NEW Derwent Pastel Watercolor Review

Hi friends, today we are taking a look at the new Derwent pastel watercolor pan paint set of 12. You can find it on the Derwent website as well as a download of the color swatch with lightfast info and on Amazon USA. (affiliate link) This product sold out shortly after my review went live on YouTube but it is a new product and I’m sure it will be restocked soon. You can take this as an opportunity to decide if this is something that would add to the supplies you already have.

*This product was sent to me for review.

Pros:

  • Nice color selection (thought I would like a brown in place of one of the greys)
  • Color layer well
  • Smooth
  • not chalky
  • Good quality small waterbrush included
  • Price $25
  • Good lightfastness for pastel shades

Cons:

  • I wish there was a brown in place of one of the greys and a cleaner warm green instead of the drab kakhi green.

Bottom line: I prefer this pastel set to the other pastel watercolors I own. They lay down well, layer and are not chalky. I wouldn’t recommend it as a stand-alone set but it is a great addition to other traditional watercolors.

I will have a tutorial for the macarons next week! Happy crafting!

Inspired by Garbage

Hi friends! I was going to toss these eggshells out after making my daughter a sandwich but I thought they were to pretty to discard. So I rinsed them and set them on a paper towel to dry and that is where this still life came from.

A simple monochrome subject is an excellent thing to practice because you really have to look for the subtle changes in line and value so it doesn’t look invisible. You can find a real time version of this tutorial on Critique Club or enjoy the time-lapse below!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I hope you are having a great week! Happy crafting!

Smoke on the Water…

Let’s paint this misty lake!

If you ever wondered what in heck to use pastel watercolors for this tutorial will give you some ideas!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

If you would like to learn more about watercolor landscape painting check out my watercolor landscape class!

Happy crafting!

Oil Pastel Fun! Let’s Paint a Lily!

Hi friends! I love this time of year when I start to see bulbs pop out of the ground on my walks. The flowers will be blooming before you know it and one of my favorites are lilys.

The real-time tutorial is up now in Critique Club if you want to see this in real time or you can watch the sped up version below.

Supplies (affiliate links used)

Also, because I am super into to pastels of all types right now I am offering 50% off my Soft Pastel for Beginners Course! *Use coupon code APRILSHOWERS if the discount doesn’t appear. Offer good through 5/1/21 on one-time payment and payment plans.

What’s your favorite spring flower? Let me know in the comments below and til next time happy crafting!

Let’s Try Brusho! (and other watercolor powders)

Today we are going to play with fun, spontaneous and vibrant watercolor pigment powders!

You can find a real-time version of this lesson in Critique Club.

Supplies (affiliate links to Amazon and Blick used)

This was fun to paint, I hope you enjoyed it and consider trying it! Happy crafting!

Let’s Paint a Botanical Style Watercolor Ranunculus!

Well friends, it has been a week of learning new things! First podcasts, and yesterday I learned how to do a livestream from my phone. I didn’t give advance notice because I was afraid I might not be able to figure it out but I did and it worked very well! This is what we painted.

Below you can watch the reply. This is a paint along style lesson so grab your supplies and paint with me!

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I hope you have a bit of creative time this weekend to try this fun project! I have been thinking of doing more of these botanical lessons, what do you think? Let me know in the comments below! Happy crafting!

Let’s Draw & Paint a Vintage Inspired Botanical (free line art included)

Hi friends! Today I have a cheerful flower to remind you spring is right around the corner!

I snapped a photo of my line artwork with and without the shading incase you want to look at it when you draw or print it out and trace it. These are jpg files so you can print any size.

Watch the video see see how to create this painting step by step!

If you enjoyed this lesson you’ll love my Watercolor Flower Workshop with lessons on painting many types of flowers and how to put them together in bouquets, wreaths and swags, the options are endless once you know the basics! Click here to learn more!

Supplies (affiliate links used)

I hope you enjoyed this lesson and till next time happy crafting!