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September 15, 2017

Painting with Watercolour: Winsor & Newton Watercolours

Watercolour has been my favourite of all media. In all honesty, I’m not a pro when it comes to painting. I think of it as a way to free my mind and relieve stress, and as an avenue for my creative juices that come and go.

When it comes to art, I’ve always believed that you can never go wrong. There is no right and wrong when making art. It’s all about all the feelings you pour into it every time you pick up a pencil or a brush. I think what makes art so beautiful is the motivation to create it. Whether it’s through drawing with a pencil, or painting with watercolour, there’s really not much difference; the end result will be just as perfect.

painting with watercolour winsor and newton

I blogged about painting with oil before, and while it was a fun venture, it took a lot of my energy to even paint with it, not to mention the time required to let it dry. I realise now that it’s not really a newbie friendly medium, so I’m sticking with watercolour.

Winsor & Newton Watercolour

winsor & newton watercolour

Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours Sketchers Pocket Box. I’ve used it for a while now, but mostly for calligraphy. There’s already a well on the Alizarin Crimson because I always use it. I love the hue.

A few months back, I got this Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours Sketchers’ Pocket Box. I’ve tried different brands of watercolour before, from the cheap ones, like the Simbalion Watercolour I used with my planner a few years back, to artist grade. However, this one is by far the most pigmented I have ever tried and the easiest to work with .

For those residing in K.S.A. like myself, you can get this Winsor & Newton watercolour box for SR79.00 from Jarir Bookstore. The Winsor & Newton website sells it for $23.50. I wonder why it’s SR9 cheaper here?

Unlike the cheap ones, this doesn’t dry powdery and doesn’t transfer. I remember purchasing this non-branded watercolour off of the local bookstore just to try it out. I was amazed at how pigmented it was at first, but as soon as it dried, I noticed it was peeling off my mixing pan. I have to admit though that it was very satisfying to peel it off.

Watercolour Swatches

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Winsor & Newton swatches on my Strathmore Cold Press 140 lb. Watercolour Paper

watercolour paper

Strathmore Cold Press 140lb. Watercolour pad with my Winsor & Newton Skethers’ Pocket Box

I swatched the watercolours on my Strathmore Cold Press 140 lb. Watercolor paper, and they looked really lovely. You can also see some careless calligraphy under it because I was too excited to try them. The brushes I used were unbranded nylon ones in sizes 14 and 6.

With a 140 lb. cold press watercolour paper, I was able to layer up to four layers of washes before it started messing up. The Winsor & Newton watercolours came out looking really vibrant.

Painting Attempts!

These are my attempts in painting roses as I followed through YouTube watercolour tutorials. I know I have a really long way to go, but there is no rush. Art is about enjoying and having fun anyway!

My full beginner painting attempt. I used basically just three colours.

I showed this watercolour painting of mine to my cousin who’s an artist and recommended I blend the colours in more with each other so I don’t get harsh edges. It’s really nice to have people critic your work because you get to learn from the comments. I had pure fun painting this as I followed through a tutorial which you can find below.

So there you have it! If you’re a beginner with watercolour painting like me, I suggest you just go ahead and keep painting. What I learned from these artist YouTubers is that don’t keep yourself from painting this or that just because you know someone’s better at it. Always remember that everyone was once a beginner.

I appreciate comments on my work and will happily read them, just leave them below. Also, tell me which medium you prefer the most!


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