Practice Makes Perfect

When I was little I used color pens all the time. Everything was clear. There was always a certain area for me to fill in. There was no such thing as blending or mixing colors. I was told that I was not good with colors by more than one art teacher. One even told me that my drawings were good but once I put colors on them I ruined them. Now thinking about it, I feel a bit sad!

I’ve never considered working with watercolors. However, I’ve been seeing many art works and pieces done using watercolors and they are so beautiful. I wish I can paint like some of the artists out there one day. Therefore, a couple days ago I decided to do some research about watercolor. I basically know nothing about it and have no clue what brand of the paint or which brushes I should begin with. The first thing I did was to go on Amazon and look for art supplies. I searched products with the best customer reviews and a reasonable price for a beginner. I found a set of 12 brushes which seemed to include most of the basic shapes. I found a sketcher’s pocket box of watercolors by Winsor & Newton. Also I got myself a Moleskine Watercolour Notebook. Well I do know watercolors go on watercolor papers!

Today I received all the products I ordered and couldn’t wait to give them a try.

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Left to right: My sketch pencil and sharpener, brushes, notebook and watercolor box. 

The first thing I did, of course, was to examine the watercolor box!

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A very cute little box!
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Pans and color labels.
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Each pan was wrapped in plastic and a paper label.

It’s very tiny and only comes with 12 colors. However it’s good enough for me to try first. I unpacked each pan and read through their descriptions.

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Winsor & Newton Watercolours

After I unwrapped each pan and put them back in the box. I felt really excited and happy! These colors look so wonderful. I decided to do a color chart. I prepared myself two glasses of water, one for cleaning the brush and one for dipping.

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All the things I need.

Okay! Now let’s turn to the first page of the new notebook!

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Watercolor papers of this notebook are nice and thick.

Now it’s time for some sampling.

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The process is really fun! Though I’m not very familiar with watercolor, I am very eager to try more and paint more.

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Here’s the result of my color chart. Not exactly a chart but you know what I mean.

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Color samples

After putting down the name and number of each pan. I tried to draw a little fox.

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My very first watercolor fox

I tried to sign my name with a brush and it was definitely a bad idea haha. I think I will have to watch some watercolor tutorials to learn about the basics. At the same time I will experiment and try to paint everyday. This has been fun! I will try to document my learning progress as often as possible. I’m thinking that I should choose a subject, such as plants, animals or something, to draw everyday. I believe it takes a lot of practice before I can feel really comfortable working with watercolor. But hey, practice makes perfect. I’m sure if I keep on practicing something good is to be expected.

 

Till next time.

I-Shan

 

38 thoughts on “Practice Makes Perfect

      1. That is the way of everything … those who have been doing something for a long time make it look like child’s play. I had a friend who once tried to teach me to knit … watching her, I thought, “sure, anyone can do that … she doesn’t even look down at her work … must be EASY.” Boy was I in for a shock! 😀 Hang in … I am eager to see more as you delve into a new medium.

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      2. Exactly! Thank you for telling me this story with your friend. It’s nice to know someone shares the same feeling I have. I’m still trying and will probably start a project on my blog to document my learning progress on watercolors. So welcome aboard 😘😊

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  1. I can’t believe your teachers gave you the discouraging feedback. I’m no expert, but I like your early foray into watercolour …and you have undeniable talent. Nice to meet you 😊

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words. I don’t think too much now of their discouragement now. However it was not nice to say such thing to any kids. Teachers should be encouraging I suppose.

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      1. Absolutely, because negative words remain in our minds with more power. I know teachers are only human but it’s so crucial they think carefully before speaking.

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