Whew! With so many things happening in real life, I finally had time to sit down and blog. Since I’m still waiting for our photos during my first workshop with the January Makers PH team, I’ll do this post first lol.
A month ago, I found my old Reeves gouache paints. Thinking that it was a waste to throw them out, I decided to use them with my expired paper for practice. Here are some of the artworks that I did:
Sunflower & Peonies.
I tested my old materials by painting a sunflower first. The Reeves gouache is still usable, but it stinks! I like the brightness of the colors though. The next paintings were of course peonies. Knowing that all of the materials that I used were old, I could practice all I want without any worries of wasting my art materials HAHA.
First and second attempt. ♥
I posted something about this on Instagram:
When you don’t like your first attempt, it’s always okay to start again. 😁 It doesn’t have to be perfect everytime.
Some hydrangea studies.
Because sometimes its okay to paint with “careless, free, loose” strokes. ❤ The important thing is you enjoy what you’re doing. 😊
With hydrangeas, I was exploring on making looser strokes that would still look presentable. Wet on wet, layering, and my usual style. The third photo was a good study for my latest sticker.
Overall, I’m satisfied with experimenting on old art materials. It shows that you really don’t need high end stuff to make great work. There’s also no guilt of wasting expensive paper for practice haha. With this, let me end the post with their ages:
- Paper: Canson 200 gsm watercolor paper cut into smaller pieces. Age: 6 years.
- Reeves Gouache. Age: 15 years.
- Brush: Faber Castel freebie from the watercolor pencil set. Age: 12 years.