Learn to paint watercolours, and you’ll have a hobby for life, which you can turn to, whenever you need to chill out. Do you remember Hannah Gordon who used to present Watercolour Challenge? It was like moving meditation. If you get any good, you could even make a living.
The Joy of Watercolour is a gorgeous book by London artist Emma Block. Find 40 easy lessons to learn to paint watercolours using nontoxic paints. Learn to paint on holiday, paint your pets, layer colours, mix colours, and paint flowers and plants.
Use Kaia Natural Watercolour Paints (shipped from The Netherlands, these beautiful paints are all vegan, biodegradable and packed in cardboard pots). Kara suggests using them with with 300gram plus of watercolour paper. Find sustainable brands at Strathmore or Fabriano Artistico (recycled paper) or Hemp watercolour paper.
Dana’s Wonder Forest Watercolour Brush Set. Designed to last years (so worth the ship from Canada), these brushes have quality synthetic tips pointed to razor precision for the finest detail. Sold in a set of 6 with premium slim comfortable wooden handles, Dana also sells a Wash Brush. The protective plastic cover can be recycled in supermarket bag bins.
An Artist’s Year in Paint and Pen is a mindful artistic journal, where Anna celebrates changing of the seasons, blossoming of flowers and ripening of fruit. Sourcing inspiration from fields and forests, one admirer is Observer magazine’s Allan Jenkins: ‘whether she is drawing wasps feasting on apples fallen in the orchard or trying to capture the cerulean blue of a winter sky’.