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Instagram Mashup – Watercoloury Experimentations

I’m pretty active over on Instagram (come follow me!) so once a month I’m sharing with you the work I feel most excited about!

I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’m not very much into watersoluble media. I’m a total acrylics lover yo. However, with the summer approaching and generally being out of the house more, I really felt I should have a proper try at watercolours. They’re much more portable, less messy and I should be able to take them on the plane no problem (going to Greece this weekend!).

IMG_6587I’m using a lovely Schmincke set based on a colour palette put together by the effervescent Jane Davenport.

Firstly let me say: holy shit batman, ARTIST QUALITY WATERCOLOURS! Such a big difference to cheaper ones in terms of how they mix with water, how it feels to apply them to the page and the vibrancy of the colours. I feel a bit torn saying this, because I do love encouraging you to use what you can afford and not let supplies be a barrier to entry. But anyway you could always drop subtle hints that a small set of these would be the perfect thing for an upcoming birthday or Christmas….

Full disclosure: I haven’t really got a clue how to use watercolours. I don’t know the techniques. But I did figure it was probably just adding water.. right? I’ve found it challenging, but also fun! It’s not about blending things to buggery like you do with acrylics.

Top tips:

  • Use water brushes like Pentel Aquabrush
  • Use a small spray bottle with water to spray directly onto the palette
  • Work in a watercolour journal. I’m using Stillman & Birn Zeta series
  • Work anywhere! It’s super portable

So, my first forays into using watercolours, let me show you them!

Experimenting with #watercolour in my Stillman and Birn journal. #artjournaling #arteveryday #artstagram #irisimpressionsart

Experimenting with #watercolour in my Stillman and Birn journal. #artjournaling #arteveryday #artstagram #irisimpressionsart

Date night, Greek food & art journaling! #artjournal #artjournaling #watercolour #irisimpressionsart

Date night, Greek food & art journaling! #artjournal #artjournaling #watercolour #irisimpressionsart

Expression. Art is my life! #artjournaling #artjournal #watercolour #stillmanandbirn #intuitiveart #irisimpressionsart

Expression. Art is my life! #artjournaling #artjournal #watercolour #stillmanandbirn #intuitiveart #irisimpressionsart

Closer view of my art journaling from today while out &  about with the family. #artjournal #watercolour #instaartists #irisimpressionsart

Closer view of my art journaling from today while out & about with the family. #artjournal #watercolour #instaartists #irisimpressionsart

Practice with #watercolour it's growing on me but I feel I have a lot if technique to learn! #artjournal #arteveryday #artoninstagram #mixedmedia #irisimpressionsart

Practice with #watercolour it’s growing on me but I feel I have a lot if technique to learn! #artjournal #arteveryday #artoninstagram #mixedmedia #irisimpressionsart

Bit different than what I usually do. Just playing with my watercolours while watching OITNB. #watercolour #artjournal #stillmanandbirn #artstagram #100faces #irisimpressionsart

Bit different than what I usually do. Just playing with my watercolours while watching OITNB. #watercolour #artjournal #stillmanandbirn #artstagram #100faces #irisimpressionsart

Have you used watercolours? What do you think of them? Be sure to let me know in the comments!

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