painting in watercolors.  I took oil painting lessons when I was younger, but that was about 20 years ago, and I had never tried watercolors before.  For some reason, maybe inspired by the recent watercolor trends, I decided to give it a try.

It's not something I do every day, or even every month, but every now and then when the inspiration strikes, I'll pull out my watercolors and pencils and see what I come up with.  It's a fun way to be creative and a little artsy, and you don't even have to be good at drawing.  It's just as fun to slap some paint on the paper in splotches and see how it looks when translucent layers dry over each other.

Overall, I feel like watercolors are a really easy medium to get started in - you don't need a lot of fancy supplies - you don't even have to do much research.  I went to Hobby Lobby and bought a basic watercolor kit, and some watercolor paper, and that was that.  But if you are thinking about trying watercolors as a hobby, and you need an extra little boost to get you started, I have some resources for your inspiration!

Urban Watercolor Sketching (A Review)


This past summer I started dabbling in watercolors.  I used to take oil painting lessons when I was a girl, and something made me decide to give watercolors a try.  I was thinking it might be a little easier to paint in short sessions than with oils, since I only have limited time to do that sort of thing with three munchkins.

Well, watercolors are way different than oils!  I experimented here and there and started to figure it out a little bit, but I still felt pretty lost, so I had to get this book when I saw it was up for review.

Urban Watercolor Sketching by Felix Scheintserger is a great beginner guide to painting with watercolors.  He starts with the very basics (such as the color wheel), but he addresses everything in a way that doesn't make you feel stupid if you didn't already know what he is writing about.  He goes over some basic watercolor techniques and gives tips throughout.

What I liked about this book is that it wasn't a "how to" sort of book as much as a book to give you inspiration.  He writes about watercolors in such an easy-going way that it gives you confidence to experiment and figure things out for yourself.  He paints from a very unique perspective, but he doesn't try to impose his style on the reader, and I like that.  The information is also broken up with many of Scheintserger's sketches and paintings, so it is easy and interesting to read.

Every time I read a chapter I was ready to break out my paper and paints and experiment, but the kids haven't allowed me to paint much lately.  However, I think I will keep this book handy and read a chapter here and there when I need a little inspiration to try watercolors again!

Note: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for this review.  This is my honest opinion.
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