I sell on Etsy and also try to buy from Etsy small business folks.
Recently I bought five paints from Greenleaf & Blueberry. They are lovely!
And they are only a few hours away in Bellingham, Washington.
When I saw the Mayan Red and Mayan Violet, I thought of anemones immediately!
(And see I did my dyslexic thang and reversed letters in my journal! Damn!)
The experience was like getting a present. I wish I photographed it but I wanted the goodies and so did not stop — but they came wrapped beautifully and thoughtfully.
I am grateful for color, grateful for watercolor, and
grateful for the jewelry sales that allowed me to purchase from this lovely shop!
Daniel Smith recently discontinued Cote d’Azur, a color I use a lot. G&B makes it, as you can see in the bottom wrapper and the color of the sand, below. Theirs is much grittier, like a DS Primatek, and so I may have to buy Windsor Newton’s as well, but this is delightful, and can use it for buildings and sandy beaches . . . Just not for skin tones.
I work with a lot of charcoal and hematite colors.
G&B has two that I bought and I am so happy with both of them.
The Magnetite is a dark clean charcoal color, as opposed to DS Hematite,
which I also love, but which has a slightly bloody tint to it.
I used it in the center of the flowers and the curve of the vase.
The Shungite is like painting with charcoal, smooth and oh so what I wanted!
I used it for the tiny dots around the center . . . I will use this constantly!
I hope they are okay with me stealing their photos off their etsy shop!
I highly recommend them. Handmade paints are different than commercial —
they have a bit more body is the only way I can describe it!
Moleskin 8×11 watercolor journal, Pentalic HB woodless pencil,
A cheap office supply Sheaffer calligraphy pen, Pilot Parallel pen, and Platinum Carbon pen, Greenleaf & Blueberry and Daniel Smith watercolors.
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Very lifelike flowers. Gorgeous colors and petals. Your enthusiasm is contagious 💖
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what a really lovely painting!! I primarily work with acrylics but have been taking some online classes , reading books and playing with sketching and watercolors. Still much of a learning process. Thank you for sharing about the handmade watercolors along with the links! Happy PPF!
Linda I primarily worked with acrylics for many years. I stepped into watercolors in January 2014 primarily because of space, and really love them. My first year was very much about learning the medium. I am just now getting to the point of experimenting with watercolors and inks the way I did with acrylics. I have enjoyed being part of a great FB group where I learned so much from some amazing water-colorists — including Brenda Swensen, Cathy Johnson, and Shari Blaukoft. Cathy has good DVD’s and many free videos on youtube. Craftsy is another good source. I took one round of Sketchbook Skool but only found a few teachers to my liking, and prefer classes where I “own” the class and can come back to look if I want to, plus SS seems to be a better class for real beginners. I am not a beginner but a mid-life change artist! I also have seen some hyped classes that I found to be pretty bad (will remain nameless). Do you have a blog/website? Thanks — Kate
Those colours look amazing and the shungite looks perfect… I would be using that all the time as well. Great post, beautiful painting and amazing paints… Thinking I need to check them out which makes me grateful for having wonderful cyber friends who share their wonderful finds
So far I am loving their paints — heavy and full bodied — like me! 🙂
Fabulous. Happy PPF
Fantastic ! An awesome painting is this!
Thank you — I tried to see your work but I am blocked!
those flowers are beautiful.visiting from PPF. Hugs xo
Happy PPF to you too! b Love your girls cheeks!
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thank you xo
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