Today I decided to try out some watercolor half pans and a waterbrush. This combination eliminates most of the components of my nightmare so I felt it was worth the risk. And...drum roll please...it worked out great!!!
Dancing garden fairy and tulips sketch
ink and watercolor
approx. 8" x 5"
For those of you not familiar with a waterbrush, it is a brush with a hollow plastic handle which you can fill with water. Instead of dipping the brush in a cup of water, gently squeeze the handle to wet the bristles. In the sketch above I used less than a quarter of the water in the handle. My waterbrush is a round, but I see there is also a flat available which I might have to buy.
I am happy because I now have a small and simple sketching kit that I can take with me just about anywhere. This will be great for my trip overseas this summer. My kit includes...
- a Micron waterproof pen
- an 8" x 5" Cotman watercolour pad (I used this pad today) or my small Moleskin watercolor notebook
- a Cotman watercolor compact set (just the palette with the paints, not the whole travel bag)
- a medium round Niji waterbrush
Since I only plan to use the kit for sketching, I am not concerned about using student grade paints. However, this set does contain cadmium paints which I rarely use for larger paintings. I may at a later date try to replace the cadmium half pans with some quin colors which I use more regularly. But for now I am ecstatic with my new kit! Bring on the color sketches!