Painting Color Basics with my Kiddo

It’s summer, it’s hot and I was in the house with my two little daughters, 4 and 7. I used to paint with them all the time but it is more sporadic now. So just imagine my surprise when my oldest said, “I want you to show me how to mix colors mama!”. I was ecstatic, so I jumped at the opportunity and captured it for memories and for you. Hope you enjoy!

If you’d like me to teach you color theory and more, I have an online color mixing workshop where you can do just that and you can also book a 1 on 1 session with me over here for an hour or over here for longer than an hour.

Watercolor is the absolute best and that’s why I started up an Etsy shop and teach it too. I just can’t get enough. :)

Have a great one!

xo,

Erika

The Best Watercolor Books for Beginners

It can be tricky to learn watercolor. Just diving in and seeing what happens is fun but if you want more structured advice, these books are awesome.

These are the books I would give as gifts if a friend showed the tiniest bit of interest in watercolor. Love, love, love!

The Joy of Watercolor - super cute lessons with everything from flower bouquets to human figures in an illustration style

Water Paper Paint - lessons from an abstract and mixed media perspective, love!

Watercolor Painting - this book goes over fundamentals about how watercolor is made, mixing puddles and side by side photographs and works so you can see the full process

Watercolor Solutions by Charles Reid - amazing style and an extremely unique take on watercolor. Goes over how to work through common watercolor problems.

Comment and let me know what watercolor books you love. Have you read any of the ones mentioned here? I'm dying to know and I want to start a resources list down below. :)

Want to know my watercolor tips and tricks? Watch this video

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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

P.S. If you want to see a quick video with painting tips and tricks, you can watch it here.

P.P.S. 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!

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

P.S. I have a watercolor color mixing online painting workshop for beginners right here. I go more into detail walking through my process and help you learn how to paint with watercolor. I updated the printable worksheets too so it is new and improved! If you join my newsletter, you will get 20% off your first order (classes or prints from my shop included). Can’t wait to see you in there. :)

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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Party Rabbit and Chat

Happy New Year! This is the last video from 2018! Hope you had a wonderful year and 2019 is even better for you.

I was on break (finally) so it was a lot of me time, time with the littles and hubs. Being homebodies, which is our FAVORITE. Until the kids get reckless and then we have to go out for something, anywhere, fast. :) It’s all good.

I painted a watercolor rabbit in this video while talking about break and what I made when I hosted Christmas at our house. :O Good times.

It’s the last year of our teens in the 2000s, enjoy! Talk to you soon and if you haven’t already, join my list to get 20% off your first order and get sneak peeks, art news, etc. Join here!

xo,

Erika

P.S. This is the red and blue sketching pencil I am in LOVE with. Soooo good.

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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P.P.S. 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!

Thank you Patrons!

A quick thank you to my patrons: Kerriann, Bonnie and Christie. You guys are amazing and I am so thankful for your support. You help me to spend more time in my craft. Be it having the space to unwind (which helps free up creativity), sketching or actually painting prints for my shop, thank you!

Patreon is a site where I share exclusive content only for my patrons. They will get videos before my YouTube channel or videos just for them. Also they get to see more of my process, sketchbook spreads, etc.

Interested in becoming a patron too?

Check out my patreon page at http://www.patreon.com/fluximagery. I have different tiers with different weekly/monthly goodies for you. :)

Go for your dreams!

A little chat from me to you about why going for your dreams is so important. This is near and dear to my heart and I hope it is for you too. No matter the size, big or small, go for them. Make them happen. Every little baby step takes you closer to your goals.

If you are tired, take a break, but don’t stop. It blows my mind that everything around us started with a dream; an idea in someone’s mind that physically manifested into a book, a website, a video, etc. It’s crazy! This is why I wrote my book, Prioritize Your Passion: A Woman’s Guide to Juggling All the Things because a dream of mine is to write more books and empower other women. So two birds with one stone!

This is an interactive book where I walk you through how to identify your passions and actually make them a reality in your daily life. Check it out here!

You’ve got this and never forget it!