Sunday, January 1, 2017
SUNDAY WATERCOLORS : Favorite watercolors from 2016 + my palette
Happy New Year everyone!
What a fun year 2016 has been! After 20 years of hardly looking at my watercolors (and when I did take them out I always ended up frustrated and disappointed because nothing turned out the way I wanted it to and it never looked the way it used to 20 years ago) But after a but of struggle I have finally found my way back to painting, which I am sooo happy about. And that is thanks to you my dear bloggie friends who have always been so supportive and cheered me on - a special shout out to Michele, Jeanne, Angela and Miriam. It is also thanks to Charlie Shields who started the World of watercolor Group this summer which really made me challenge myself to try different subjects (earlier I almost only painted lanscapes) Being Doodlewashed was really the crafting highlight of this year!
A lot of people ask me what colors I use for my paintings and even though my aim is to use a more limited palette I hardly ever choose the colors I'm going to use for a painting before I start, but test them out as I go along. Therefore it is hard to say exactly what colors I used after I'm done, and especially if a couple of weeks have passed between painting, photographing and blogging about it.
Instead I'll share my favorite colors here, the ones I use for most of my paintings: Unless it says something else they are Winsor Newton Artist's (now Professional) colors. (DS means Daniel Smith)
Lunar Black DS
Undersea Green DS
Quin Rose DS or Quin Magenta
Quin Gold or Indian Yellow
Hansa Yellow Mid DS
Manganese Blue DS or WN (WN is a little greener)
Other colors I take out for fun:
Hematite burnt scarlet DS
Transparent Pyrrol Orange DS
The paper I use is 140lb Arches rough or fine cold pressed. I also like Fabriano Artistico rough and fine.
I share my watercolors and cards here: My Instagram
If you want to see more of my watercolors, you can view them HERE or in my PINTEREST FOLDER
Have a greatday, hugs, Karin