I have generally looked at watercolour painting as something children and professionals do, but nobody in between. Children do it with lousy tools and the results aren’t great, whereas professionals pay a lot of money for amazing tools and can make beautiful pictures.
Turns out you can have some fun even with lousy tools. Whenever I bring out the cheap ikea watercolour paint and worn-out brushes for our children, I’ve made a point of trying to enjoy myself too.
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You don’t get to plan ahead much, and there’s no time to wait for the paper to dry out before you slob more colour on it, so it’s a fun challenge. I try to alternate between two pictures so one at least gets a tiny bit of drying while I work on the other one.
And then there’s time management. The bottom picture I didn’t get to finish because the children got tired of painting and wanted to do something else. That’s life!