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Watercolor – How hard can it be?

About a year ago, my creative interests turned to the visual arts. In my never ending pile of stuff-that-should-be-donated, I came across some of my old sketch books. To share them here would be embarrassing, but just know that my artistic expression has faced challenges along the way.

One medium I never touched on much was watercolor. I watched high speed videos on Instagram and the way the color flowed across the paper had me mesmerized.

How hard can it be?

I soon found that watercolor painting can be both easy and challenging. While watercolor is often regarded as a more difficult medium due to its transparency and fluidity, I also found it to be easier to work with in some ways, such as its portability and ease of cleanup. I can paint anywhere as long as I have a little bit of water.

As a beginner I found watercolor to be a great medium to start with because it is relatively inexpensive and requires fewer materials than other mediums. However, it can also be a bit unforgiving, as mistakes can be difficult to correct once the paint has dried. BUT, a little mistake is just an opportunity to turn a smudge into a flower.

One of the challenges that I have with watercolor is its transparency, which makes it more difficult to achieve vibrant, opaque colors. It also requires a different approach to brushwork and layering compared to other mediums, such as acrylic or oil painting. My background is in oil painting so I have had to visualize paintings very differently.

That being said, I keep the mantra that, with practice and patience, anyone can learn to work with watercolor and achieve stunning results, so I keep plugging along. There are many resources available, such as online tutorials, workshops, and classes, that can help you improve your skills and develop your own unique style. I found YouTube to be filled with how-to videos, but the best place is SkillShare. This is a subscription based app, but the instruction is very detailed.

Ultimately, the level of difficulty in watercolor painting will depend on your individual experience, skill level, and artistic goals. As I have progressed through my sketchbook I can see the improvements from start through today. There is a long way to go, but like any new skill, practice and patience are the keys to success.

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Art Journaling

Journaling is something I have tried to do, but whenever I got started it seemed to slip away. I’d find the book months later with two or three entries and a hundred blank pages. It seemed daunting to have to think of something to write about every day (and here I am doing a daily blogging challenge LOL).

Recently I discovered Art Journaling. It was a game changer.

Art journaling is a visual diary that lends itself to a vast array of creative possibilities. It is a very relaxing way to shed some of life’s ups and downs. It is a way to express the day with a variety of art choices. What I really like about it is that this is a place to scribble, scratch, or freely draw, paint, or paste anything and everything. There are art journals I have seen that are a combination of drawing and writing. The possibilities are vast.

My first Art Journal. I glued mages on that I found online to the cover.

My first journal was small (5×5 inches) and filled mostly with sketching and watercolor. I like the smaller journal because I don’t put self inflicted pressure on myself to draw big. I am able to do smaller works that are finished in a day. Having the internet at my finger tips also opened a whole world of art tutorials. You-tube has an extensive library of art lessons that even the most beginner art journalist can follow. If you do a search on Art Journaling on You-Tube you will have a long list to choose from.

Happy Mistakes everywhere! This is the first journal page I did. All of the sketches are done by following a step-by-step tutorial.

The biggest lesson for me to learn is to allow for all those “happy mistakes”. Everything in life is a learning process and art is no exception. Those happy mistakes are perfect in an art journal because this is a place you can be free of judgement. The only person you will share your journal with is yourself.

If you decide to start your own journal remember to have fun. This is play time not real life. Allow yourself to let go. Breathe. When you are done with your first sketch it is OK to laugh at yourself and be proud of the fact that you just finished your first masterpiece.

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