Updated: Apr 24
Today’s post is another short one. Don’t worry, it’s not a learning post. It’s actually about my first attempts at watercolour. Now, I’m not an artist, but I’ve always wanted to try painting with watercolours, since I’ve seen so many beautiful images on bullet journals. I also thought, “well, since I’m doing calligraphy, I might as well try”. It doesn’t hurt, but after this first experience, I’ve realised…
I’M DEFINITELY NOT AN ARTIST
However, it doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy watercolours. I don’t have to be a great artist to like it. That’s why I tried it. I wanted to see if I could enjoy painting, and to be honest, I do. I always have, ever since I was a child, hell I even have baby paintings that go way back, but I’ve lost them…don’t ask me to find the please!
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO TRY NOW, FEATHER?
Well, to be honest, it had been sitting at the back of my mind for the longest time, but I never got around to starting, because I’d always have the excuses ready at hand, “I’m busy”, “I have work”, “I’m not in the mood” and my personal favourite, “I don’t know what to paint!”
The truth is, I was too scared to start, because I’d seen all these beautiful and polished pieces that I chickened out. Obviously, I set a high ambition for my first attempt, but it’s also technically not that high. Trees are and should be easy to mimic, because their basic structure is a bunch of "Y's" connected together, getting smaller as you go, but I didn’t want to make a dead tree, so I tried doing one with its leaves in bloom.
It’s not perfect, but I will perfect it one day. Regardless, at least I know now what to do, and what not to do. That’s the whole point of practicing.
OK, NOW WHY ARE THERE TWO PHOTOS?
If you can spot the difference, I’m sure you understand why. I had mixed opinions of my picture. I liked it the first time I took the picture, and you can guess which one that one is, but I got my sister’s opinion, and she said that it needed more detail, so I added outlines for the leaves, so that it made sense, which bunches were where (it does make sense).
Anyway, I think you know which one I like better…
My favourite is the first one.
The outline makes it look like a little cartoon, which I understand, but I kind of liked it without the outline. It didn’t make the bunches look too…limited or round. I think for the next attempt; I’ll leave it when I feel like it’s right. Other opinions might disagree, but hey, it’s my piece, I’ll do what I want!
Well, that’s it for now. Told you it’s a short piece. I’ll keep practicing guys, and I suggest, if you want to try watercolours too, go for something simple. Maybe next time, I’ll try doing a simple flower (not the detailed ones like the ones some artists make, but the classic five petal daisies that even kids can draw).
See you guys next time!