There’s really nothing more exciting than opening a fresh tin of watercolor paint. It’s like a box of little gourmet candies, just waiting to be sampled. Combine it with a fresh sketchbook and it’s a little slice of heaven. I have to admit that I still have a tin or two that are waiting for me to actually try them. I know one day I’ll dive in and make a proper mess, but right now, they’re just waiting for their day in the sun. When I first started painting with watercolor a couple of years ago, I wanted to try everything in sight. My wallet, however, was wincing, so these days, I’ve relaxed a bit and simply enjoy the supplies I already have. In truth, you don’t need a lot of supplies to enjoy watercolor, which is exactly what made me fall in love with this medium. Once you discover what you love, just a few colors, a little brush, some water and some paper is all that’s required to make a little magic and have a ton of fun! No elaborate studio is needed, just a bit of perseverance and a touch of passion. That, to me, is the best part of this amazing medium.
Although I don’t sketch on the go, as my life simply isn’t set up that way, I love having my supplies in a tiny form factor that I can carry with me at all times. On the impossible chance I actually have a moment to sketch during the work day, at least I know that I’ll be properly prepared. But, I’m actually quite content with my little nightly ritual. It’s very comforting and relaxing to paint at home, away from crowds and noise. Just me, a little glass of wine, placed on the opposite side from my water to avoid confusion and catastrophe, and a bit of music. Sure, the clock is ticking on, and each one of these posts is a bit of a race to the finish. I have to complete them in proper time so Philippe and I can move on and enjoy our evening together. Often, in less than an hour, I have to complete both the doodlewash and the post. I’m thankful to those of you who read these rambles, because they always come from the heart, but are typed rather frantically and with no actual editing. It’s truly a wonder that anything legible appears here at all. But the package of a quick little doodlewash and quicker still post is indeed the signature that has become my art.
This little tin was loosely modeled after one I received from Da Vinci Paint Co. and although I’ve been using their wonderful tube paints lately, I never used the tin. Instead, I’ve sent it to Jessica, so she can do a proper review for us in the future. And tonight, I have another chance for you to get something new and wonderful. I’m giving away 5 Hahnemühle Leonardo, 600gsm, 9.4″x12.5″, 10 sheet blocks to the first 5 artists who’ve not yet received Leonardo paper from me yet. Simply reply below with the phrase, “I Love New Things!” to let me know you’d like one and tell me what type of paper you’d prefer: Cold Pressed, Hot Pressed, or Rough (US/Canada only). And be sure to watch next week for another awesome giveaway that will combine both of my current loves of Hahnemühle Paper and Da Vinci paints! Yeah, my favorite thing in the world is actually sharing the love with all of you, and that singular amazing experience of getting new art supplies!
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Da Vinci Paint Co.: Da Vinci Yellow, Hansa Yellow Deep, Da Vinci Red, Alizarin Crimson, Red Rose Deep, Ultramarine Blue, Leaf Green, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, and Payne’s Gray. Lamy Al-Star Safari Fountain Pen with sepia ink in an A5 Hahnemühle Watercolour Book.
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