A 4K Introduction to Watercolor | “Octopoda” by Sara Rose

Welcome to my FIRST watercolor tutorial, “Octopoda”, by Sara Rose, April 2021. Traveling as I can and watching nature documentaries in between, this little mollusk was inspired by my previous trips to the coastlines of California and oceanographer’s documentaries on the species. It made sense to paint a creature made up of so much water with watercolor and to also paint the entire piece of art in saltwater. Might as well make her feel at home!

Listen to a podcast of this article here: https://anchor.fm/theregoessararose/episodes/Ep–2-A-4K-Introduction-to-Watercolor–Octopoda-e155if7

LOVE “Octopoda” and want to purchase a print? Check out my store here!

Paint along with me in this time-lapsed, instructional video for beginners in my YouTube video below! If you need to grab similar supplies first, check the list below to see what I used for “Octopoda”!

This is my first watercolor of this size and my aim is to improve with each painting. Constructive tips and tricks are most helpful for each artist and part of why we share our work. Please be respectful in the art community, everyone starts somewhere! What would you like to know I might not have covered in the video? What art medium are you currently using or projects you are working on? Share your thoughts in the comments section below and let’s get started!

Watch the 4K Watercolor Intro Tutorial here: https://youtu.be/mkDSuwOHpvk

Paint & Tools Used:

  • QoR Watercolor, Made by Golden Artist, Introductory Set of 12 Colors
  • Royal & Langnickel Jumbo 50 Watercolor Paintbrush
  • One (1) small and old watercolor paintbrushes (misshapen is great!), inexpensive
  • One (1) line “thin” watercolor paintbrush, inexpensive
  • A Corelle plate
  • Three (3) large cups of water- 2 salted, one unsalted (for cleaning)
  • 15″x23″ Fabriano Artistico cold pressed extra white 300 g/m2 watercolor paper
  • 2″ Masking Tape
  • Kosher Salt
  • Table Salt
  • Lint Free Towel

I highly recommend setting aside a space for painting, a drop cloth is an inexpensive purchase compared to attempting to clean or replacing flooring. Let us know how your painting goes!

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