Monthly Archives: May 2017

Still obsessed.

Tonight I decided to play with the most expensive paints I own, the Mission Gold 36 set. 🙂

I painted another grouping of florals using Permanent Rose, Bright Opera, Lemon Yellow, and Rose Madder for the flowers and Prussian Blue, Olive Green, Sap Green, and Yellow Green for the leaves. The berries are Ultramarine Deep. 

At first I didn’t like the way this turned out, but the more I look at it, the more I like it better than my first painting. It definitely took more effort and I basically had to change the “flower” of the bottom left and top left (the more orange flowers) to look more like poppies because they ended up looking like big blobs. 

I’m really enjoying experimenting and getting to know my paints better. I watched tons of YouTube videos about the pros and cons of Mission Gold. A lot of people complained that these paints don’t flow very well, and do not layer well. I don’t find that to be true. I thought they flowed easily and I was able to layer pretty well when in was fixing the 2 orange flowers. But then again, I have no other artist grade watercolors to compare them to, lol. I have a few colors of Winsor and Newton from the watercolor class I took, but not enough to really make any judgment on the quality of them. (This is why I need them all, right????)

I also tried a landscape tutorial from the Frugal Crafter. I really enjoy her videos, and highly recommend everyone subscribe to her. They’re really informative and she makes everything look so easy. I had to rewind several times, but this is what I ended up with:

If you can believe it, I only used 3 colors for this painting: Ultramarine Deep, Permanent Rose (she used Alizarin Crimson, which I do not have), and Yellow Orange (I believe she used Gamboge, but I do not have that one, either). I cheated a little bit on the black and added a little indigo as my grey was looking more purple. I think that may have to do with the fact that the Ultramarine in this Mission Gold set is a mix and not a single pigment. (So, another reason I should get another professional artist grade set, right???)

Her painting was much softer and more watercolor’y, but mine turned out ok. I didn’t have all the brushes she used, so I made do with my round brushes (no flat) and a fan brush (no dagger), but it was more likely user error, rather than the lack of the same brushes, lol~ 

I. Love. Watercolors!