Just (Start) Watercolor: Student Inspiration

One of the best things that has come out of starting this blog and sharing my own watercolor work is connecting with beginners and helping them along as they learn to work with the medium.

I especially enjoy hearing about why they chose to try watercolors and what kind of breakthroughs they are making just by painting and trying new things.

Ultimately that is the intent behind why I created my foundational online course, Just Watercolor. A belief that you just need to start painting.

My goal is to encourage beginners not just to paint with watercolors, but to believe in themselves and build the confidence to keep painting.

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How To Make Simple But Useful Watercolor Swatch Cards

I’m excited to finally be sharing this blog post all about my watercolor swatch cards. This post will walk you through you how I make them, what they tell me about the paints, and how I organize them for storing and easy reference.

At this point my swatch card collection contains 80 cards even though I don’t own 80 tubes of paint! More than 50% of the colors are from paint samples given to me by watercolor artist friends.

So I know you probably have some paints to swatch, so let’s get started!

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Are You Wondering How To Start Watercoloring?

So you’ve bought watercolor supplies. You know they are good supplies and you’re excited to use them. You’ve got everything out on the table. But now what…are you wondering what to do next?

If you’re sitting there wondering how to actually *start* watercoloring, I’m going to give you a few ideas in today’s blog post.

The suggestions I give below are ways of getting started with watercolors that have worked for me. There are many ways to approach starting and learning with watercolors besides what I’m suggesting, but I hope that this gives you some ideas. The methods will vary based on your own personality and how you like to learn and explore new things.

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Behind the Scenes: Custom Ultrasound Watercolor Art

I’m still not sure if “behind the scenes” is the right term for this but in today’s blog post and video I am sharing the story behind where the idea of painting these watercolor ultrasounds came from and the process of how I paint them.

So where did this idea come from?

Well - it wasn’t an “idea” that I came up with while brainstorming one day or anything. And to be honest, I love that it didn’t originate that way.

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You Deserve To Spend Money On Good Watercolor Supplies

Whether you consider yourself a skilled watercolor artist or a beginner, one thing is for certain: you’ve spent your fair share of time investigating watercolor supplies.

I’m also pretty sure about another thing: at some point in time you have thought to yourself, “if I just buy ‘X’ tool/supply/product, it’s going to make my art better”.

Which, if you’re a beginner, is often followed immediately by this thought: “Too bad I’m not good enough to be using ‘X’ supply yet.”

In this blog post, I’m going to share why you deserve to use better quality or professional grade supplies, even if you’re “just a beginner”.

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How To Paint Ballerina Figures With Watercolor

Today, I’m sharing with you how I painted these simple, abstract ballerina figures using watercolors.

I received this question from a student in my online watercolor course, Just Watercolor and thought it would be a great one to share on the blog.

Here was her exact question:

I absolutely love your ballet girls. How did you do them? How did you keep them simple and abstract? Was it a happenstance movement of a brush that created them initially, or were you trying to create exactly that? What inspired them? How did you do them? How big are they? Did they turn out differently than you envisioned? Did you make mistakes and have to start over?

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This Is Why I Started Watercoloring: My Story

Today, I’d like to share with you why I started watercoloring.

If you’re on my email list, you may have already heard this story. We all have a story behind why the desire comes up to try something new - even something fun like watercolors. A lot of times it appears as a simple need to be creative, but more often than not, the story is deeper than that.

While I’m still hesitant to share this here on the blog, I am doing so in hopes that it inspires you to start or keep going with your creative pursuits. You never know how it will help you and where it will take you.

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The Best Watercolor Supplies To Buy On Amazon

Amazon has made a lot of things available at just the push of a button and while it can be dangerous for the wallet, it does mean access to many art supplies at affordable prices. Not to mention, miscellaneous tools and supplies that I find myself using quite a lot. 

Today I’m going to share with you what I think are the best watercolor supplies you can get on Amazon.com.

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How to Digitize Watercolor Paintings

It’s said that no experience in life is ever wasted, that everything you learn is valuable. This is true for me when it came to digitizing my artwork.

I spent 13 years in architecture learning and using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign for graphics and presentations. So when it came to digitizing my watercolor paintings, I pretty much already knew how - which was so helpful!

For those you that are just figuring this out and are less familiar with the software programs, I’m going to show you how I get my watercolor paintings into my computer and cleaned up using Adobe Photoshop.

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