Tag: watercolor

How to make an easy watercolor autumn decoration

Last week was the official start of autumn, but you wouldn’t be able to tell from the art in my room: some hyacinth paintings I made back in the spring of 2015. I thought of changing them in accordance with the season many times, but who has the time for room decorations! Well, now I finally found some time and I want to show you how you can make some for yourself too.

I believe the little paintings I made for my room are really simple and anyone with the basic skills to handle watercolor, brush and pen can pull it off. For the purpose of making these decorations there’s no need for expensive art supplies either, but I am using the best quality supplies I have nevertheless. I guess I just love the feel of them more.

So if you like throwing some paint on paper this is for you! Even if you don’t go all the way and add the pen sketch on top of the watercolor basis, you’ll still have an awesome piece of abstract art to hang on your wall. Just ask this red- yellow blot that was sitting on my shelf for at least 3 years now!




  • Canson watercolor paper 300 g/m2

  • Sonnet Watercolors | hanza yellow | orange | carmine | violet deep | ultramarine light

  • Guld-mår Watercolor Round brush #8

  • Uni Pin Fine liner 0.1

If you are curious to see how to make your own autumn decorations, just follow the instructions in the video bellow. And if you decide to try it don’t forget to share your results with me!

Have fun!

Watercolor Speedpaint Illustration

I did not manage to get a lot of painting done while in Barcelona, so now I am catching up at home using photo references. I wanted to start by drawing a cathedral or Arc de Triomf, or the Museum of Art, or some other fancy building, but even though these are impressive what I find stuck in my mind are the narrow streets of the old town, the tiny balconies almost hidden in hanging curtains of greenery, the water fountains, the palms, the other plants I’ve never seen, the blue water of the Mediterranean, the rocks of Montserrat  …  So these were the things I mostly wanted to draw.

That’s why I started with a quick watercolor painting of a small balcony and a window covered in lush foliage. I started by throwing some paint on the paper, then I gave it time to dry and drew all the details in pen on top of it. After that I added more color and defined the plants a little more. It was a fun quick and loose illustration for my watercolor journal and I recorded the process for a timelapse video, which you can see here:


My travel drawing kit

Since I’m soon leaving for a vacation to Barcelona, so I thought I’d quickly share my travel drawing kit with you. It is quite small, but absolutely enough for sketching on the go!


1. A tiny watercolor set that I made myself, using a tin box of mints and pans of my current favorite colors to paint with. They are all mixed up, collected from here and there and I have no clue which brands they are, but certainly nothing too fancy, the quality is not too bad though. The colors I’ve selected are: turquoise blue, ultramarine blue, cobalt blue, red light, carmine, raw siena, burnt siena, lemon yellow and orange yellow.

2. A small makeup bag with a pattern of colorful water drops on it, quite fitting for a watercolor drawing kit, I thought!

3. Moleskine Art Plus Watercolor album

4. Thin long fine spray bottle filled with water

5. Large water brush

6. Small water brush

7. Pigma Micron 05 ink pen | I might add one thinner to the mix just in case!

8. Schneider Maxx permanent marker | Not sure I actually need it.

9. White jell pen

10. Eraser pen like thingie

11. Faber Castell 2B pencil

12. Derwent watercolor pencil Cobalt blue 31

13. Derwent watercolor pencil May Green 48

14. Derwent watercolor pencil Sepia 53

15. Random orange watercolor pencil | I like drawing an initial sketch in watercolor pencil, so no pencil marks are visible in the final piece. I usually use colors close to the colors of the object, so they blend nicely, but to be honest my green and orange pencils are a bit random and not so useful. I carry them around anyway, most of the time they actually serve to hold my hair up in a bun 🙂

16. Sharpener

17. Bunch of clips

18. Tissue paper pack

Aaaand onwards to adventure!


What is in your drawing travel kit?