Watercolor is not my favorite medium. I struggle with picking palettes, blending colors, applying the right amount of water, maneuvering the brush… basically, everything about watercolor drives me insane.
But I wanted to try, and I did. I was already doing a lot of brush pen lettering then, but I signed up for a short watercolor calligraphy session and got an 8-color Prang set. A week later, this was what I had for show:
Unfortunately, while I was actually a bit proud of the output, (they were one of my first few attempts, after all) I didn’t feel very comfortable using watercolor to draw letters, unlike the ease that I find when doing the same with brush pens. I hosted an Instagram giveaway last month and considered including the Prang on the list of prizes. But before I could solidly decide to finally let go, I thought of giving it one final shot.
A very talented friend of mine posted a timelapse video of how she draws watercolor florals. I watched it over and over as if treating it like a step-by-step tutorial while simultaneously painting some flowers myself.
I thought, hey, this wasn’t too bad. I did a few more for practice to up my flower-painting game. It’s still a hit-or-miss for me, though. Some days, I get super nice results and I feel like I could do this for the rest of my life. On bad days — and trust me, there are more of them than the good ones — I get so frustrated, my trash bin fills up faster with lots of discarded papers.
Because I’m far from being an adept watercolor brush weilder, I just compensate with better handlettering. They work well together, the words being the message and the flowers serving as a nice background. (What I mean to say is they look great in pictures, you cannot not post them on Instagram LOL)
So far, I only know how to paint roses, and even that doesn’t look quite the healthy rose I want it to be. My leaves always need reshaping and my shadows are all over the place. I am a watercolor beginner and I know I can’t expect myself to wake up as an expert overnight, but I hope that I won’t stop trying.