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…..you 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!