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You have to be brave if you are learning to paint.
I love these bright baby toys as objects to learn to paint. I am writing this as a 4 part tutorial to make it so simple that you will fall in love with watercolor. This will be foolproof and as inexpensive as I can make it.
I think there are a couple of hurdles to being a creative person.
- The first is confidence (you worry that all your talent is in your big toe)
- Or you feel that you don’t deserve the time to be creative.
- Then your mind takes over and tells you that you don’t know what supplies you need.
- And, your negative voice chips in that you definitely don’t want more “stuff” that adds to your family’s clutter or that stays in that pile of unused crap.
Sadly, however, if you don’t have some supplies on hand, when you feel creative, you can’t move forward and the moment passes.
I want you to paint a personal gift for a special baby or maybe just a small card
- It would be mean so much more if it was handmade.
- I want this project be worth the time you need to learn to paint watercolors.
I know you can paint something beautiful.
Go Ahead and Try it. The worst thing that will happen is that you will hate what you make and you will have wasted a few dollars on materials.
The best thing that could happen if you brave learning to paint?
You could make something awesome that people will look at and say, “I love that!” and then, you get to say, “Thanks! I made it!”. There is some major satisfaction in those simple words. Serious satisfaction.
Take a look at this first tutorial.
This lion painting took 30 minutes.
- You can totally do 30 minutes of time.
- (Full disclosure: There was probably another 30 minutes getting the template printed and transferred. However, this additional 30 extra minutes was for four templates and their placement for a large composition.)
- To be safe, let’s add 30 minutes prep time the day before you paint
Ready to try?
Materials To Brave Learning to paint
- Let’s start with these inexpensive materials from Amazon
- Order PRIME so you can start in 2 days.
- Except for my brushes (which you can find here), I used exactly this list.
- this pack can be used for all media (oil, acrylic, fabric) and will last for hundreds of transfers
Cold Press Watercolor Paper
- You can paint the toy series full-size onto 12″ x 20″ piece of paper.
- Or you can paint a single full-size toy comfortably onto 8″ x 10″ piece of paper
- I painted on a large piece of Fabriano paper.
- Try one that you already own or you can try this set to begin with
This tiny watercolor pan palette works well for the color mixes we need. It is a wonderful size so it can be dropped into your pocketbook for later inspiration.
- Transfer your Template to your watercolor paper;
- Place the Saral transfer paper under your printed template
- Press your pencil lightly when transfer paper is new. If your lines are too dark, lighten them by rolling over them with a gum eraser.
- You decide whether you want to paint a small painting of a single toy (following each video).
- Or, be brave, and arrange some or all of the toys.
- The templates are sized so that you have them interact.
Warm up with strips or circle of yellows-red paint
You Did it
- 30 -45 minutes,
- $45 (but a lot of this expense is reusable)
- PLUS a beautiful little painting.
But the best gift is to yourself as you discover that you DID IT!!
Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for Part 2.
PS. If you decide watercolors are something you are excited about, you can look at more detailed posts with more extensive (and sometimes expensive) supplies here.
Plus some of the “how” and “why” of making paintings here.