When I helped manage/promote arts programs for senior citizens, there was a sweet little lady I worked with named Thelma. Thelma is a senior herself who has God given talent as a watercolor painter. Her work features nature landscapes and I’ve seen people watch her work for hours in complete amazement of her method. She shares her work in displays around her town and by educating others. I tried one of her classes, it looked like I took a piece of paper and spilled color water all over it.
Oh, and on a tangent.. I’m also just as bad at woodcarving. Yes, woodcarvers were another class I worked with and they even let me try carving a wooden duck! While they were so kind, I basically now have a square looking duck. This makes me think of this oh so helpful quote:
“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”
This is important to keep in mind when you aren’t doing well at something! You can either work hard to get better at it, or put your energy to what talents you feel you are really blessed with. What’s important is the passion to learn or do what it is you’re working on.
So back to watercolors. If you like drawing, but aren’t good at painting, try watercolor pencils!
I made my drawings by first drawing in regular pencil, then drawing on that with the watercolor pencil, and then using a small paintbrush with a little water to create a painted look. It’s very different and makes my illustrations softer looking.
I’ve seen some beautiful works of art that are embellished with sequins, glitter and much more! You can even embroider on paper, if you’re into that! Watercolor pencils and paper are a cheap art to try, enjoy!