I’ve always said that I couldn’t paint. I have no brush control. But as I’m developing my art skills, watercolours is something that appeals to me greatly.
I’ve had watercolour pencils for a while now, which I have to admit have been mostly ignored since I discovered alcohol markers. And last year I did some experimenting with a cheap waterbrush and the paints I’d had for years.
I decided after that to get myself some better paints. And so for Christmas I got myself a nice set, some brushes and a palette.
The brush in the paint set was very not-useful. Not for painting anyway, but I put it with the brushes I use for glue. Swatching was fun. I know that some people dislike swatching, but I really enjoy it. And the colours are very pretty.
The paints seemed a little chalky. I’ve watched enough art videos on YouTube to know that chalky is not good for watercolours. But I carried on regardless, because they were pretty and new. And I needed to practice.
I painted a little galaxy. I’d been working on galaxies with alcohol markers – which I will blog about at some point. As usual, the galaxy looked kinda crap until I added the stars.
I painted a little monster. Because that’s what I do.
Which is when I discovered I had used the wrong inking pen. I didn’t notice it with the galaxy because I used black paint.
So the next step was pen testing. I do enjoy the testing aspect of new supplies.
And once I’d narrowed down which pens were safe to use, I started on an actual piece of art.
I remembered to paint sections that were not adjoining so that the paint didn’t run into itself and go muddy.
And I remembered that I could use a heat gun to dry the paint quicker – which is good because I’m impatient.
I learned that I need to be more careful about dripping paint.
And I got gradually more annoyed with the chalkiness of the paint.
I practically ruined an inking pen going over the lines after it had all dried. But I enjoyed making the background, and I’m happy with the piece overall. Who doesn’t love K-9?
The chalkiness irritated me so much though that I haven’t really touched them since then. Which, as you can see from the date on K-9, was back in early January.
I have just bought myself some proper paints though – as well as some other supplies – so look for some more watercolour learning posts soon.