I chipped away at another bit of my fear of the unknown last weekend. I took the Creative Girl watercolor class by Danielle Donaldson earlier in the year and loved it. After the class was over, she announced a watercolor workshop across the country and one of the stops was Denver. I didn’t think I would be able to attend but luckily things worked out so I could.
This was an all day watercolor workshop and I can’t remember the last time I had seven hours where it was just me focused on art. The venue was beautiful, Old Glory Antiques off of Broadway, with vintage finds all over. I was surrounded by beautiful creative women in the workshop who flew or drove from all over. Some hadn’t even painted with watercolor before, it was pretty cool. We did figure eight and swirl washes of different color paints, watching how they reacted and dried. Then we tried to find the things we liked and didn’t like so we could work on our own styles. Later on we worked on recreating one of Danielle’s watercolor girls. I think I focused too hard trying to get what I could out of every moment because I ended up getting a headache afterward. Does that happen to anyone else or just me? Anyway it was a great workshop and I can’t wait to be able to attend more and meet more inspiring women like Jennifer Rizzo, Jeanne Oliver, Danielle Donaldson and my new painterly Instagram friends. Thanks for the connection and community.
This month is absolutely nuts but one of the high-points was my birthday. My oldest nephew, Antoine, has been talking about coming back out to visit from California for awhile and he recently texted me saying he was definitely coming this year in October. I was excited and left it at that. The Friday before my birthday weekend (August 9) I came home with the girls and Raul helped me with getting them out of the car and such. I was holding Z and I came in the house to see an iPhone pointing at me from around the corner. I had no idea whose hand it was and then my nephew jumped from around the corner and said “Surprise!”. I could not and still cannot believe it! It was the best surprise and he recorded the whole thing. Raul and Antoine had been planning this since April!! Sneaky and I love surprises so I’m over the moon. 😀
The rest of the weekend was full of hanging out at the zoo, taking pics, chatting it up, playing Ticket to Ride, eating our fill of homemade food and peach cobbler. So much love, it was a perfect birthday weekend.
This isn’t everything, I obviously forgot my paper! Probably because the day I sketched this I really did forget my paper (whole pad was in my scanner), but my friend Christie met up with me and spotted me a sheet of soft press.
Here is what I bring everywhere so I can paint on the go….or even just downstairs instead of being stationary at my watercolor desk. Doesn’t happen that often right now with a 3 year old and a 5 month old. Need to be mobile!
My pencil pouch – got it from Urban Outfitters years ago. Holds my pens, mechanical pencils (.03), long click eraser, brush pens, iPad/iPhone stylus, lead refills and cough drops.
Herschel backpack – I. Love. This. Backpack. It’s so cute and functional. I almost bought a Kanken one but it has no padding or real structure with my stuff in it. There is a separate compartment for a laptop but I put my iPad in there, books and sketchpad.
Assorted brushes – I love DaVinci and Sceptre Gold. Prefer natural hair vs. synthetic. My brushes range from 00 (super tiny) to 8. I work teeny tiny so small brushes are my jam.
I have a travel watercolor paint case with a mix of tube paints inside. I love Winsor Newton professional, Holbein and when I run out of these I think I will try to get my hands on Schminke. Can’t justify buying a set right now…but it is very tempting. Next month is my birthday month after all. I am hopeless.
A rubber portable cup for my water – It folds up and it’s amazing
Paper towels – I don’t take the whole roll, just about 5 or so sheets. They are a life saver for mopping up mistakes, drying my brush and adding effects.
Paper (not pictured) – I love pads and cold press (some texture) is what I use, soft press (light texture) and hot press (no texture) are turning into my favorites though. Fabriano is my number 1 choice.
Seeing the supplies of others is a guilty pleasure of mine so I thought I would share some of mine.
Thank you to my 270 followers on Instagram! It’s by far my favorite place to post the most and if you don’t follow me there, you should. My name is the same, @fluximagery, and whenever I reach my next 100 followers I will have a giveaway. I’m only 30 away, give or take.
Don’t be a wall flower and join the party over there!