Sketchbook Diaries #2 + New Art Supplies

Friday, October 14, 2016


Since I've been experimenting with my new Winsor and Newton watercolors, I thought I would share my recent paintings. This is the second installment of my sketchbook diaries series.
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I recently purchased the *Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Color Pocket PLUS Set of 24 Half Pans and I must say, I just love them! This is the first time that I have tried Winsor & Newton paints, and also the first time having pans, as I have always used tubes of watercolor. The paints are really nice and having the pans is convenient as well (plus, it just looks pretty and neat, doesn't it?). I think my favorite part about the set is that it's so compact, yet has all the colors you might need, a size 3 brush included with its own little compartment, and two trays of palettes. It would be perfect to take with you in your bag if you want to paint outside. 

Since I've been experimenting with my new Winsor and Newton watercolors, I thought I would share my recent paintings. This is the second installment of my sketchbook diaries series.

Anyways, since I have been testing my new paints, I have been painting so much lately! I thought it would be the perfect time to have another sketchbook diaries post and show what I've created with these. 

Since I've been experimenting with my new Winsor and Newton watercolors, I thought I would share my recent paintings. This is the second installment of my sketchbook diaries series.

Incidentally, I had actually bought a new watercolor sketchbook around the same time, so for the very first page I thought a color chart of the new paints would be fitting.

Since I've been experimenting with my new Winsor and Newton watercolors, I thought I would share my recent paintings. This is the second installment of my sketchbook diaries series.

For the "real" first page, I did this pastel floral page. I was trying out different color combos and experimenting with keeping my color palette to only a few colors. I also swatched each color that I used, which is something that I would like to start doing. In the end, I had a little gap on the page so I added my colorful spotted washi tape - I think it compliments this page well! 

On a whim, I came back later and added this strawberry polka dot pattern to the back of the first page (While we're on the topic, how do you feel about using the backs of sketchbook pages? I know it bothers some people, but I never really cared personally. I like having two paintings side by side and seeing how they end up looking next to each other. Plus, I feel like I'm wasting valuable paper by leaving it blank! I'd love to know your stance, so leave me a comment below: yes or no to using the backsides of paper?).

Since I've been experimenting with my new Winsor and Newton watercolors, I thought I would share my recent paintings. This is the second installment of my sketchbook diaries series.

The next page I did was this fun movie theater essentials illustration. As you can see, I'm still trying out the whole limited color palette thing. I think my favorite part of it may be the shiny popcorn or the waterfall of candy :)

Again, I came back later and did this little forest path scene. I think I made this page solely because I felt like painting mushrooms. What can I say, I was inspired!

I hope you liked this peek at my recent sketchbook pages. If you want to see more of what I'm creating, Instagram is the best place to check. Have a great rest of your day!

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