In today’s post I want to share a Watercolour painting that I finished this weekend.
I am really proud of this piece and my reason for sharing is to let you know that if you want to try a craft you’ve never tried before, go for it!
Inspired by pictures I saw on Instagram, last year I decided to try Watercolour painting but had no clue what I was doing.
I bought myself a cheap pallet of watercolours from a local craft shop and started to practice (I’m not that good at drawing either)
4th June 2017
This was one of my first pieces, I was also practicing my lettering. This was before I had picked up a pointed pen or had a set of paint brushes, but I was keen to keep practicing.
11th June 2017
I then had a try at flowers, I’d seen quite a few of these styles of roses and it was good leaf practice too.
There were a number of paintings to come, trying more flowers.
This flower became a birthday card for friend.
I kept practicing, there are quite a few pictures, too many to post here.
Not all of them went well
I’m not a fan of this piece, I don’t think it worked. My lettering wasn’t straight and I didn’t get the water and sun scene I wanted. But they don’t all go perfectly first time.
I kept practicing and over the Christmas holidays I decided to have a go at drawing a bigger flower.
Using a book by Adelene Fletcher I practiced drawing a Begonia flower, practicing shading with a pencil.
I was really pleased with how my drawing came out, it was really useful for both shading practice but also practicing drawing the leaves to look like they curl.
In February this year I decided to paint this flower.
I had bought a set of Watercolour paints in tubes but hadn’t used them as I couldn’t get the mixing right.
I thought I would give it a go, worst came to the worst I’d have ruined my drawing, but it was worth practicing.
So I decanted a small amount of paint into a tub I’d bought at a craft fair and gave it a go;
I was so pleased with this piece.
It took me a few sittings but I learnt a lot, mixing the paint with water for lighter shades, going over the pencil to create the shadows.
This brings me to this weekends painting.
Feeling confident after painting the Begonia I had drawn a Poinsettia in February and so decided to paint this.
I’m so proud of this painting.
I used the Adelene Fletcher book for reference, to learn from, and it really helped to add the shading for layering the leaves.
I’m certainly no painting expert and still have a lot to learn but I wanted to share a brief run down of the last 10 months of teaching myself.
I want share that if I can teach myself a new craft then you can too.
If you’ve been wanting to try Calligraphy or card making or needle felting – try it.
Give it a go. Keep practicing, enjoy it, you never know what you can achieve.
Have you started a new craft recently? Are you teaching yourself a new technique or trying new products?
If you are trying something new, keep going and Happy Crafting!