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What is "Palette Knife Watercolor" Anyway??

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What is "Palette Knife Watercolor" Anyway??

I talk a lot here on my blog and Instagram about how I prefer to paint without a brush. In particular, I do a lot of painting with a palette knife. But I realised recently that I probably assume people know what the heck I'm talking about but they actually don't! Just because I do this multiple times a week doesn't mean you know what it is--and I'm bad about documenting my process after all!So I took a short video of me painting a very basic watercolor palette knife landscape and thought it might help to see the process in...

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Ditch the Frame

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Ditch the Frame

When you think of how to display art, your first thought is probably immediately: in a frame, behind glass. If you have a work on canvas or cradled board, maybe you can hang it directly on a nail. But if you have a collection of small original art, prints, postcards, or family photos, you could use a display like this to show off a lot in a little space:   View this post on Instagram A post shared by Jen Roberts - Artist (@late_blooming_art) Think outside the frame when you display art!

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Starting the 100 Days Project

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Starting the 100 Days Project

I am now 8 days through the 100 Days Project. This is a hashtag & trend I see going around social media every year--the goal is to do a small creative activity for 100 days. Ideally it would be an unbroken stretch, but life happens, so just keep going. Even though I have really disliked painting every day when I participate in July's World Watercolor Month, for some reason this had been calling to me. The project is an official thing, with a website and community and everything, and it has an official start date at the end of January. But I...

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First Completed Sketchbook

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First Completed Sketchbook

Sketchbooks haven't been a huge part of my artistic practice thus far. I tend to tear up my large sheets of watercolor paper for small tests and experiments instead. However, last fall I finally completed my first sketchbook and wanted to give you a video tour of it! It took me 2 years to use all the pages in this sketchbook I made myself. Most watercolor sketchbooks contain awful cellulose paper, so I made this one by hand with a stab binding technique and 100% cotton Bee paper.

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Late Holiday Gift Guide

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Late Holiday Gift Guide

Welcome to the Late Blooming Watercolors Late Holiday Gift Guide 2020 edition! Christmas is just over a week away, so this gift guide will only be useful if you need to do some last minute shopping for the budding watercolorist in your life. 1. Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Sketcher's Pocket Box Set This is one of the first sets of decent watercolor paint I purchased, and it's still my number 1 recommendation for those getting started with watercolor. It's considered "student" grade paint, but it's still a huge step up from the Crayola watercolors many of us used as children. It comes...

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