Updated: Jan 25
Today we’re looking at another review! Yay! Ok, so if you’ve been following me on Instagram lately, you’ll know I’ve set myself some creative challenges. Last month, we worked with watercolours (don’t worry, I will write a post on my watercolour journey in my Crafty Corner section soon, so keep an eye out for it), and I wanted to talk about the paints and brushes I used. I know I already talked about the Arteza Real Brush pens already, so if you want to take a look at that, just click on the link below, and it’ll take you there!
This time, I’m going to talk about the paints I used, during my watercolour month. These ones were from Royal Langnickel. I’d bought them a while ago, maybe last year, and I hadn’t used them yet, because I was rather busy, until last month. Of course, I bought these while I was still working at the stationery store, so if you’re in the London area, or the UK in general, you can buy them from any Ryman stationery store. They’re in the artist’s section. Anyway, let’s get on with the review, shall we?
Amateurs Disguised As Professionals
Ok, so as you all know, I’m not a professional artist, nor do I claim to be, even now, when I’ve moved on to other mediums of art, but I will say this…
IF I CAN LEARN HOW TO PAINT WITH WATERCOLOURS, YOU CAN TOO
It’s not that hard, especially if you start out small, with simple images, like leaves and vines, or flowers that have simple faces. You don’t need to be an expert to paint something. In fact, you could paint a rainbow, and it will still be considered art, because it is something creative, that you made.
Anyway, I’m getting a little philosophical there, so let’s dial it back down a bit. Now, when I took up the watercolour craft, I wasn’t sure how I’d do. It took me a while to figure out what the right proportions were, for certain characteristics of the images I was making. I was most definitely an amateur, because I couldn’t figure that out, and that was only part of the journey. The other was about learning how to blend my colours together, so that I could use the ones I wanted.
It’s All In The Blend
Here’s where I get a little technical. In terms of the colours I wanted to use, I didn’t have them. I had to blend the paint I did have and try to get as close as possible to what I wanted. It’s not that hard right? Wrong, especially with the paint set I had.
You see, it would have been much easier if I had the primary colours, as they should be on the colour wheel, but I didn’t, because they weren’t included in the pack I’d bought. Normally you’d get paints with the names of the shades of the paint, so you’d probably get paints called “primary blue”, “primary red” and “primary yellow”. That way you’d know that that’s the colour you’d get.
I didn’t have that, but I did have the closest thing. I had “Vermillion”, which was a very orangey-red, “Lemon Yellow”, which obviously was very yellow, and “Prussian Blue”, which leaned towards the darker end of the blues, with just a hint of a green in there. Of course, while I worked with these colours the most, and undoubtedly created some really good pieces with them, I have to say, they didn’t help me much, when I wanted to blend them, for pieces that I wanted to make.
As you can probably guess by now, I had to abandon some of the ideas, I’d had in the first place, because I didn’t have the right colours. Of course, you could argue that I should’ve just tried it anyway, but this was my piece, and I knew it wouldn’t look right, compared with the pictures I’d seen to inspire me. So, when I did finally put brush to canvas paper, I had to change up my concepts, because it would have been difficult to navigate around the colours.
For example, do you see the picture above? That concept was a last-minute thing. It wasn’t supposed to look like this, with faded shadows of trees and mountains. I had wanted to try using green for the trees themselves, just so I could do a different angle to a landscape, instead of simply using silhouettes, but because the blues I’d used didn’t accommodate that, and were too dark for the greens I had, I had to abandon the concept, and change it up to using silhouettes, in the end.
Do you see what I mean? Now, while these paints might have given me difficulties, in terms of the concepts I wanted to create, they weren’t all that bad.
Shall We Begin?
Now, as an amateur, it’s difficult to know how to blend your colours well, and admittedly, it took me many tries to get the colours I’d wanted in the first place, but even so, the new ones I’d managed to make really worked for me, and they were really easy to blend. So, I don't actually mind using these paints again. At least it will make for an interesting piece, whether or not I thought about it beforehand.
That’s why, if you’re going to start painting with watercolours yourselves, go ahead and try it with these paints. They’re in tubes, so you can decide for yourself, how much you want to use, and if you run out, you can always add more. Just remember to use a palette, with separate spaces for blending your colours, because you will need a lot for them, especially if you’re going for more than five blends.
Well, that’s it from me today, I’ll see you guys next time. For now, don’t forget to like, subscribe and follow for more updates and the latest posts here on Feather’s Charm and on my social media accounts. Oh, and share these posts with family and friends, those who you’d think might enjoy these topics and tips! I’ll see you later!