24. Make a Watercolor Painting

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Since I have made my 101 in 1001 list (if you aren't familiar with it, check it out!) the thing that has surprised me the post is what a collaborative project my list of goals has become. So many different friends have volunteered to help with different things. I was blown away when I got a sweet note in the mail from Mandy, of Mandy Cave Watercolor.  Mandy wanted to help me cross something off my list, and teach me some watercolor basics so I could paint something. YAY! I was blown away. For those of you not familiar with Mandy's work, go check it out. You'll fall in love. Also, you may or may not see some of her work pop up on here sometime in the new year for a little surprise of some sort. ;)

We met on a rainy afternoon that was perfect for good company. Here's the deal, y'all. Watercolor painting is no joke. I have always loved Mandy's work, but after realizing how hard it was to start trying to communicate what was in my mind onto paper, I love and respect her work in a totally different way. As Mandy started to teach me basic techniques, I realized how intense an art degree is. I also realized that, since college, I miss learning things. I miss learning things that are interesting and helpful and fun. I've tucked that thought away for days to come, but I enjoyed being sharpened by the process of not knowing what I was doing, and learning baby steps.

After learning some basics, we decided to try something simple. Mandy knew that I love Rifle Paper Company, and since this little baby was just going to be sitting in my house, we decided it was okay to use this as our inspiration.

After lots of lessons and help mixing colors, we ended up with this..

YAY! I felt so accomplished. I know that sounds silly, but I really did! I created something that vaguely looked like what it was supposed to! Thank you, Mandy!

Does anyone else have any art experience as of late? Who else wants to help me cross something off my list? :)


  1. Looks good :) What an awesome way to learn.

    P.s. I just bought the CS Lewis picture too! I just need a frame

  2. So neat! I would love to learn how to do water coloring. You will just have to post a little "how to" blog ;)

  3. Yay, yay yay!! I had so much fun painting with you Victoria. You are such a joy :) I loved reading this whole thing. You are such a thoughtful gal. It was really encouraging to watch you learn and to get to share what I know with you. Thanks for posting this friend.

  4. I absolutely LOVE it!! So cute!! You're such a pro!! :)
    I love that you're keeping to your goals and even reaching them!!
    Love you, friend! :)

  5. Forgive me, but I just spent a few minutes reading through some of your old blog posts. I love seeing your young marriage come to life! Great job on your 101 in 1001 project. I know it is hard work and takes dedication as I just completed mine. Keep up the great work!

  6. These paintings are amazing ! And I love your wedding ring by the way ;)


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