Picking up the brush again

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I picked up journaling around middle of last year, just before our family trip back to France. Initially, my style was text-heavy with little to nearly zero illustrations or doodles. I was thoroughly convinced that I was not a very visual person. My artwork lacked depth and composition. Well, it still does. I don’t consider myself an artist.

Our travel back to France saw us going to really gorgeous places and enjoying familiar foods. I took tonnes of pictures but putting them all into a journal wasn’t going to work. Doodling was a nice way of capturing these images and plonking them next to text. It made things readable and more importantly, I didn’t have to spend too much time thinking of things to write. …

Now I am not an urban sketcher (draw and paint on location). My journaling process is such that I make notes in pencil, take photos with my phone and then sketch out the outline in 4H pencil before I add in colour. I went from using colour pencils and pens to watercolour pencils and pen. It stayed that way for a while…even when I came back and then went to Sri Lanka and back.

Despite purchasing a pocket set of Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours in July, I was terrified of using them. I wasn’t too sure of how to use them or what to do with them. It wasn’t until my watercolour class at Stickerrific that I finally worked up the courage to paint with the Cotman set. As it turns out, my fears were unfounded; painting with watercolour is fun! 🙂

Since then, I’ve added a couple of colours to my Cotman watercolour set and bought a couple of artist-grade colours from Daniel Smith (their green apatite genuine is simply divine!). I’m now tempted to try out minimal painting, that is, painting with 5-6 colours (primary colours of yellow, red and blue plus a green and brown of some sort).

Of course that means looking for more things to paint! Hehehehe.

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