When I started in watercolor, like most newbie artists, I didn't know anything about the paint. All I knew is that I loved the effects you could get and I wanted to be a watercolor artist. My mother was an artist who worked in oils so it also felt right to choose a different medium so I could make it all my own.
|Cotman Palette with large Moleskine|
I believe artists do better learning with artist grade paint. You'll get better results using better paint because Artist Quality paint means mixing less mud. Anyway, I had a bunch of Cotman colors as I started to learn to paint in watercolor. I then inherited a bunch of used tubes (Grumbacher, Da Vinci, W&N, Sennelier) from a friend who's father used to paint, she'd kept his watercolors for years after he passed away. When she learned that I was painting in watercolor, she happily donated them to me.
|Salty Chicken leaning on Extra-large Watercolor Moleskine|
|Colored Ballpoint Pens|
|SBS Cup with Waterbrushes|
Because I'm addicted to supplies, just like most of my artist brethren, I decided if I was gonna collect anything, let it be the least expensive thing, pens. Mostly I stick to black and permanent ink but I have to admit, I went through a stage where I thought I'd somehow use colored pens so I got a bunch of those too. Mostly though, my favorite are black liner pens like the go-to Sakura Pigma Micron pens with permenant archival ink. They come in many tip widths, I think starting at 005 and going all the way to 08. I have a ton of them in 01, 05 and 08 widths, they're the pen I reach for most often for outlining or inking a drawing. I do, however also rely on Uniball fine and micro (they have really black ink) on smooth paper and the Pilot Drawing Pen in a range of thicknesses. Don't forget the Pentel pocket brush pen. I haven't been using it much lately, but it's really expressive. You can see that in Roz Stendahl's artwork.
|I'm a Pen Addict|
|My Schmincke Palette with extra Daniel Smith tube watercolors|
|Da Vinci Brushes & More Pens|
|My Final Palette filled with Schmincke & Daniel Smith Artist Grade Watercolors|
On the left is my final color selection that fits in the Schmincke Palette. I've tried to double the size (use a full pan) of the popular and well used colors but also try and use those full pans as "markers" so I can easily find the color I'm looking for. Funny, most colors look so dark in the pans that it's sometimes hard to tell what is what! When I had all half pans I tended to have to count from one end or guess and get it wrong sometimes. With this method I find it easier to get to the color I want.
That's about it for now, although I have a penchant to go paint up every tube of paint I own (I still do have a bunch of extra colors that I inherited or are left over from the Holbein stage). I think that would be a fun exercise. I could also do that with ALL my pens, line them up like soldiers and tell them to stay still while I immortalized them on paper. I do love painting my supplies, I'm sure this page will grow. Until next time, peoples! ;o)
MORE about my palette, color picking etc here.