One of my greatest joys as a mother has been observing what captures my kids’ imaginations. My oldest son loves stories of ancient heroes; one of my girls is fascinated by fairy tales; and her sister is inspired by the things she can create with her hands. It is something different for each of my five children, and that has helped me realize what captures my imagination: color.
Color is the inspiration of my life. It is the thread that runs through everything I love and, perhaps, what I enjoy most about watercolor painting. Not only can color elicit emotion, it is also an exploration that will never disappoint, as there is always more to discover!
What do you need to explore color? All it takes is a willingness to play and experiment and an awareness of colors. Through the guided projects featured in this book, together we will explore ways of using and experimenting with color in watercolor painting.
Watercolor is a forgiving and spontaneous medium—one that doesn’t let you take yourself too seriously—and it’s super fun to play with! If you want to get comfortable with this medium and enjoy it to the fullest, commit some time to practicing and painting as much as you can. It really is true that there’s no substitute for repetition.
The projects in this book are designed to suggest ways for you to experiment with watercolor, so you get the practice you need and can become equipped with a variety of methods and ways of thinking about watercolor. This will allow you to design your own unique painting experiences based on what inspires you.