Watercolour Portrait Timelapse (2 Colour Challenge!)

I came across an interesting photo on Pinterest the other day so decided to paint it! I was running low on paint, so I stuck with my tubes of primary colours, using only blue and red (and a tiny bit of black and white). Sometimes using a limited colour palette helps because you don’t spend as much time mixing and blending, and can jump right in with the painting. Also, I don’t normally work in larger scale, so this was good practice. I used Arches cold pressed watercolour paper for this piece, and for the paint I used Opus essentials watercolours.

Here’s what I used for reference:

Here’s the final result:


Watercolour Sketchbook Tour

Last month I filled a full watercolour sketchbook! The sketchbook I used is the Pentalic Aqua Journal.

(can be found here:

I bought mine at Opus last May, but they don’t carry it anymore so I ordered another one off amazon and can’t wait to paint in my new sketchbook this Summer. The portable size makes it easy to bring along with you wherever you go, and most of the pages in here were sketches/quick paintings that I did outside in the park or at the beach. It would also make a great travel journal! Regardless if you like to paint outside or not, the smaller size and landscape format makes it more approachable than some of the bigger sketchbooks out there, and would recommend it to beginners and advanced artists alike.

Most of my paintings were done in plein air. Here are some sketchbook pages from last Summer: