exploring watercolors for the first time

I have wanted to play with watercolor paints for awhile so, when Alisa Burke (one of my favorite artists) recommended the Koi Watercolor Field Sketch Set on her blog I placed it on my wish list and last month I finally bought it! I don't have any watercolor paper yet so, I made do with my current sketchbook for now just to play.

Watercolors have always intimidated me a bit because I love to work up lots of layers of paint and watercolor doesn't quite work that way. After my first session I am a little more comfortable. I feel like I used the paints in a very "acrylic" way but, part of that is probably do to my paper. So, the next time I am art supply shopping I will have to pick up some watercolor paper to further explore. For me, trying something new is always a welcome challenge.

Have you tried any new materials or techniques lately? Please share or link in the comments, I'd love to see!


Kat W said...

These are really lovely results full of vibrancy and especially amazing for first time. I love the variety of colours you've used. Its always great fun trying out a new pallet of colours. Watercolour paper will make it a whole new fun experience again.

Kat :-)

Kristen (Creative Stash) said...

Thank you! I was really happy with it too, I am impatiently waiting for the next time I go supply shopping for some true watercolor paper.