Getting into Watercolor.


I’ve been wanting to expand my knowledge in watercolor for a while now, and after doing some research on all of the sets on Amazon, I decided to go for the Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Sketchers Pocket Box.

I figured it was a good set to start out with and to add some color to my sketches in my sketchbook (a complimentary birthday gift from Jerry’s Artarama). I even purchased a 3-pack of Pentel Arts Aquash Water Brushes with assorted tips. Both the watercolor set and brushes were approximately $25. All of these supplies fit nicely in my purse, which is great for traveling!


Winsor & Newton is a reputable brand in my book. I haven’t had any major issues with their acrylic paints and the reviews of this set were pretty solid. The Sketcher’s Pocket Box is compact, and includes a small brush and 12 half-pan colors:

  • Lemon Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow
  • Cadmium Red Pale Hue
  • Crimson Alizarin
  • Ultramarine
  • Intense Blue
  • Emerald Green
  • Sap Green
  • Yellow Ochre
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • China White

The pans seem really tiny, but I don’t expect to go through them in less than a year. The only concern is that there’s no black and I’m not quite sure what I’m supposed to do with white. Still, all of the colors showed up nicely in the sketchbook. The pages are meant for mixed media, so if I’m a little heavy on the water, it will seep through.


Nevertheless, I’m excited to start getting into watercolor!

So, what are your favorite on-the-go art supplies? Any tips for a newbie on watercoloring?


~ gwinger

Keep Me Accountable.


I finally finished college, moved to a new city, settled in my big-girl job, and just turned 24. There should be nothing holding me back from my goals – seriously though, no more excuses. For now, let’s keep this post short and sweet:

By the age of 25:

  • Complete a 5K Run in less than 30 minutes
  • Complete a 10K Run
  • Complete the entire MS 150 (if the weather will ever permit)
  • Learn to swim
  • Fill up a sketch book

By the age of 30:

  • Complete a Marathon
  • Complete a Triathlon
  • Participate in a Disney Run challenge event
  • Start my own business
  • Pay off my student loans

And most importantly, be happier with myself.

So here it is: New year, new me, and a new blog – please keep me accountable. 


~ gwinger