When I was pregnant with my eldest, Rianne, I wanted to learn how to sew, so I learned it. After giving birth to Ryan, I wanted to paint furniture, so I learned it. While I was pregnant with Renzo, I wanted to learn how to garden, so I learned it and now I want to paint using watercolour, so I’m going to learn it!
There are tons of things to learn! I don’t know, maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s my addiction, the good kind. I like to learn things. Do you?
Here’s what’s in my bucket list:
- Painting with Watercolour – doing this now
- Screen Printing
- Jewelry Making
- Graphic Design – will be doing this! I bought an online course.
- More Excel – Yes! I like math and organization lol
- Pokemon Go? Maybe!!
- And more… Wood working… and the list just goes on and on and on…
Now, How am I going to do this with 3 children around me? I don’t know, lol. I guess I can try holding a paintbrush with me my mouth while my hands are busy shoving them away. Just kidding… *wink*
I am going to do this… I am going to do this… Yes, Yes, Yes!
STEP1: Get Supplies! To get me started, of course, I have to get a watercolour palette and watercolour paper. To make it way easy for me, coz I don’t know anything, I bought a card kit at 4CATS on Main St. It’s great that they offer kits! It contained a watercolour palette, card stock, brushes, a template and instructions. This is what I’ve used so far. And then I did a little bit of research on what’s a good brand or kind of watercolour. It is important that It’s packable and handy as we have plans of travelling this year. My watercolours are the only hobby I can bring with me. Can’t bring my plants. Sad. But maybe I can paint them before we leave?! Good idea! I found out about the brand, PRANG and used my 50% coupon at Michael’s and get it for cheap. It’s a semi-moist watercolour, still not the artist kind. I want to know first what I’m doing before I invest in a much more expensive set. We’ll see!
STEP2: Try it! I tried painting with watercolour. Not really, more like just played with it. So I made these 2 types of cards for Rianne’s teachers and invitations for her birthday. Not fancy! Anyone can do it! Even Rianne can!
STEP3: Get Resources! Amazing, how we have a great library all over Vancouver! Most watercolour books are unavailable (so popular right now). I put a hold for them and I get them in a week or so. They’re never coming back to the library (just joking). I can renew twice (I think). I’ve also watched some YouTube videos! And looked at Pinterest. There’s so many resources available, actually. Don’t get caught up in the studying part, which I think I already am. Gotta try it!
STEP4: Take a Class! I am lucky, I live in a quite artsy city. Vancouver has a lot to offer in terms of watercolour classes. Be it an intensive watercolour course or modern techniques of quick tips, there’s a lot to choose from. Shadbolt in Burnaby offers 8 session workshops, Deserres have 2 hour classes (the most affordable) and Love by Phoebe on watercolour floral. I’ve researched a few more but this is what I have on my list based on location, affordability and style. I’m sure you’ll find a class near you!
STEP5: Don’t hesitate, just get creative! This is what I like about watercolour or any art, there’s really no right or wrong. The fluidity of watercolour makes it exciting. I am in awe of its of the subtle shades it make and amazed by the softness of boldness of colour depending on how you want it to be. I look at books and I’m like… How did he/she painted that? It’s just beautiful.
Happy Learning! What new thing are you learning or wanting to learn? Let me know, we can be learning buddies!! Till next time!