I was at Made In Camberwell Arts market last Saturday with a stall full of my products, including new collections and recipe cards!
Can you spot my new collections in the photo above? I painted a collection of big cats, which I was pleased about and had them printed on cards and prints. There was also a smaller collection of lollies that was nostalgic as you may recognise them from the ice cream vans you run up to every summer! As I thought that my Big Cats collection would be a biggest hit, I produced more cards and prints of it than anything else but on the day, my lolly cards turned out a massive success and I was kicking myself for not producing more cards or prints of them. I wasn’t too disappointed because Big Cats collection did sell quite well at the end but just not as well. I am constantly learning and it is damn exciting!
I am really happy with how my stall looked – due to my new card display racks, my products was presented much better than my Christmas stall last year but there were still rooms for improvement. I like that I included my houseplants to liven up my space!
Thanks to everyone who sent me words of encouragement, stopped by and bought my art products! I’d also like to thank Aneurin, my mum and her boyfriend for helping me out on the day and Camberwell Arts Festival staff for making me feel welcome.
I am photographing my new collections this week and they will be up on my shop very soon – keep your eyes open for their launch!
A couple of months ago I entered a competition for the chance to test drive Citroën C4 Cactus for the weekend and a few weeks ago I unexpectedly received an email from them saying that I’d won! There was only one weekend date available and before I know it, I was driving Aneurin and myself to New Forest.
Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Watercolour Painting Plus contains 16 half pans, 3 watercolour tubes and there is an extra space for 3 more watercolour tubes if you wish to buy more and put them in. Like most of watercolour sets, it has a space for the paintbrush.
It is great size wise and also sturdy all around so I never need to be worried when I went out travelling with it in my bag. From the start, it was quite hard to open, which I got used to it later on but in some mornings, I struggled a bit. It is better that it is so secure though!
It is also very nice to paint with, you can go as saturated or as translucent as you want, however the few green pans (especially Sap Green, which its colour is actually pretty) are not as forgiving to use – for some reasons, they don’t seem to get saturated that easily. You will need to be patient and keep brushing the colour out with water.
I have been using Cotman’s about a year after upgrading from my old Reeves watercolour tin. Reeves is a great watercolour set for anyone wanting to get started with watercolour, it is very cheap and I still use it once in the while, although some of pans are run out. The colours you get from Reeves are lovely and saturated but can be beautifully translucent if you use enough water to dilute them.
Another great thing about this Cotman watercolour set is that their pans are replaceable whenever they run out and you can buy an individual half pan from pretty anywhere online or most of the art shops like Cowling & Wilcox, Hobby Craft, Cass Art etc. Removing the pans can be tricky, you might need a blunt scissor or the end of the paintbrush to get it out. And be careful!
Are you a watercolour painter too?