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 :) Also

Enjoy!

xo,

Erika

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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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My new book, Prioritize Your Passion, is out today!

I can hardly believe I just typed that title! I’ve been working on this book, Prioritize Your Passion: A Woman’s Guide to Juggling all the Things, since June of this year, but it is something that has been close to my heart for years. It can be hard when you discover what you love to do but you can’t fit more of it in your day or actually pivot to make that new love your main job. I’ve been there and done that. I work full-time in a left brain job (data analyst) and my love is art.

That is truly my passion and I have set time aside for it daily for years. However I am now able to go further with my sketches, paintings, Etsy print shop, Patreon, teaching online courses and more because I have prioritized my passions while maintaining the day to day. Sometimes you need to have other daily to dos “take a seat” so you can focus on your passions. Be it painting, music, writing a book, photography or just simply giving yourself permission to sit down and read a book for a bit. I’m a mom of two little girls (6 and 3), a wife and we have a house to maintain as well. If I can take time out to work on my passions, anyone can.

The last thing I wanted to do was put my art on the back burner for 18+ years until my kids are grown. I want them to fully know me, their mom, art and all, as well as growing as an artist in the process. Let me help you by sharing my experience and tips and tricks that you can apply to your life as well. With my interactive book you will no longer rush through your day to get to the dessert. Instead you will make more room in your day to enjoy even more of that dessert and live a more fulfilled life in the process. So excited to finally share my journey with you! Check out my new book here!

P.S. I also have a children’s book, Queen Quail is Quiet, as well! Can’t wait to work on more.

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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Designs by Rachel Beth Watercolors - Cupcakes and Cocktails - First Impression/Swatches

This is a dreamy set of watercolors by Designs by Rachel Beth.  Cupcakes and Cocktails is very popular and sells out almost instantly every time she lists it.   I can see what all the hype is about, it is shimmery pastel goodness.  If you like subtle shimmer, pinks and blues, you will love this set.  When I painted the thumbnail for this video the paints layered and mixed so well, just like the other sets.  Beautiful set.

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Designs by Rachel Beth Watercolors - Winter Garden - First Impression/Swatches

This cool toned watercolor set by Designs by Rachel Beth on Etsy took me out of my comfort zone a bit.  I tend to gravitate toward warm colors and neutrals, so this muted palette was a great addition to my (out of control) stash.  There a no shimmers in this set but the purples and blues are calming and serene.  Winter Garden is the perfect name for this set, she is really good with the names by the way.  I feel like with her other paints, a little goes a long way because they are so pigmented.  I like to layer washes and her paints do tend to lift easily (come back off of the paper with water and some smudging), so be careful of that.  Just lay down your wash and be done with it, don't fiddle too much or you can lift up what you already laid down.

I have two tips for you when working with her palettes or any small tin palettes.  The first tip is to have a mixing palette on hand.  This is the one I use.  A white plate or plastic one is fine, I just needed room to mix my paints.  These beautiful tins have all of the space occupied by the swatch paper and the paints (which I don't mind at all, so convenient).  So when I was working with them I completely forgot that I need room to mix and once I had that room, painting was an even better experience.  My second tip is to get a holder of some sort because if you are like me, you will quickly have a collection of little tins.  I have a Glossier pink bubble wrap zip bag that they package their products in, so it works perfectly. 

Do you have this palette? Do you tend to paint with cool tones or warm tones?  I am a warm tone person, through and through.

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