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Watercolor with Sketchbooks

supplies

I always have good intentions to use my small collection of sketchbooks, however I think they're an aspirational purchase for me--I want to be the kind of person who will carry a little kit of supplies wherever they go and dash out a quickie painting whenever inspiration strikes. Unfortunately, I've never been much of a doodler or sketcher. For a while I didn't really see the point of having a sketchbook. I'm not a "sketcher," after all. I finally decided to get my first sketchbook in order to keep track of notes--things like color combos I particularly liked, or what...

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Featured Guest Artist on Doodlewash

around the web news

I was the featured guest artist on Doodlewash yesterday! Doodlewash is a sketching and watercolor website created by another Kansas Citian, Charlie O’Shields. They have featured numerous guest watercolor artists over the years, and I got to be the latest when my article went live yesterday. It's the first time I've been featured on someone else's site (with a much larger audience than I currently have on my own) so it's super exciting.  The post has a lot more background on me, and how I got started with watercolor, as well as about a dozen images of my work, many of which...

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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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