I love getting mail, especially new art supplies! A good brush pen is hard to find, so when my friend posted one of her lovely drawings on Facebook and divulged her source I ordered a sampler. They arrived promptly from JetPens.com and they were not excessively packaged. One of them came with one ink refill, the other ones appear to be disposable. I’ve loved calligraphy since forth grade when I ordered a Scholastic calligraphy book that came with nib pens and started a small trend in our class. I only wish I spoke Mandarin and Japanese.
I love painting with watercolor, so I’m sharing with you the master painter’s list of watercolor supplies – beyond tempera paint. Its easy to paint beautifully with these art supplies. Tempera paint never mixes into water as beautifully as the sumi-e ink in the opening sequence of Marco Polo, for example.
So spare yourself the disadvantage of poor materials and pick up some Windsor and Newton watercolors and the other supplies on this list.
You can buy all of these Art Materials on Amazon. Listed in no particular order.
Tape the edges of your paper for a clean edge and your paper won’t slide around. Painters’ tape is better than masking tape, which will work if you must paint now.
I bought Bee Paper 100% Rag 140# Cold Press Watercolor Paper Pack, 50 Sheets per Pack from Amazon and was pretty happy with it. I trust Fabriano brand – Fabriano Studio Watercolor Pad 300G 50 Shts- any thick quality watercolor paper will do.
Artist Quality Watercolor Paints
Cheap but Good Brushes
Loew-Cornell Brush Set Value Pack
Nylon brushes are the best ones, this pack has a variety that includes nylon as well. I buy cheap ones at Wal-Mart (the only thing I actually to Wal-Mart for, although I inevitably end up getting other things too :p).
Draw it first in your sketchbook and make sure your painting will be a success.
Canson Universal Sketch Paper Pad 5.5 x 8.5 “: 100 Sheets
Sakura 25-Piece Cray-Pas Junior Artist Assorted Color Oil Pastel Set
The drawing won’t disappear when you start painting, because these pastels resist watercolor. $5.29
With this painting, the smooth, cool blue sky contrasted with the textured wild flowers and fluffy white clouds create depth and a feeling of being on top of the world.
Here is the finished gradient from dark to light in the middle and then back to dark.
I love Esther; everything she writes is wonderful. I always enjoy listening to the sound of her pleasant voice, when I want to feel better. I listen to her guided meditation as often as I listen to the ones from WalksWithin.com.
So I was really sure I would like this even before I read it. And it did not disappoint; it exceeded expectations and sent me immediately to a high flying disc. While silently reading next to my husband I would start laughing and the only way to get the joke is to read this book.
Wayne Dyer is a very intelligent and articulate person so his conversation with Esther is so interesting and she playfully and hilariously answers his question. I would love to hear the audiobook version of this conversational book.
My favorite part is when Esther tells the story of focusing upon blue glass, butterflies, and feathers and after a short time all of these things arriving into her experience just like Pam Grout talks about in E-Cubed. I would love to see so many butterflies and feathers as well!
I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
This magical book is right up my alley. It’s everything fun about magical thinking!
It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s full of silly and simple experiments … and following Pam Grout’s thoughts will put a smile on your face, and more. My favorite parts of this charming book are not the experiments (which are wonderful), but the anecdotes from people who did the experiments in E-Squared (the first book) and had heartwarming and incredible experiences. I could read those all day long!
The experiments are also effective – the proof is in the pudding. I see Nissan X-terras EVERYWHERE now, and think of Pam almost every-time. Why does a truck remind me of Pam? Read the book and find out!
One caveat- if you do an experiment and get no results, it’s very likely that you did not actually focus on the experiment like Pam requests. Try more meditation if you have trouble focusing.
This book is for people who like to have fun and feel happy! I received this book for free from Hay House Publishing for review purposes.
I post regularly on Instagram so here are some of the paintings I’ve recently photographed.
I stocked my shelves with some of my many paintings and other artwork, and I will have some of them for sale on my Etsy. I’m inclined to keep some of them for myself, but if there’s anything you like let me know and I’ll list it. All of the mini paintings are watercolors. The two goddesses Hecate and Diana are prints. The Magic Red Roses are an acrylic painting.
The color of red in our kitchen is terrible. It clashes with every color in the house, it matches none of our furniture, and it colors everything in the kitchen in an unflattering light. In a different house, with white cupboards and black countertops, with stainless steel or gold accents, it would absolutely be amazing. In the process of painting over the red, I started looking at red mural ideas and discovering most of them were cherry trees or roses. So I decided to riff off those ideas in my own distinct style instead of the clip art/ off the rack choices I’d seen online.
The roses are heavily stylized- think of Beauty and the Beast, tattoos by Dave Quiggle, and the deciduous tree and evergreen tree are pure observation committed to memory. The mountain is inspired by Mount Rainier, but it can’t be accurate as I’ve only glimpsed the mountain from the freeway and never sat down plein air to learn how it looks.
If I was going to really finish this mural, I’d take out my gold Tiger’s Eye Martha Stewart Metallic paint and start filling in some of those negative shapes, and I’d do the sky in a baby blue with atmospheric perspective, to tone done the red. But since I’m planning on painting over the whole wall because of the total clashing red, I won’t be using any of the $25 gallon paint here!
I showed these photos to my art class at school. I knew they’d give me a good critique. They told me, “It’s like being in a forest!”
Why am I painting over this gorgeous mural? This red background was painted without permission by a previous tenant. It matches nothing, so we’ve received permission to paint over it. I’m using white primer to create the mural because I wanted to do a portfolio piece, but I will be painting over the whole wall eventually. The red just clashes with the slate gray countertops and the white sage walls in the adjoining room, as you can see here. I’ll do the whole room in white primer and then color match to the living room (that light sage color next to the red below). I would match to the countertops, but they are laminate and that gray blue is too cold for this climate.
Just because you can use painters tape doesn’t mean you should. Going to have to lose the red on our kitchen. A photo posted by Katana Dufour (@katanaleigh) on
What? #cat A photo posted by Katana Dufour (@katanaleigh) on
What are you doing this weekend? #mural #art A photo posted by Katana Dufour (@katanaleigh) on
Red and white mural art love light A photo posted by Katana Dufour (@katanaleigh) on
I chose mountains, trees, and roses, because they are so much fun to paint and they make me happy to look at. I liked the drips because they created a nice striping effect to bridge the middle ground of the deciduous tree with the foreground heavily stylized swirls and roses. You can see my appreciation for graffiti art in this, as well as my more classical art-school subject matter. And the blending of the two is so post-post-modern. I love it. It’s making this red so much easier to live with.