My first watercolor painting

One of my best friends gave me a Wreck this Journal for my birthday. I became addicted. I already knew about it and saw Youtube videos such as Bunny’s Wreck it Wednesdays, but decided to look up more videos, to see what other people were doing, and I was amazed!

I also looked up what people were doing in Pinterest and was even more amazed!

Anywhoo, you can wreck it, or just let your creativity explode in it,and I chose the latter.

But this led me to look up painting techniques and I thought to myself “Hey, I’ve had these really expensive Caran D’Ache watercolor pencils since I was a kid, why not give those another go?” . But this time, it meant a proper go, not just painting with them and making it look a bit nicer with a bit of water.

So off I went, and I saw videos by The Frugal Crafter and not only did I REALLY dig her as a person, but I loved her tutorials. They are really well explained, fun and I dunno, it’s like having a buddy there, yapping merrily as you go lol 🙂 .

Here’s the video: Tutorial

And here’s how mine turned out:

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As always, the photo doesn’t do the colors justice, it looks more colorful than this.

I think my main two issues were: didn’t use a normal pencil to outline the drawing, but the watercolor ones themselves, and it kinda lost the edges (but I guess it’s ok), and I didn’t wet the paper down enough to blend the background colors. I was afraid it would murder the paper lol (but still, it looks ok).

Pretty happy with my first attempt ever, and amazed at how pencils that date from 1992(ish) still work so well ahaha 🙂

I might end up sharing some of my favourite Wreck this Journal pages in time, some of them look pretty cool.

While we are on the subject of buttons:

Back to my box o’buttons: Some are really old, and it shows. I made a Pinterest profile yesterday, put up my stuff, and some pictures I had in my tablets that I had found inspirational. Then I started pinning other things, among which hand painted buttons. That’s when I got the idea that I could easily give my old buttons a new face! So I grabbed my acrylic paints, and got to trying it out. Had plenty of fun painting in the tiny details and such (while watching a movie), but then my boyfriend asked me what would I do with my new buttons. Thought about it for a bit and decided that they would look pretty neat on my upcycled sardine cans! I did use flowers on my first one, so why not use these ones too? Here’s the makeover button, a before and after shot: image And the upcycled can idea where I could put it (and others I’ll eventually paint): image