Kerrie Woodhouse

Whimsical Watercolour

Well chosen watercolour tools make life easier

Beginner ResourcesKerrie Woodhouse

Control of watercolour.... is it possible? Hmmm, debatable.  But the right supplies certainly help. A few well chosen watercolour tools make life easier.

I started today with my Grown Up Watercolours ( the tube kind). Then I realised I had given myself lots of tiny details like the little hearts to fill in.  I was using my much loved goat hair chinese paintbrush (this one if you are interested) which did make the task a little easier.

If you haven't tried a chinese paintbrush before I recommend it. It took me a little while to get the hang of it but it is lovely and springy. It holds its point beautifully and holds a huge amount of paint. If you hold it vertical to the paper you can get the finest point. The link above is to the set of three that I bought a few years ago. They are still doing really well for me. I seem to be using the little one rather a lot in this month's series.

I am not known for my patience. I was pleased with myself for making it through all the little ruffles round the petals. My goat hair brush did well. But then I remembered my beloved  Tombow markers.... how could I forget?

I think Tombows are one of my favourite tools. Actually, I have a hard time choosing favourites.  I love them all. But Tombow markers are something I keep coming back to. I love the flexible nib. Just like a paintbrush.... but better because it keeps its point, and is always juicy.  The main attraction for me though, is those glorious colours.  You can lay them down so precisely with the brush or bullet end of the marker (yes they are double sided) and then a little bit of water will get the marks moving and flowing in the way watercolour always does. The pigment is so vibrant and strong, I am always surprised at the coverage.

I used to feel like it was cheating - using a marker instead of paint and a brush. What nonsense is that? Fortunately I have come to my senses. There are no rules. So cheating is simply not possible. I believe art should be fun. Guilt should not apply. Use whatever tools feel joyful.

Explore the rest of the Flower Faces Series or see if you can find your favourite in the shop.