Watercolor Swatching - Designs by Rachel Beth Half Pan Singles

Happy Friday! I’ve missed you TONS and here is a watercolor swatching video using some single half pans I’ve purchased from Designs by Rachel Beth on Etsy. Working with handmade watercolors is so special and different to buying from bigger brands. These work beautifully and you need to see these colors in action.

The only thing that is missing is getting an extra palette for mixing your colors before painting on the paper. so I use one like this, so helpful since these don’t come in a tin.

Hope you have a great weekend!

xo,

Erika

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Natasha Tarpley Book Reading - I Love My Hair

Natasha Tarpley - Check out her book here!

Earlier this year the girls and I were able to hear I Love My Hair read by the author, Natasha Tarpley. We attended the 2nd annual Children's Festival of Stories, we met Natasha and she graciously let me share this reading with you.

It was amazing and the first time I got to hear the story so it was extra special. My patrons on my Patreon page (www.patreon.com/fluximagery), got to see this first. :)

Sit back and enjoy, such a treat indeed. :)

Talk to you soon!

xo,

Erika

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Watercolor Painting Video and Chat - Girl with Green Pigtails and Purple Tights

It has been a MINUTE since I was able to paint. So thankful for getting things done and having enough time to actually paint. This is a catch up video where I am painting real time (very rare) and I’m talking about getting projects done and organizing/designing one of the rooms in our home. Things tend to get put on hold with new babies and they are older now so we can get back those things. I know I am not alone in this :)

Enjoy!

xo,

Erika

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Watercolor Painting - Mermaid with Blue Pigtails Video

Who doesn’t love pigtails? This was inspired by my little girls who have been rocking long ringlet pigtails all month. Low in the back and oh so cute. In this painting I used a lot of the following techniques: wet into wet washes and gradient washes. This helps to build the values (light to dark and contrast) in the initial work so that the colors are more cohesive. An example of building values on completely dry washes is the way the orange stripes were painted.

I like to see the colors blend more naturally with soft transitions instead of harsh lines when you layer color on top of color. It’s a personal preference but this is how you get closer to identifying your style. It’s all about the things you like, so you repeat them. In addition to the things you don’t like so you back off of them a bit.

I go into more depth to show you how to get more familiar with colors, color mixing, different types of watercolor washes and how to paint two mermaid projects in my online painting workshop, Watercolor Color Mixing for Beginners. Click here to start painting today. :)

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Prima Watercolors First Impression - Pastel Dreams and Shirley Trevena

This palette is amazing. So vibrant, pigmented and soft. This is my second Prima palette and it does not disappoint!

There was one color that was shocking and it still is to me. Not sure if I’ll use it much because it is just crazy bright! But we’ll see. I’m just so happy to finally be able to use this palette. I purchased it awhile ago and I didn’t dive into it because I was saving it for this video for you.

I hope you love it, it was worth the wait and I have ideas for new prints using these paints. Must. Paint. Right. Now! :)

Also, I am super inspired by Shirlely Trevena lately. Just found out about her last week when I was at an art store checking out Black Friday sales and I bought this book. Her style and her work are just breathtakingly beautiful. She embraces white space like nobody’s business and I love how she believes you should connect to what you are painting, whatever that is. I completely agree, even if it is shoes, paint them. You will be more passionate painting shoes than landscapes if that is what you are more into anyway and the work will just be better.

Do you boo, enjoy the journey.

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Designs by Rachel Beth Watercolors - Toes in the Sand - First Impression/Swatches

This is a super sweet set of watercolors by Designs by Rachel BethToes in the Sand has soft colors included: a pink, cream, light green and a blue. I haven’t painted with them a lot yet because I was focused on my shop update, but they will get used very soon. There are new fairy prints, girl prints and semi-customizeable prints too. You can check out all of the new additions right here.

If you are into softer muted tones, I think you will love this palette. Check out the video here.

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Painting a Bear with Three Colors - Color Mixing Online Course

I loved painting this bear! When you color mix, you can just use the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) and get a whole range of colors. So I used this staple set of watercolors by Designs by Rachel Beth.  Dance with Me gives you the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) along with a gray/green and a purple berry shade.  It’s pretty versatile and I color mixed using my color mixing skills, to get the neutral brown for the bear and other colors using just 3 total.

I painted the brown by mixing three of the colors together and used it in the sunflowers and bear. I played with the values of the blue for the overalls and mixed red and blue to get a purple. That purple was added into the overalls. I kept incorporating the same three colors in different ways throughout the bear painting and that’s why it ended up being cohesive. My pieces have gotten stronger by understanding colors and color mixing to make my own unique colors. Just look at the rich greens in the flowers, this was from mixing different levels of yellow with blue and using layers!

You can grow in confidence in your painting as well when you take this color mixing course for beginners. Can’t wait to see you in class!

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Designs by Rachel Beth Watercolors - Dance with Me - First Impression/Swatches

This is a good and practical set of watercolors by Designs by Rachel Beth.  Dance with Me gives you the primary colors (red, yellow and blue) along with a gray/green and a purple berry shade.  It’s pretty versatile and I color mixed using my color mixing skills, to get the neutral brown for the bear and other colors using just 3 total.

The colors mix well and you can get a nice value range from them too. I loved building up my layers in my painting with this palette, so nice.

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Long time no introduction. Hi, my name is Erika.

Hey there!  I thought it was time for a little introduction from me to you.  It's been awhile.

My name is Erika Barriga and I'm a watercolor illustrator and painter.  I'm a mom of two little girls (3 and 6) and they are everything.  I've been away for a little bit because A) this is a one woman show, B) I've been working on the site and my online watercolor mixing course for beginners which comes out later this month and C) this is our first year of adjusting to a kiddo that is actually in school with a summer break (omg, the adjustments!).  

Thanks for bearing with me. I hope you enjoy getting to know me a little better.

Have a great one!

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Prima Watercolors - Decadent Pies - First Impression and Swatches

This Decadent Pies palette by Prima Watercolors has so many options.  It's a little overwhelming since it is a whole palette unto itself and not a small selection of four colors like I'm used to.  The colors are so rich and pretty; especially the yellows, green and blues.

The packaging is exactly the same as the Jane Davenport ones so I don't know if it is the same watercolors, just white labeled for Jane Davenport or what.  I had deja vu for the longest and then the light bulb went off, "these look just like Jane's!"  lol  If you can clue me in, please do, so interested. :)

I love using limited color palettes.  So for the sweet girl in the thumbnail I only used 5 colors out of the set.  The green and brightest blue (last one in bottom row) are insane.  I used masking fluid for the first time to preserve the whites in the dress so I could have the stars pattern too.  No granulating with this set and so many possibilities, Prima just got another fan in me.

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One more thing…If you are a busy illustrator who needs help with success in your practice and goals, this printable worksheet helps you prioritize your day. You can organize your day, list your goals, make notes, track your habits and sketch daily. An awesome recipe for success, baby steps count. Get yours here!