Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Little Painting Fun

A couple of weeks ago I bought a new travel watercolor set. I had used most of the paints in my last one and wanted to be at full capacity for my return to Italy at the end of the month. This weekend I got to play with it a little bit.
Here it is all tiny and compact. It's a Winsor & Newton travel set which makes middle of the road water colors, not too pricey but still pretty decent.

The top of the box comes off and can be used for a water dish. Then the box can be opened. To start, there is a small water bottle/palette, a small sponge, some additional small fold-out palettes, and a small paintbrush (which isn't that great, but will do in a pinch).

The palettes fold out and there are 12 pan watercolors.

And here's what it should really look like after some use.

I played around with the colors since I accidentally threw away the box that told me what colors are inside.

I pulled up some pictures of my previous trip to Italy and did some sketches and color washes to get used to the paints. I am getting more and more excited about this trip. Since we are traveling around by car I am hoping to have time to just sit with a coffee or a glass of wine and just sketch the incredibleness around me.
The island of Burano in Venice. I think this is my most favorite place in Italy. I can't wait to return.

A small bridge in Venice.


  1. Oh my gosh, not only do you make beautiful cards but you also paint! I love water colors but my results are not as great! Thanks for sharing the pictures of Italy...I LOVE the when houses/buildings have colors as opposed to the tan/brown/beige landsprawl in CA.

    My kids are using watercolor for pictures for an art contest...that gives me an idea for a post today.

    Happy Thursday!

  2. Thank you for the tutorial. I know nothing about watercolors, except for what I remember from kindergarten. I should look into something like that, it looks like fun.

    I love Venice too.

  3. OHMYGOSH - you cook, you write, you PAINT! You're a total Renaissance Woman, Pumpkin!!!

    Pumpkin de Medici? Is that your REAL name??!! :)

    Seriously.... this is really cool.
    I love your pictures... they are lovely.

    btw... I'm still planning on stowing away in your luggage. After all, since I'm unemployed, I'm FREE to go, after all.... I'll just show up with my passport and some crackers.... use my contortionist skills and tuck my little self into your luggage. We'll have a BLAST - you'll see.

  4. This is going to bring the ddoling to a WHOLE new level!! ;)

  5. You are so fancy! Do you live in Fancy Village?

    And yes, Pumpkin DOES IT ALL.

  6. This is amazing. You are very talented. I am so excited for your trip!

    I didn't think I could ever think you werer cooler than I already did, but i do. Did that sentence make sense?

    I love your music today too. I can't close your page down because I just want to sit and listen to it all night! Really for really!