After being inspired by various Instagram accounts and numerous YouTube channels, this year I decided to give watercolours a try. I wanted to incorporate a creative element into my Travelers Notebook and watercolour paints seemed to be one of the simplest choices and something I could play around with.
I picked up an entry level Winsor and Newton watercolour set from a shop here in the UK called The Range. This set comes with 12 watercolours and a small brush that fits neatly inside so that it can be used on the go. You can buy different paint colours to swap out depending on your preferences however at the moment I have not made any changes and I am using this set as I bought it.
The set is really basic but perfect for a beginner such as myself looking to try something out for a small investment, in this case around £10.
Initially I wanted to use the watercolours to try some lettering, both detailed and brush lettering. This is very much a work in progress, but its interesting to use paints in this way. Any lettering attempts I have made have been with nibs and ink therefore trying out a different technique with paint has been a lot of fun.
I have tried a combination of dip pen lettering and watercolours to copy of very cool design I found on an Amy Tangerine YouTube video. I really like the effect of the watercolours to create this very simple but impactful design. The watercolour paint is placed on the page and blown outwards with a straw to create a sort of splattering effect. It was also the perfect activity to allow me to test out all of the colours in the pallet.
After stumbling across another YouTube user I tried combining drawing pen doodles and watercolours. This aspect of watercolours appeals to me as you can doodle on the move, providing you're using the right paper, and then come back later and add some colour to your sketch. This is one area of using watercolours I think I will play with longer term.
As you can see from all of these images I really am learning. Playing around with the watercolours has been a lot of fun and I have managed to do a fair amount with a very basic set.
I am yet to mix colours and be more creative with the Winsor and Newton set. I plan to watch more YouTube videos and practice to learn and improve. The act of sitting down and using watercolours is incredibly soothing and a crafty activity reminds me of being young.
There are some great YouTube videos and tutorials around showing you how to use watercolours but two channels I cannot get enough of are The Art League and Wei Taillandier. Be sure to check out these channels for some very helpful and inspiring videos.
This year I will spent time with the watercolour paints to try and improve my skills. It's great fun and allows me to be creative in new ways.