I blame Kristina Werner. (And of course, by blame, what I really mean is love!) It all started when I became hooked on her YouTube channel, which is literally a plethora of the craftiest, most creative videos you’ll find on the internet. I’ve watched her watercolor and specifically, I’ve watched her use the Mijello Mission Gold palette, and I had to do it. I had to add yet another thing to my crafty arsenal.
The other thing that inspired me to do it was Kristina has a new class, Simply Watercolor, that launched last month. For $20, you get SO much inspiration and instruction, so I decided to sign up to learn how to do things with just watercolor. Of course, you can use any watercolors at all for her course and what I love is that she shows you how to create beautiful projects with well priced, inexpensive sets. That said, I decided to go big or go home. Here’s the first card I made from her class. (Note: I decided to use a stamped greeting, because I was not feeling my handwriting! In Simply Watercolor, you need no stamps or dies! Yep! That 2 U? That’s all freehand, baby, courtesy of the class materials and instruction!)
I also decided to splurge on some quality brushes. Keep in mind, you do not need fancy brushes. Hell, I probably do not need fancy brushes. But I justified it in my mind by repeating the phrase “tax write off” over and over, and then went for it. (Note: I do provide a general Amazon link in my supplies at the bottom of the post as they will have these brushes, but you can also shop around on the web. Search places like Ebay or other artist supply shops to find good deals!)
Today’s video is decidedly that of a newbie, but the one thing I really wanted to do was create a swatch card with ease, so I set one up with my computer and turned it into a PDF to share with you. Use a piece of 5 x 7 watercolor paper (or larger!) and your inkjet printer to create a swatch card. For the Mijello set, you’ll need to print and trim two. They correspond exactly to the wells of the palette and will fit into the lid of the set. Use the corner trim marks to cut down your swatch card. Click on the image below to download the swatch card file!
Enjoy the download and here is my video showing the unboxing and the swatching! Please note: I am not even remotely qualified to be an expert resource for swatching watercolors. At one point, I had to print out a color wheel because I was confused as to the order of the colors. But hey, we all start somewhere! And I hope that is the takeaway!
Thanks so much for stopping by today! Wish me luck that I will actually be able to create something with these gorgeous paints. Whatever the outcome, I’ll have fun trying!
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