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Are you all tired of hearing me talk about DeviantArt's Holiday Card Project yet? If so... well... too bad. I'm about to talk about it some more. But first, seriously, how many of you guys are participating in this project? I know time is running out, but I'd like to see more people participating here. Just let me know in the comments section of this journal.

So yesterday was a good day for me. It was one of the few days my boyfriend and I are both off work. We slept in late, messed around on our computers for a bit, had some steak for lunch, relaxed in the hot tub, cuddled and had a nap, ordered pizza... it was great. Then we gathered around the fireplace, enjoying each other’s company, while I worked on watercolor paintings and my boyfriend read the news. Occasionally, my boyfriend would comment on my paintings, telling me what I should do. He doesn't paint, himself, but he does have a good eye and I always appreciate his input as he is often right.

So my holiday cards are all watercolor paintings. I've completed three and still need to work on a fourth. The first is some poinsettia, and the other two cards are kittens playing with ornaments. My forth card, which is still not quite done, is a painting of my dog in Santa's lap (my boyfriend has advised me that our golden retriever looks too yellow in my painting and needs more brown. He's right.)

I have not used watercolors in a very long time, and I was not all that great with them to start with. But I am really enjoying myself and I think I'm getting the hang of it. I wouldn’t say that my paintings are masterpieces. They’re definitely flawed. But considering that this is only the second time I’ve ever really worked with watercolor paint and it’s been a long time since the first, I think I’m doing rather well.

My boyfriend seems to like my work. She says that I should have gone with watercolors instead of oils in high school. I'm not entirely sure that I agree with that, but I do wish that I'd used watercolors more. Perhaps I had a bias against them because I was used to crappy school watercolors (the dollar-store cake kinds that aren't even as good as student quality.) The watercolors I have now are much better. Now I just need higher quality paper that won't curl so much. Any watercolor painters here have advice?

I hope to finish that fourth card and upload scans of all of them today. Once that's done, my plan is to finish the next page of ME:HAS, then do one of the requests I have in my queue.
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Busy busy busy I see
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Exar-Kun-IV Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Cant wait to see them.

Glad that you have someone to support you on your art. it does make things easier when you are working on it.

Sorry no advice. drawing, painting anything like that. i'm just not good at....
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JulianneKnight Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
My boyfriend is always supportive. I'm very lucky.
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KupiecKorzenny Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Great, I can't wait to see the effects! :)
I hoped I would be able to participate, but now... not only am I busy, but also it takes quite a lot of time to send a letter to USA (safe time reserve is around 3 weeks).

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JulianneKnight Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah, it's a shame. Still you could make cards for people nearer to you.
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TrollGirl Dec 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Glad you're getting into watercolors :D
What paper are you using now?
I'd recommend Canson hot press if you can get it, it's good and not pricey as far as watercolor papers go.
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JulianneKnight Dec 4, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Uh, I've got some kind of cold press, I think. Not sure what brand. I'd have to look at it when I get home.
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