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My supply "hack"

I'm not even sure I should share this with you--if word gets out about this, I'll lose my chances at bargain supplies too! Well...since I've already got more supplies than I could possibly use up in the next few years, I suppose it won't hurt to let you in on my secret. If you are getting started with watercolor, you may hear or read on the internet that every artist likes different brands. Of paint, paper, brushes--you name it. So if you're like me, and you have hardcore FOMO on the "perfect" supply for you, you'll be very tempted to...

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My First Collage

collage experiments

I made my first collage today from failed painting experiments! I have a stack of underwhelming pantings and color experiments that I've been meaning to do...something...with for a while. The stack keeps growing and I kept putting off trying anything with them, which was silly because they weren't doing me any good like that, so I might as well try something creative and different with them, right? Well another local artist I follow on Instagram made some cool collage cards from old paintings today, and I decided surely I could start with something small like that. So I went to...

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Buy the good stuff already!

supplies

When you're just starting out with watercolor, it can be overwhelming to contemplate the range of supplies and their cost. Pretty much anywhere I looked gave recommendations, but always had caveats that every artist is different, you'll have to just try it yourself to see. Who the heck has time and money to spend on trying every supply under the sun when you don't even know if you'll enjoy watercolor?! It can be very tempting to buy some cheap supplies to dip your toes in the water. In fact, I tried just that, and can confirm that it doesn't work....

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Neutrals & complimentary colors

color theory paint pigment supplies

Orange & blue is one of my favorite color combos to use in my abstract work. Color theory tells us that complementary colors mix to make neutrals, and I've had the best results with blue and orange. Red and green (or more accurately, in my experiments, viridian and a cool red) often work as well, but I've had zero luck finding a pleasing combination of purple and yellow. And I've tried! A LOT. Instead, purple and yellow just make mud, almost without fail, and the worst part is it's not even interesting mud. It's just ugly brown. Give me a lovely granulating...

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Yupo paper?

supplies

Have you heard of Yupo paper? It's a tree-free, synthetic paper from Legion. Like many watercolor supplies, it's not particularly cheap, so I wanted to just dip my toes barely into the water with a tiny, 5x7 in. 10 sheet pad. I've seen it around on Instagram, but I ignored the lesson on it in the Watercolor Mastery class I took since I didn't have the supply at the time. (Honestly, I am also such a stereotype of a man--I hate to ask for directions or read instructions!) It took me a few days to work up to trying it...

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