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  • Caroline

Hello there! I'm back after a long break. Moving, pandemics, and LOTS of custom paintings have kept me away. (Side note: living in the country is so peaceful.) Not that I'm complaining--life has simultaneously slowed down and sped up and I'm trying to take it in stride!


Now on to the fun part: oil painting.


I finally got the courage to try this intimidating medium (round two!). I've always wondered why I never got to try it out in school--sure we used oil pastels but those can't compare! It's like saying watercolor pencils are the same thing as watercolor paint.


My only thought on the lack of oil painting in school--strong chemicals. Turpentine and oil paint smell bad. I've been using them out-of-doors and good thing! It wouldn't be a good idea to fill my room with that odor.


Last time I used oil paint was almost THREE years ago. Here was the result:

I struggled with this tiny thing! Also, why didn't I paint a color as the background? Well, I didn't know what paint thinner was, apparently. Or patience for that matter--there are now some smears on the painting that were NOT intentional. I do like the texture of this though!


I'm a big fan of Janet Hill's oil paintings. She's my #1 inspiration because she combines illustration & oil paint so well and it's not fussy at all. I'm thinking I might have to order a print from her Etsy shop.


More inspiration:

My view is amazing! I sat in this li'l gazebo at my house and listened to the pouring rain and it was such an idyllic moment.

Also here are the strawberry plants growing out back--they look so healthy & I can't wait to eat the fresh berries.


This blog post is going down a gardening tangent--something else I'm super excited about. I'll have to share more later on the projects I've got going on :)


Hope you're hanging in there! I've been trying to avoid the news and spend time outside each day. It helps my mental health quite a bit.


Take care!

Caroline

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Hello there!


I thought it might be helpful & interesting to you art folks to know what kind of art supplies I use. Over the years I've tried quite a few brands of art supplies and these are the ones I'm currently loving. Most of the links here are to my Amazon recommendation list.


Watercolor

St. Petersburg White Nights Watercolor

I debated for a whole YEAR before purchasing this paint set. When I seen how rich the watercolors were I was impressed. They also have 36 colors in this set and it comes with a swatch card--this is something I really appreciated! The quality and amount of paint you get is phenomenal for the price.


Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor Set

I used this set for three years before upgrading to the SPWN set. They are good to start out with, especially if you're wanting pans of paint instead of tubes (personal preference--I like pans since there is less set-up/clean up). I remember feeling so professional when I bought the set; before I'd been using tube paint (probably Reeves) and it was an upgrade :) The pigments aren't quite as rich as the SPWN but they're a good starting place.


Gouache

Winsor & Newton Gouache

Gouache (pronounced "gwash) is a medium that combines the best of watercolor and acrylic (in my opinion!). It can be used like watercolor to layer light to dark and can also be re-moistened. I love that it can also be used like acrylic to add lighter details to dark backgrounds. The W&N variety is so creamy and smooth--I'd recommend any artist to give it a try! I've also tried the Holbein brand, which is good.


Watercolor Paper

Hot Press Watercolor Paper

I didn't know hot press paper existed until learning about it from Inslee Fariss or Katie Rodgers (Paper Fashion). The SMOOTH paper is amazing for illustrators. Since I scan and edit a lot of my paintings with Photoshop I like getting a clean scan without any texture. Regular watercolor paper, which has visible grooves, can't achieve that effect as well as hot press paper. I use Fabriano Hot Press Paper, which is a decent quality. It isn't 100% cotton, so that may affect the way it behaves, but the price on Amazon is too good to pass up. If you're wanting top-of-the-line hot press paper, Arches is the way to go.


Cold Press Watercolor Paper

I'm not picky about cold press paper since it's not something I use regularly. Canson watercolor pads work well and are available at most Walmart stores for a fair price.


Paint Brushes

I've heard other artists say "invest in high quality paint before brushes", which I 100% agree with. I've used student-quality brushes for a long time and still enjoy them. Expensive brushes can be worrisome if you forget to clean them regularly--which is something I'm guilty of :) I'm currently using brushes from the Master's Touch brand at Hobby Lobby.


If you do a lot of painting on the go, do yourself a favor and purchase some Pentel Aquash Brushes.


Pencils

I use traditional & mechanical pencils for sketching. Mechanical pencils (PaperMate and Pentel) are great for small details and precise work (and no sharpening!). I like traditional pencils with a softer lead (4B-6B) for loose sketching. Basically any store sells pencils. Don't be picky; just start sketching, please :)


Pens

Micron pens by Sakura are my personal favorite. They are bleed-resistant and are great for drawing tiny details. I've found they are available in most craft stores, which is helpful if your ink runs out (which it will if you use these daily!).


Erasers

Kneaded rubber erasers are great for erasing small areas since you can mold it into a different shape. ArtGum erasers work well for erasing big areas; they're heavy duty and can remove dark marks as well.


Misc Supplies

Blotting towels

Nothing fancy here! I use old dish towels for blotting my brushes and cleaning up spills (oops!). Bonus: paint stains on the towels make cool designs.


Water Cup

I love these two cups I got from Target in the dollar section--cute polka dots! They look a bit sad now but they work just fine :) Make sure to try keep a "dirty" and "clean" cup--you won't have to change your water so often.


Mister

Wetting your watercolor paints before you begin painting helps save your brushes from wear & tear. I'm using an old face mist bottle from TJ Maxx.


Syringe

Same concept as the mister--pre-wets your paint and keeps your palette damp.


Brush Cleaner

"The Masters" brush cleaner is wonderful for cleaning brushes that are paint filled & stained. This li'l jar has lasted me for three plus years!


Magic eraser


This is the most random item on the list! If you make a mistake (like a BIG mistake) and you're at your wits end, try using a magic eraser on that area before tossing the painting out! Simply dampen the magic eraser and use it to blot away paint layers. It will take away some of the paint and give you a second chance--thanks random YouTube video I found when I was desperate for a solution :)


Hope this helps anyone who is feeling a bit lost and overwhelmed with the many art products out there! Let me know of your recommendations in the comments :)




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Hello—welcome to The (new) Peacherie Blog! I've refreshed things, you'll notice. It feels good.


I’ve been wanting to re-brand and start blogging with some sort of purpose. Now is a good time as any!


It’s always been a struggle for me to find topics to write about—even though I’ve been doing so for almost four years! (See all my oooold blog posts here.)



My “blogging” journey has been quite sporadic and messy, and part of that reason is I haven’t felt super passionate about just sharing paintings I’ve done. I had no focus. Posting illustrations on my website is nice to see, but I’ve always thought it seemed flat. It's also not very helpful to others (I think) to only see the finished product.


The process and in-between moments are so interesting! Like here:

My messy workspace in my bedroom. Not a staged photo.

Side note: I've since gotten rid of my flat file...kind of sad but also a relief in some ways. It was too permanent of a piece of furniture for my not-so-permanent living situation, hah!


Reading other illustrators’ blogs is a pastime I LOVE, so trying to give that back, in a way, sounds nice. Seventeen-year-old me would love a place crammed with illustrator tidbits & insider knowledge—even just where to find art supplies! I was so often crippled with the many different choices that I couldn’t even start out! It’s one thing to see other artists’ work and another to know how they created such inspiring paintings (not tooting my own horn—but I’ve felt this way towards countless illustrators!). I want this blog to be a place where other creative-minded ladies can read and learn about illustration & design.


Don't worry, I'll probably still share stale blog posts with illustrations I've done that have absolutely no "art tips". What can I say, I'm nothing if not a scatter-brain! 😊


I've also thought about my brand name--The Peacherie--and what it evokes. There's a meaning behind it, don't you know? It was created to further me in the direction of warmth, fuzziness (not the hairy variety--I'm talking about those happy feelings one gets sometimes), and growth (with a small French flair--hence the ie spelling).


It's nice to remember that--especially the "growth" part. Even though we're taking baby steps, we're going somewhere!


Cheers!





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