I have a BFA in Studio Art, which means I took at least one class in most things arty. I used to work in a pottery studio and teach art lessons to children in a private studio, but now I'm a stay at home mom living the dream....
I get asked regularly about my process and the products I use. Today I hope to shed some light on what it is I do and inspire you to pick up a paintbrush!
Watercolor normally involves mixing colors and needing a way to keep those colors separate. It doesn't have to be anything fancy, you could even use an ice cube tray.
In college I only used tube paints. The brands I currently use are Grumbacher and Van Gogh. These are highly pigmented and will last you a long time, but are a bit on the pricey side. I just recently purchased the Angora water color cakes to save me time on mixing/recreating colors. Both of these can give you super saturated colors, just by using less water.
There are so many to choose from, and it really depends on personal preference. Two brands I'm using right now are Grumbacher and Winsor & Newton Cotman. 4. Ink pens. I go through ink pens like crazy. Right now I'm using Sakura Pigma Sensei and Micron pens. I hope to switch over to Copic markers in the near future!
As a lefty I smear pencil lead everywhere! In college a professor told me to transfer my sketches to my nice paper/canvas using graphite paper - or learn to draw from right to left.
I currently use a multi media paper to paint on because that's what I've gotten used to, but I also use watercolor paper from time to time. Again just depends on what you prefer. I recommend trying different types of papers to find out what you like.
All the products I use can be found at your local hobby store or Amazon. Check back next week for a peek into my process!
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What are your favorite watercolor supplies or brands? Share them in the comments!