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. :)

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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!

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Watercolor Painting Video - Owl Gets a Gift

Hi guys! How you be?  It is officially summer and I am LOVING it.  The 100 Day Project is going well, today marks day 67!  Creating consistently, no matter what, has been eye opening.  The weekends are definitely the hardest to finagle with two littles, swim classes and just stuff.  

I may do a post on how doing a daily challenge/project like this has made an impact with me overall.  Would you be interested in that?  I posted a new video showing how I painted Day 47, an owl getting a gift.  I have other watercolor painting posts here and here.  Let me know what else you would like to see on my channel, here on the blog or paintings/products.  Are you painting with watercolor and having any issues? Talk to me.

Oh and one more thing, my super talented and kind friend Christie is having her first art auction on Facebook this weekend starting Saturday June 25!  I can't wait to see all of her artwork sell out like I know it will, beautiful pieces in watercolor, oil or acrylic.  Just search "Christie Drahnak Art" on FB, like her page and you will see all the details.

Have a great weekend!

Watercolor Experiment Video

I hope your 2015 ended with a bang and your 2016 is looking like a promising and fun filled year.  I've been working on getting looser and out of my head (so many critical thoughts while painting), so I have been painting these watercolor swatches and drawing over top with a thin micron pen (.03).  It has also helped me work on things I want to, like drawing hair.  Pretty fun and I encourage you to do the same!  I have about 10 other drawings like these on my Instagram account which is @fluximagery.  I even snap on SnapChat from time to time at @fluximagery.

Hmm, what else......I also updated my Society 6 shop with one little print of a pony that you can check out here:  http://bit.ly/ponypack.  If you know of someone you think who would be interested in my art, I'd love it if you shared or tagged them on my Instagram.

I think that is it for now, checking in and I am making strides to check in more often!  This is my sandbox that is begging for me to play in it and I want to share more.  Thanks for coming along for the ride.

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Deconstructed Mason Jar Salad Video.

Meal preppin' is working out smashingly!  This week we have had home-cooking every day and for two of these days Raul and I ate mason jar salads for lunch.  This time the salads consisted of Italian dressing, shredded carrots, thinly sliced and chopped cucumbers, sunflower seeds and spinach.  Good.  Stuff.  So of course I had to paint another jar salad painting.  This one is very yummy with strawberry, dried cranberries, poppy seed salad dressing, romaine and spinach.

Delish, let's see how long we can keep this going.

Let me know if you try any of these "recipes", would love that.

Edit. Edit. Edit.

For the first time in a long time, this past weekend I messed around with video editing.  I forgot how much that takes out of you, well me.  I majored in photojournalism and minored in digital media in college.  One of the courses I took was digital video art.  This movie is called "One" and the assignment was to convey a mood/emotion.  We also weren't allowed to use color.

I think it's safe to say that video art is my least favorite.  Meaning that when I go to an art museum and see that little TV installation in the corner with flashing lights and an audio track playing, I don't quite get it.  I'm more into paintings, sculptures, everything else.

So when we completed assignments for the class, those assignments were more on the abstract side.  I loved using Final Cut Pro, I had fun putting storyboards together and I was happy with my final projects.

I was editing a video of me painting this weekend but since I am using iMovie '08 (super old I know), I can't find a way to speed up the video.  No one wants to see me paint for 30 minutes....so....yea.

I'm working on it though.  I would love to share.

♥ Fun Fact - This was completed in college, early when Raul and I were just dating.  He is the mystery man shaking around in the box.  One of the signs he was a keeper.  True love. ♥

First YouTube Video!

I got over my stage-fright, geeked out and figured out how to screen-capture every 4 seconds so I could compile those images into a movie via iMovie!  I wanted to share my digital process in video form, I hope you enjoy. Don't forget to like and subscribe!

Now we are heading out to Denver Comic Con!  Hope the wait isn't too long to get in. :)

Have a great weekend!