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Tiny Watercolours

Every time I visit the doctor I am asked how much time I have spent painting. Not because my doctor has a specific interest in my artwork but because it is a good way of telling how tired I have been in a specific month. The last two months have been particularly difficult and as a result of this I pretty much lost all desire to do any artwork.

Over the last two weeks I have been working on a series of small watercolour paintings as a way to get those creative juices flowing again. It turns out this has been brilliant as not only am I learning more about watercolours, these things are good to work on while watching Netflix. And I save money on watercolour paper. That shit is expensive.


landscape watercolour painting

building watercolour painting

lighthouse watercolour painting

landscape watercolour painting

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92 responses to “Tiny Watercolours”

  1. Very nice watercolor paintings. Not too long ago, I considered buying a small set of watercolors, but then I figured I’d have to get that “paint-by-number” book to go along with them. I admire anyone who can create art work ’cause I sure can’t.


    • You shouldn’t not do something just because you think you will be bad at it. You never know until you try. I still have no idea what I’m doing with all this painting stuff. No matter how good or bad your art is you’re still probably going to think its not very good or there is something that could make it better. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t even try. Give it a go, you might surprise yourself.


  2. Hello. Thanks for dropping by and liking my post on my blog.
    I love your watercolours …they have a very special quality to them, particularly the lighthouse and the snow scene.
    I also paint and find it helps to calm the mind, doesn’t it?
    I hope that you start to feel better soon and keep going with your lovely paintings.
    Have you considered offering them for sale? It’s something to think about.
    I look forward to following your blog and seeing what you’re getting up to.
    Have a great weekend.
    Dorne x


  3. Beautiful! I love watercolors–painting them and viewing them. Thanks for sharing. Hope you have the energy to desire to continue creating! (And you’re right; the smaller format has advantages.)


  4. I like your style. I particularly like the one with the boat on the lake, and the one of the blue and green buildings. I agree with Sonya, you should create an Etsy shop, or at least put them on Pinterest.


  5. Hello bluchickeninja. I LOVE your artwork and really think you could make money by selling these. Either you could sell them just as they are … or you could mount them into the centre of some blank cards pop the card and it’s envelope into a cello bag, seal it, and sell them as hand painted greetings cards. (But DON’T undervalue them or under-price them. I know all you see are the faults – that’s because your creative and an artist, and that’s what artists do)

    .I would pay a good price for a greetings card like this – and so would a lot of other people. You see … most folks want something great for the money they’re paying out, and to have a small piece of artwork for the price of a greetings card – well that’s brilliant! The greeting card works as the ‘card’ … and then afterwards – it works as a frame piece of artwork hanging on the wall or propped up on a desk/table.

    If you made them to the size of 2.5. 3.5 inches you could sell them on ETSY or EBAY as ACEO’s. (for those who don’t know: ACEO stands for Art Card Originals and Editions. They’re cousins of ATC’s or Art Trading Cards. Both are cards of artwork measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches – but where ACEO’s are normally accepted as work of art to be sold, ATC’s tend to be looked on as works of art which are traded (or given) between other artists, so that they’re shared rather than given or sold).

    Make sure you sign your artwork – and I can’t encourage you enough to see these as a way of earning back the money you’ve paid out for the w.colour paper, the paints and .. your time. Please don’t sell them for peanuts – they’re really fabulous little works of heart and they’re worthy of being sold as art.

    Good luck! ~ Cobs. x


    • Thank you so so much for this advice. I’ve been thinking about setting up an etsy shop for a while now. I’ve just been too busy just now to get everything sorted. Its definitely going to be the first thing I do in the new year.


  6. Lovely mini watercolours – love the Lighthouse, it makes me think of Edward Ardizzone (if you don’t know him he was a great children’s book writer and illustrator of the 20th century).


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I’m Emma. I am a designer, calligrapher, and content creator, sharing my love for paper goods. Expect pens, pencils, and some really fancy paper!


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