5 Watercolor Brushes I Love

I tend to paint small, 4"x6" was my largest size for awhile.  For the past few months I've been breaking out of my shell and I'm now at a full 8"x10" painting.  As a result I am painting with bigger brushes along with my ittybittys and I'm obsessed.  

Here are my top 5 and a bonus:

  1. 00 Winsor & Newton Cotman - teeny tiny for little details

  2. 2 Round Princeton - rounds are very versatile and you can use them for just about anything

  3. 2 Da Vinci Maestro - another round that is a great one for washes on smaller paintings or details on larger ones

  4. 2 Grumbacher - Flat edge brush for any sharp edges, a beak on my birds or squares, etc.

  5. 8 Princeton Elite - a larger round brush for bigger washes

  6. Bonus* - 3/4 Grumbacher 680 Mop (can’t link to exact one, this one goes to a nylon bristle version) - versatile because of the rounded shape and the size holds so much water, can get a lot out of it without re-wetting the brush

Little tip, the bigger the brush, the more water and then more time for color play in the washes.

Do you paint big or small?  I posted a YouTube video showing these brushes as well as some of the swatches/marks they make as well.  

Here's a list of my favorite supplies.  Whatever your preference, I encourage you to try something new and see what happens.

If this was helpful and you are interested in learning more about watercolor, take my online instant access watercolor course at bit.ly/colormixfun. Can’t wait to paint with you!

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I Heart Shopping.

I don't think I've ever blogged about how much I love to shop.

Shopping for baby clothes, decorating our house, buying myself clothes or beauty products.  It is my zen.  Best of all is going to the art supply store.  Of course there aren't any that are close to my house so it's always a trek with a well thought-out list.

I took a hand lettering class on Skillshare and one of the materials was a Palomino Blackwing pencil. I got the assorted variety so I could try them all out.  No stores here sell them so since I was going Amazon crazy with ordering things for baby girl's 2nd birthday this month (I'm in so much denial with how fast time is flying), I threw in some art items I have been coveting.  I've been sketching but I haven't used my pencils yet.  I'll update here when I do.  I also ordered a book that I have checked out of the library probably 5 times at least, no lie.  Water Paper Paint is the best book for someone who is interested in experimenting with watercolor.  Not only are the exercises good but the author has style so the finished products look wonderful as well.

You can follow me on Pinterest where I have a pretty popular watercolor board but I pin style faves, house interiors, etc. If I could purchase everything I absolutely would, it's my virtual wishlist of sorts.

Organization Tips Part 1

I've mentioned before that organizing doesn't come easy to me.  It is not natural, always a work in progress over here.  This is a little long so I broke it into two parts.  I hope it helps you as much as it helped me.

  • Put it back – I’m getting better about having a place for everything and when I’m done, I put it back.
  • Like with Like – I am grouping things together like a mad woman.  All hair stuff in one drawer.  All lotions, body butters and bath stuff in another drawer, etc.  All baking stuff in one drawer, all of the rare cooking utensils in one drawer and so on. This makes such a difference in efficiency for me and other helpers in the kitchen that aren’t even familiar with ours.
  • Using lazy susans in the cupboards for spices and alphabetizing them.  Could sound crazy to some but it helps a. lot.
  • Clearing off and wiping down the bathroom counters every night
  • Having as much as you can containerized.  In my purse and extra bag I have all of my on the go art supplies in a zip pouch, on the go beauty items in a zip pouch, etc.  Pouches are perfect for grabbing and taking to meetings, love.  In my extra bag I carry another zip pouch (I know) with more beauty stuff, my sketchbook, iPad, agenda etc.
  • Mani/PediBox- I use a hobby box from the Container Store that is actually for crafts but works perfectly for everything needed when painting your toesies.

What works for you?  Let me know, I could talk about this stuff all day.