The best watercolors paints you can use, be it on a budget or looking for professional-artist grade watercolor paints & pallets- today, I'm sharing with you my favorites!
You know, acrylic paints will always have my heart and be my numero uno! But I am the type of person/artist that likes to dabble in a little bit of everything (enneagram 7). Watercolor paints are another one of my favorite mediums (obviously, by the amount that I have). They are similar to acrylics in how forgiving they can be, if you mess up, you can probably save it. Watercolors are approachable to everyone. Unlike acrylics, these paints are safe for the youngest of children (yes, even tots) and super affordable if you are making art on a tight budget.
As you can tell, these pallets are well loved. They are truly what I use and have been using for years. I'm sharing with you a wide range of the best watercolors out there, from cheap beginner pallets, to tubes and pallets that will be something you'll save up for and gain experience before you'll need/want to upgrade.
Affordable + Beginner Watercolor Pallets
The artist loft pallets are honestly one of my favorite pallets ever and they are SUPER affordable. These are GREAT paints for beginners or even kids. But, as you can see, I've used mine ALOT. There are a wide selection of colors in the artist loft pallet and they have pretty good pigment for the price. It is a good 'bang for your buck' deal in my opinon. If you don't have alot of money to invest in paints and want to make sure you get a wide selection of colors without having to by multiple pallets, this is the pallet to go with.
ThePrang andCrayola pallets are great and affordable options for the kiddos, but I still find myself using them too. You can always get a good deal on these pallets, especially if you look out for sales.
Sakura Travel Watercolor Pallets + Pearlescent & metallic pallet
The Sakura pallet is a travel pallet but I use it regularly and LOVE it so much, that I just bought myself the other pallet with glitter/metallic colors. Each of the pallets come with water brushes (as seen in the *new pallet bellow), a little tray for mixing colors and two sponges on the side for blotting the water brush in between colors. You can find these anywhere from $20-$30ish dollars depending on sales. Amazon has the best price I've seen. My original Sakura pallet I have had for 4+ years and it's traveled all over the world with me, can't wait to love one the new one just as much!
The Winsor & Newton pallet is another travel pallet that I have had for YEARS. It was actually my first. I have replaced some of the watercolor squares over time when I ran out and it's just been the best little thing. It's super small, will fit in the palm of your hand and comes with a cute little extendable paint brush.
Mission Watercolors Tube Paints with a Pallet
The Mission watercolors are tube paints that come with a pallet for you to squirt each color into with lots of space for mixing up your own colors too. Y'all, these colors are so rich + vibrant and are just the most beautiful shades. These colors get used so much. The blues and greens are my favorites. The pigments are so strong that you only need to squirt a little bit of paint out at a time. These are more pricy, but in my opion worth it and will last you forever.
The Kurtake is another really awesome, semi-pricey (cake) pallet, but again- totally worth it. I use this thang so dang much. I love the colors that come with the pallet (you can see some are very worn down), the blues, yellows and golds are my favorites/most used on this pallet.
Metallic Watercolors and Neon Watercolors Pallet
It can be really hard to find good metallics and neons in watercolors. The metallics are often muddy and the neons too watery and see through. The MozArt Supplies Metallic and neon pallets do just what you want them too and for a GREAT price!
I LOVE liquid watercolors and inks but they are a totally differnt ball game from regular cake and tube paints. They are obviously more 'fluid' so you really have to get used to how much water you need to use and how wet you can let your paper get before it rips. Keep in mind the ink watercolors are permanent, so be careful blowing, splattering and slinging them around.
I don't have a set any more, but in my classroom I used to use The Sargent Watercolor Magic set for our lquid watercolors. Perfect for childern and will last you FOREVER.
My personal favorite liquid watercolors and inks are from the Dr. Ph Martin's line.
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Guess what?! I wrote a BOOK! If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you may have already heard the news. I announced it just before Christmas, when I surprisingly found out that it was already available for pre-sale on Amazon!
I spent the majority of 2018 working on this project, dreaming up the projects, shooting the pictures and writing the copy. It was a true labor of love, and the biggest + best opportunity I have gotten thus far.
Getting to write a book (of some kind) has always been a dream of mine, just one I wasn't sure how to bring about on my own. I don't necessarily consider myself a writer, per se, at least not in the traditional, grammar snob way. BUT I have always loved creative, free writing. Keeping a journal since 6th grade, writing down the details of my life, and creating little short stories. That naturally evolved into a Xanga, Livejournal, blogger and eventually- this blog right here. I guess the next natural progression was a book!
This opportunity first came about a couple of years ago, shortly after I left my teaching position. A editing house out of London reached out to me to pitch them a few ideas on what I would write a book about if given the chance. Naturally, I pitched all art related ideas and doing a book about painting just felt right.
The projects in this book are labeled as 'plays', 'prompts' and 'projects' and range from easy to slightly challenging, I wouldn't say hard, though. I really wanted it to be a book for 'everyone' type of thing. Something that adults and kids both could enjoy painting their way through. Something that art teachers could use as a jumping point for class projects, or that a beginner could pick up to start their acrylic painting journey.
The book is only on pre-sale right now (on Amazon and Barnes and Noble) and I haven't even received a physical copy of it yet. So I will be sharing more about this through out the coming months, maybe even giving you some teasers of projects inside.
DIY Shoe Makeover Ideas to breathe new life into old shoes! I've teamed up with DecoArt and 12 other makers in this free ebook download to give you 30+ projects and shoe makeover ideas.
I had so much fun getting to play with DecoArt's new line of Stylin Paints and you can too! I am hosting a giveaway to win a full set of the Stylin line over on my instagram so hop on over to there to see how to enter.
From beige to blooming! These platforms were totally transformed by a little bit of paint! Not to brag, but they have seriously been my favorite sandals all summer long, and every time I wear them I get compliments. They give me all the flower power vibes and make my feet so happy!
I show you just how I painted the pattern on these shoes in the e-book. The Stylin paints are super easy to use and work on a variety of fabric options. They are a must to included in your DIY tool kit.
Don't you love this leather collar I made to go along with the platforms?! It's a funky statement piece that I also share how to make with you in the ebook.
Next up in the ebook I give these espadrilles a colorful makeover. The paints worked just like they do on a canvas on these shoes and looks like an (p)ARTY on my feet!
Download the ebook and head over to my instagram for the chance to win a set of all 14 colors of the Stylin DecoArt paints, so you can do all the projects in this book!
Also, a little birdie told my that DecoArt is hosting a sale on all Stylin products that are 40% off including the Value Pack (which was already an amazing deal). On top of that... if customers use the coupon code: STYLIN30FS they can receive free ground shipping in the United States on orders over $30 that contain at least 1 Stylin product. Don't miss out!
And PLEASE share with me if you do one of these projects, I'd love to see! Take a pic and post it on instagram and tag me (@myfriendcourt) or use my hashtag --.> #iliketoARTYhard
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Women's slouchy jumpers are probably one of my favorite year round outfits, as it feels like you are wearing your pjs, but it also makes a really big style statement too! The one I am sharing today is the perfect women's slouchy jumper for spring.
I picked up this gem of a jumper last spring at the Inman park festival from a shop called Baizaar. It is light-weight (feels like you're not wearing anything) and great for spring and summer here in GA where it can get insanely hot.
Today was a VERY beautiful spring day, so I threw on my slouchy jumper and Chris and I got out of the house for happy hour on a patio somewhere. You see, as a lot of the country has been experiencing- the weather has been drunk and flip-flopping all around. It is great one day and the next day it's rainy and in the 30s again. So, ENJOY IT while its here.
Chris (my hubby) is a commercial/fashion photographer, so he helps me out with my photos and since I'm no model he also helps me pose sometimes. He said crouch down and well...haha this is what we got! I feel like I see other girls pull off this sort of pose so well but I just don't know about me.
These purple tassel earrings are my new fav! They are super light weight, which makes them easy to wear all day. and I got them from target. And my handbag and tassel is by (moi) StudiOH, Shoppe!
Also, I switched to this all natural, tea-tree oil, ph scalp balancing shampoo and conditioner and now all of a sudden my hair has all this body and wave to it and I don't even know who I am. I've always had pretty straight hair, except for in middle school when I had a perm! lol But I love it, and had to get a picture of it. This is me letting it air dry, because I need to get one of those diffusers and see if I can really get it to curl! Has this sort of thing ever happened to you before? SO WEIRD!
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