Author: Kat Skinner

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Autumn Leaf Practice Painting

Autumn Leaf

I'm regularly taking online painting courses and classes; there is never a time when you don't learn something new or can get some wonderful inspiration from someone. This leaf was the product of the first lesson taught by Heidi Willis in her Udemy class "Paint Realistic Watercolor and Botanicals - Chasing Autumn"....

Final Queen Victoria Succulent

Queen Victoria Agave Succulent

Another succulent. What can I say? They seem to capture my attention. When I first selected these images, I knew that they were going to be a bit more complex than my first succulent painting, but I clearly didn't anticipate just how much more complex....

Sketch of Rose In Ink

Sketch of a Rose In Ink

Not all my artwork is in watercolours; often the process of creating a piece involves not only the sketch, but studies of reference materials. I used to be a big advocate for pen and ink drawings. It's a great medium to create art in as it can involve a very low set-up cost, and it can easily be done at any time or place....

Intricate Details on the Aloe Polypylla Succulent

Making of Aloe Polyphylla Succulent

The third painting in my succulent series is of a Aloe Polyphylla. Similar to my first Succulent painting, this reference photo spoke to me; I adored the warm shadows and the geometric patterns. I would also like to give credit to where credit is due. I found this awesome photo uploaded by Stephen Boisvert on Flickr. The photo is shared with a commercial copyright, though Stephen has requested attribution – I hope you like the painting I made from your photo! Thanks for sharing it. The Tracing Like most of my artworks, the first step is to make a solid drawing to paint from. I start...

Unprepped vs Prepped Ceramic Plate for Watercolor

Preparing Your Ceramic Plate For Watercolor Paint

A lot of artists suggest using ceramic plates (or specially designed palettes) as your watercolor pallet. This is a great idea since ceramic: Doesn't stain, which is common with the cheap but popular plastic palettes. Doesn't bead; it spreads evenly across the surface so you know exactly what your paint color looks like. What many artists forget to mention is that store bought ceramic plates may bead when you first buy them! In the picture below you can see how paint reacts on a brand new plate (I purchased mine from Muji) and on a plate ready for watercolor paint. I've used two paint...