This is your Secret Page : Unlocked!
3 Steps to Get Started:
1. Watch the intro video to the right.
2. Take a look at the supplies list, and download the printable calendar. This is the painting plan for the month.
3. Keep an eye out on the Video Tabs below. The videos will start releasing on Sept. 1st.
Thank you for joining the challenge ~ Enjoy painting!
let's talk supplies:
No affiliate links at all; I just wanted to share my favorite supplies to use. Don't feel that you have to get exactly what's on this list. I tried to provide a variety of options and price range, and I actually like to mix and match supplies. If you already have supplies, I highly recommend using what you have. The below items are what I use in my studio, and what I'll mostly be referring to in this watercolor challenge.
You need only one of these options. Choose the paper format you prefer to work in:
I recommend at least 3 different sizes for brushes:
Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable Watercolor Brush - Round #1
Silver Brush 3000S-6 Black Velvet Short Handle Blend Squirrel and Risslon Brush, Round, Size 6
Princeton Artist Brush Neptune, Brushes for Watercolor Series 4750, Round Synthetic Squirrel, Size 8
Princeton Artist Brush Neptune, Brushes for Watercolor Series 4750, Round Synthetic Squirrel, Size 14
You can choose either one of these or something simialr. These are what I use in my studio:
You will need one white acrylic paint, for details.
Apple Barrel Acrylic Paint in Assorted Colors (8 Ounce), 20403 White
Any brand of paper towels, and at least two jars of clean water for rinsing your brushes.
Flora & Fauna Videos:
Painting videos will be released starting Sept 1st. Each weekly tab will be updated daily. Enjoy!
- Week 1 : Foliage & Fruit
- Week 2 : Florals
- Week 3 : Tiny Creatures
- Week 4 : Creating Wreaths
- Bonus Videos
Live Q+A Call : Replay
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If you are a beginner or brand new to watercolors - I highly recommend you do this pre-painting step. Create color swatches from your specific paints. All watercolor sets behave slightly different and it’s important to get familiar with how yours work and how they translate onto the water color paper.
This a quick 5 min process - once dry, you can really see how the colors appear. It also depends on how much paint to water ratio you use with your brush.
To explore further, create different versions of a color key with both less water, and one with more water to see how many shades you can get from even just one color.