Monday, December 03, 2018

2018 Holiday Watercolor Gift Guide

Give yourself a little something this year!  I know my readers deserve a little treat, and will enjoy everything on this curated list of watercolor favorites!  This year's gift guide is for you-new watercolor supplies or old tricks we've overlooked that can really make a difference.  Recommendations are based on some of my favorite products of 2018, or inspired by my favorite new techniques, and are inspired by my Artnerds on Patreon!

Not a watercolor artist?  Stick around- my comic artist gift guide is in the works!

🎁Past Watercolor Gift Guides:🎁

🎄Watercolor Gift Guide for Young Artists Ages 9-13🎄

🎄Watercolor Artist Gift Guide-Beginner🎄

🎄Holiday Gift Guide:  Buying for Adult Artists🎄

🎄Budget Watercolor Recommendations🎄

🎄Watercolor Gift Guide- Michael's Craft Store🎄

 🎁This Year's Recommendations: 🎁

2018 Watercolor Gift Guide


Left to Right:  MozArt Komorebi, Da Vinci Mixing Set, Qor Travel Set, Daniel Smith Primatek, Daniel Smith Travel Half Fans, Primatek Pearlescent 

MozArt Komorebi set
$29.99 on Amazon

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Da Vinci Mixing Watercolors
12 Full Sized Pans-$56.00 on Jerry's Artarama

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Qor Travel Set
$59.99 on Blick

Qor 6 Color Introductory Set
$20.99 on Jerry's Artarama

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Daniel Smith Half Pan Sets
Various Sets Available
Ultimate Mixing Set (15 colors)- $74.49 on Blick

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Daniel Smith Primatek Set
6 tubes, 5ml each, $$26.17 on Amazon

Finetec Metallic Watercolor
Various prices, starting at $5.80 on Blick

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Blick Premier Watercolor Paper
Various prices and sizes, starting at $14.75 only on Blick

Stonehenge Aqua Hotpress
Starting at $14.50 per pad at Jerry's Artarama

Stonehenge Aqua Coldpress
Starting at $14.50 at Jerry's Artarama

Cheap Joe's Kilimanjaro Coldpress
Starting at $21.89 only at Cheap Joe's


❄️Watercolor Sketchbooks:❄️

Canson Watercolor XL
Starting at $5.75 on Blick (available at Walmart and Michaels as well)

Blick Studio Watercolor
Various sizes, starting at $5.66 only on Blick:

Handbook Handmade Watercolor
Available in various sizes
6"x6"- $25.50 plus shipping on Amazon

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Handbook Fluid
Available in various sizes
6"x6"-$10.92 on Amazon

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Menso and Sumi Brushes
Set of Three Kuretake Menso Brushes $36.79 on Amazon

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Silver Black Velvet Synthetic and Squirrel Brushes
Prices varies by size, available through Blick


Pentel Brushpens
Full set of 18 Pens-$99.90 on Amazon

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Winsor and Newton Gum Arabic
$14.72 on Amazon

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Winsor and Newton Masking Fluid
$11.49 on Amazon

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Ceramic Brush Stand
$7.50 on Amazon

Ceramic Palettes:
7 Well Flower Mixing Palette: $11.28 on Amazon
Large 7 Well Palette: 14.99 on Amazon
Small Watercolor Dishes, 15 count: $24.99 on Amazon

Butchers Tray
Various prices and sizes on Amazon


Pebeo Masking Marker
$5.50 on Blick

Paint Pucks
$3.99 on Blick

Empty Pans and Half Pans
50 half pans, $8.99 on Amazon

Empty Palettes
Honbay 12 half pan palette: $8.99 on Amazon
MEEDEN 24 half pan palette: $13.99 on Amazon
MEEDEN 48 half pan palette: $18.99 on Amazon

Altoids or Mint Tins

HomeAid Magnetic Palettes:
$10.99 on Amazon

❄️Drawing and Lineart:❄️

Color Eno Colored Leads
.7 leads, all 8 colors, 2 packs- $15.99 on Amazon

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Sakura Pigma FB, MB, and BB brushpens
Pack of all 3- $8.86 on Amazon

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Pentel Pigment Brushpens
Extra Fine- $6.50 on Amazon
Medium- $5.93+ shipping on Amazon

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I hope you guys enjoyed this year's Watercolor Gift Guide!  It was such a good year for watercolor, particularly easing access or offering once cost prohibitive watercolors in more affordable curated sets.  My particular favorites in that category are the Daniel Smith and Qor half pans- these can be a great place for an artist interested in professional watercolor to begin their collection.

After reading this gift guide, if you're interested in a curated recommendation on a specific budget, feel free to drop me an email or message me on Patreon!

Christmas can be a wonderful time to show a creator how much you appreciate their work!  If you enjoy this blog- if you have found it useful, inspiring, beneficial to you, please consider sending me a tip this December via Patreon ,Ko-Fi, or Paypal.   The generosity of my wonderful Artnerds on Patreon helps keeps this blog and it's sister Youtube channel going, and without their support and kindness, I would not be able to review art supplies for the public to enjoy.  It takes very little to show your appreciation for my hard work, and a very little can go a long way.

Did I miss out on something great?  Let me know via email!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

2018 Gratitudes

I believe it's important to occasionally take stock and show gratitude for the gifts we've been given, and the kindnesses others have shown us.  Thanksgiving can be a great time to do this, but unfortunately for those of us who suffer from SAD, it can be difficult to see the silver lining when the grey clouds of winter have closed in.  So I'm going to keep my list of gratitudes short but sweet- these are all things I'm intensely grateful for this year.

This Year, I'm Grateful For: 

Nashville Community Ed allowing me the opportunity to teach a comics class in the Nashville area.  And then allowing me ANOTHER opportunity starting in January.  It's a pleasure to hone my comic teaching skills, and it's wonderful to be allowed the room to continue to learn and develop these skills, and I hope I'm able to inspire an appreciation of comics in my students.

My mom's support, particularly her teaching advice.  Without her wisdom and experience, my first year teaching adults would be even more difficult and confusing.

Joseph's support, particularly when it comes to helping out at conventions, but also for just letting me vent constantly. 

My younger brother discovering a love of volunteer firefighting, as it's opened doors for him and given him a passion for helping others.

Customers who are interested in, and excited by, my comic work.  Their interest fires me up to continue work on 7" Kara, and to hurry to get Volume 2 out.

My wonderful Artnerds. Their support and encouragement are the inspiration and motivation for me to continue my art education work online.

Librarians who are willing to give me an opportunity to teach comics to their patrons.

Small library comic conventions filled with patrons who genuinely love books and are legitimately interested in comics, particularly comics for kids.

ALAAC and the opportunities that came from tabling at ALAAC.

Friends and family who check in to see how I'm doing, who share a laugh when levity is needed, and provide a shoulder to cry on when times are tough.

Monday, November 19, 2018

Mermay Merbaes

Why yes, I know it's November, NOT May. These were initially sketched during Mermay, inked during June, and scanned in November.  What's the reason for this belated erase and scan-athon?  I want to compile my little merbabies into a zine!

Eventually, I want to watercolor each and every one.  Some of my Artnerds have requested these as coloring sheets, so once I have these cleaned up in black and white, I'm going to make that available through Gumroad and on my Patreon.

These mermaids are all based on freshwater aquarium animals- mostly fish, but there's a few amphibabes in the mix too!

Materials Used:
Non Photo Blue Printed Bluelines


Sunset Platy

Borgras Bigittae

Neon tetra

Black Molly

Beta Fish

Bala Shark

Red Minion Longfin Serpae Tetra

Cherry Barb

Fancy Guppy

Nothobrachius Killifish


Red Tailed Shark



American Bullfrog Tadpole

Fire Bellied Newt

These were inked traditionally, and if you're looking to relax, I highly suggest watching the timelapse videos for these!

Day 1: Goldfish

Day 2: Sunset Platy:

Day 3: Boraras Brigittae:

Day 6: Beta Fish:

Day 7: Bala Shark:

Day 8: Red Minion Longfin Serpae Tetra:

Day 9: Cherry Barb:

Day 10: Fancy Guppy:

Day 11: Killifish:

Day 12: Mosquitofish:

For more inking timelapses, tutorials, and demonstrations, please check out my Youtube Channel!