Messing around


testing watercolours
Over the last few days I have been in a creative process that has taken up  a lot of my time. It has taken priority over chores such as washing up, tidying up, laundry, etc. My kitchen, living room and bedroom are a bit a mess, but you have to break eggs if you want to make an omelette. I will catch up on the chores tomorrow.
I just got a fun commission from the town hall, they are organising a summer festival, and, at the last minute they asked me if I could do some nice small illustrations for this festival.
I am using this as an opportunity to test some watercolours that I got from Jane Davenport watercolours called “Nicholson´s Peerless Transparent Water Colours”

testing watercolours

They are made by soaking clear, brilliant, concentrated pigments into card swatches and each swatch is hand-made! These water colours are so vibrant and yet transparent. They are pigment-rich and flow easily. And today they were perfect for painting my flower.

testing watercolours


They came in a nice little sachets, each containing 60 swatches ( each about 4 by 6 cm  = 1.5″ by 2″). This must be the lightest watercolour “box” you can get.

To make them easy to use, I cut about 1/4 of each swatch and glued them onto a sheet of cardboard. Then I added a brushstroke of each water colour above the swatch so I can see what colour it produces. You can see the result in the photos above.


I really like them because they combine transparency with vibrant colours and I really like the fact that it is just small rich pigments on little cards, that you can put inside your sketch book and bring absolutely every where. The only down side for me is is that I can’t order them from a local source and found the shipping a bit pricey. But you may be able to find a source near to you.




18 thoughts on “Messing around

      1. No worriess… It was my first nomination myself I am still new here as you. I nominate you because you deserve it because I really love your work… 🙂


  1. Lovely to meet you – I’m wow’d by your work. It’s just awesome. Thank you for stopping by my blog and now following. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!!


  2. Lovely flower painting – so delicate! Love the watercolour portrait too. Great idea for the watercolour paints – easy to carry around. 😊. Thanks for the follow Magny. It’s much appreciated. I am following your lovely blog now too. Have a happy day. 😊


  3. An interesting watercolor set- never came across card swatches like that. I absolutely adore the flower painting though- the color is gorgeous!

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