Getting ready for World Watercolor Month in July! (100 Face Challenge #65)

You don’t need expensive materials and supplies to join us next month for World Watercolor Month. I learned last night that a pen from the office can be turned into watercolor!    First, I need to thank Kathy for another wonderful reference image.   Birds, blooms, butterflies… name it, Kathy’s got it over at Backyard Bird Nerd.   You have got to check her site out if you haven’t already.   I sketched this in my 8 x 5 1/2″ Strathmore Visual Watercolor journal:


I was inspired by Charlie at Doodlewash, who recently painted a female cardinal and it was just lovely.    It made me want to try a bird painting, as I’ve not done one in awhile.   I always think of Kathy’s site immediately when I’m looking for a backyard bird, as her images are so crisp, and her birds have personality!    Love it!    So I typed “female cardinal” into Kathy’s search box, and poof!    Loads of posts with the bird I wanted to sketch!   I sketched her with one of the pens I use in the office, a Uniball 207 by Signo.    Touched it with a damp, small watercolor brush and there you have it, a quick watercolor painting.   Uniball still makes these pens, but they are going to a waterproof ink for many of them now, it seems, as I searched Staples for links for you.

The good news though is for a couple dollars more, you can pick up a compact, introductory watercolor palette that will go with you anywhere and includes a brush!   The Sketcher’s box from Winsor and Newton’s Cotman line goes for under $15 at Blick, which in my opinion is one of the best art supply deals going.   This is my favorite “every day” palette, as it has a very small (roughly 5 x 2.5″) footprint, you can mix colors in the three mixing wells in the flip-up lid, and 12 half-pans of color are included.    I started with this palette almost two years ago, and haven’t run out of a color yet!    So for $20, you can have a brush, a palette, paint and a watercolor journal, which is everything you need to join in the fun next month!   (Note:   As a Blick affiliate, purchases from these links help to support my site.)

If you’ve always wanted to paint in watercolor, I hope you’ll join us next month!    It’ll be lots of fun, and it’s a great introduction to the lovely playground of art!     I’ll have more ideas for the watercolor beginner this week.    Thanks as always for stopping by and joining in the conversation.   Peace and a productive, creative week to all!


68 thoughts on “Getting ready for World Watercolor Month in July! (100 Face Challenge #65)

  1. Wow, you’re Cardinal is just lovely. The details in the face are wonderful.

    That little Windsor & Newton Cotman palette was the second watercolor palette I bought. I’ve had it about 4 yrs and have only had to refill one pan of color. It’s so lightweight, and easy to pack in a travel bag. I use that little pocket brush all the time with different watercolor paints, and palettes. I agree with you. It’s a super value and a great palette to get started with.

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    1. Thanks, Deborah! I think starting out in watercolor can be overwhelming, but we really only need a few things. I wish someone had told me this when I started! These are supplies I still enjoy using, it’s not as though they’re really low quality and I don’t want to use them anymore. They grow with you! Glad you enjoyed my bird. I do like working with those pens, lol.

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      1. I’d like to branch out a bit and try working with a fountain pen in addition to my Sukura Micron Pens. It’s just making the commitment to working in pen is so scary! 🙂

        No, it doesn’t cost a lot to get started. My first palette is, was attached to a little how to book on watercolor. I’ve long since taken the palette off the booklet. 🙂 I don’t even know the brand name of those watercolors. It was on sale at a local bookstore for under $10. I still enjoy using those paints too. That little 8 half pan palette has beautiful colors.

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    1. Kathy, you should be working FT for Birds and Blooms. Honestly, I’m not being kind! Close, sharp and personality?? How many nature photos do you see that have all of that. Seriously. I can’t thank you enough for sharing your birds and your lovely surroundings with us. 💜


  2. Oh it is so tempting… I have two other courses ongoing and two more starting on July 1st plus my regular art journaling plus icad challenge… oh did I say I work full time? Hehehe… I think I will join 😁. Oh, and nice bird!

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    1. Thanks, Jill! I was surprised it worked out this well, I expected an office pen like this wouldn’t be nearly as cooperative when the gel ink met the water. I’ve worked with artist quality markers that don’t look any different when mixed with water. A nice surprise.

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  3. Yay!! This is awesome, Laura! 😍😃 Yay, you went and did it! hehe I love the monochromatic look…it’s awesome. And those eyes… seriously, you pack so much emotion and interest in the eyes you create. Love this!! July is going to be sooooo awesome!! I can’t believe it all starts this Friday!!!

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  4. I love how your cardinal turned out! So lovely. 🙂
    Can’t wait for world watercolour month – great post encouraging people! There isn’t much reason not to join in my mind 😀

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