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How to Slow Down with Watercolours

23rd September 2015

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Mindfulness and creativity

Creativity enables us to slow down and enjoy the moment. It can help us to be more mindful and to embrace our creative flow. When I’m painting with watercolours, I like to lose myself in the process. I love the way the paint moves and bleeds, and I enjoy the uncertainty of how the finished piece will look. If you’re interested in experimenting with watercolours, here are a few basics to get you started.

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You will need

1. Watercolour paints – I recommend buying a set.
2. Brushes – I suggest buying a set in varying sizes.
3. Plastic palette to mix your paints on.
4. Jam jar or similar for your water.
5. Watercolour pad – the thicker the paper the less likely it is to curl.
6. Pencil and rubber.
7. Kitchen roll.

I bought my set for under £25 and they came with a brush and palette. Winsor & Newton are one of the best manufacturers of paints, and they’re the only ones I used during my fine art degree – I love them!

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Getting started with watercolours

If you’re new to painting, it’s best to just get going, by experimenting, you’ll gain confidence with using a paintbrush and you’ll also see what the paint can do. It’s great to try mixing your own colours – my leaf paintings were made from green, yellow and blue. You can also change the paint opacity by adding more water to the brush. Watercolours are versatile and when the colours bleed they create beautiful effects.

Once you’ve gained some confidence, draw an outline of something you’d like to paint. I prefer to draw an object I have in front of me because it enables me to see the light and shade. There are two main techniques with watercolours, you can either paint on dry paper – this is good for detailed work when you require a sharp edge. Or you can wet the paper before applying the paint, a process often used when painting large areas.

Creative flow

I believe painting should be enjoyed as a process, rather than getting caught up in how the finished piece will look. It really doesn’t matter what the end result looks like if the process helped you to become more aware of your creative self. By letting go of judgment, we can truly appreciate the moment and enjoy our creative flow.

Further reading on Candy Pop

Simple ways to nurture your creativity
Uplifting ways to find your creative flow
Inspiring mindfulness and meditation resources

Thanks for stopping by, I hope you have a beautifully creative day.

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8 Comments

  • Reply Kate 23rd September 2015 at 8:50 am

    These are really cute. I’ve not painted in years (since I used to go round to my granddad’s to learn about watercolours on Saturday mornings when I was a teenager) so might have to give it a try again.

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 23rd September 2015 at 10:26 am

      Thank you Kate. Watercolours with your Grandad sounds delightful, I made plasticine monsters with mine!

  • Reply Eva 23rd September 2015 at 8:57 am

    I totally agree with you! Anyone can paint, no import the result. I love painting, presqu’e unfortunately it’s been a year that I do not take my brushes. When I painted I really took to the game. Normally I like to put on some music and forget everything! I like your personal jungle, it’s simple and elegant. xo

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 23rd September 2015 at 10:31 am

      Thank you Eva. How lovely, it sounds like I’m preaching to the converted. I’d love to find more time to paint, maybe you should dust off your brushes!

  • Reply Ajewell 23rd September 2015 at 6:52 pm

    I have not painted in years, when I did watercolor was my favorite. I thin I will have to pull out my supplies, I have been wanting some new art work in my room. What plant is on the top shelf? I love the clusters of leaves and the length it is growing to!

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 24th September 2015 at 8:23 pm

      Thank you for your comment. The plant is called string of hearts or rosary vine. It’s so delicate and is soon to reach the floor!

  • Reply Jesse 30th September 2015 at 3:58 pm

    These are so lovely. I have to say I am really fond of illustrations, watercolours and screen-printed works but I’m never daring enough to try my hand at any of it. As a child I loved to doodle though so maybe that’s just the inspiration I needed to push myself a little out of my comfort zone 🙂

    • Candy Pop
      Reply Candy Pop 30th September 2015 at 4:43 pm

      Thank you Jesse for stopping by, it was great to meet you last week! You should try painting with watercolours, it’s really easy. Trust me!

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