Watercolor is for everyone! It is such a fun free form to play with, manipulate and create. I was always in to painting as a child and ended up going to college for graphic design. Although, I am admittedly a computer geek, I went back to my roots of painting after college to have a little less screen time. My love for graphics and design slowly merged together and now I do both! But back to you- here are my recommedations for watercolor. My biggest advice— just go for it! Don’t overthink it. Let the water move your color, try and let go of control and have some fun!
I share all of my favorites for watercolor and digitizing (think light tables, scanning, etc.) here on everyone’s favorite— amazon!
All you need to get started:
Cup of Water & Paper towels
My favorite paint is Winsor and Newton Watercolor Tubes. It is affordable and good quality!
Paper is huge in watercolor. The way your water and color interact with the texture and surface of the paper can completely change your look. There is cold pressed paper and hot pressed paper. I love to use hot press for work that I know will be scanned and digitized because it is smooth and easier to clean up on the computer. This is my favorite hot press paper.
For custom artwork that will be framed and will hopefully be cherished forever, I like to use a high quality cold press paper. The cold press has a beautiful texture that compliments the watercolor movement. This is my favorite cold press paper.
Your palette does not need to be fancy. I really like having several different places for mixing my colors. I’ve used these for years and they are very inexpensive.
This is all for now! Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to see any other recommendations. Thanks so much!