Color my Page #3: Daniel Smith watercolors – the Caroline edition

Daniel Smith watercolors…would they be as great as they are made out to be? I tried the dot color sampler, as you can see in my demo videos of it. And I was impressed. Only, some viewers said: Hey, Mandy, some of that paint is much more easily lifted from the tube and is much more vibrant from the tube! So I got curious…

…and then Caroline generously sent me set of seven vials of this wonderful Daniel Smith watercolors to play with. I let you decide which three colors to use and here is what I made!

Color mixing chart

First I did a color mixing chart of the three colors I was given through the poll. This is a wonderful tool to see what colors can be made by mixing or expected when used wet in wet.

The colors that came from these three colors were wonderful and very warm. Moonglow proved to be a color that altered the warm red and yellow so well, creating a range from purple to bronze to orange to yellow.

The Painting

Then it was time to sit down for the painting. I had no idea what to paint. Sometimes I have a fixed idea in my head due to previous ideas I had. Sometimes it’s a dream that conjurs up an image that sticks in my head all day, waiting to be painted. Sometimes it’s the folds in a towel that ended up in the corner of our bathroom that transformed into a character in my gaze. Sometimes it’s a feeling I have that is very strong and that asks for a character to let it out. Today there was none of the above.

So I started with a watercolor stain, which I trust to bring me a character to paint…and indeed, it did!

La Vieille Dame painting in Daniel Smith watercolors by mandy van goeije

Demo / review Video

Color My Page Challenges and Online Watercolor Workshops ahead!

I’d love to know what you’d like to see me demo and/or review next. I can’t promise I can fulfill every request, but I have a lot of art supplies here and I might just be able to make you happy! Let me know in the Color My Page facebook group!

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Color my Page #2: QoR watercolors demo and review

Ahhhh…finally I’ve been able to sit down and film the Color My Page demo and review of QoR watercolor paints! You chose colors that offered a bit of a challenge, but the paint was so fine it worked out nicely! Check out the photos and video below!
QoR watercolor by Golden art journal page by mandy van goeije

What is the Color my Page Challenge?

The Color My Page challenge is a challengeing way for me to demo and review art supplies. The way it works, is that I pick a type and brand of art supply and give you a color chart. Then you can vote for your favorite colors. The top three of your favorites will be used in the demo and review video! This week you voted for QoR Cobalt Teal, Transparent Pyrrole Orange and Quinacridone Magenta.

In return you can also take the challenge! If you like, you can join me in the challenge by using the same colors – or colors that are close – in an art journal page. Our work can be posted in the facebook group, which you can find here.

QoR watercolor art journal page by Mandy van Goeije

How did I like QoR?

In one sentence: QoR watercolor paint is fantastic! I love it! I’m not getting paid by Golden to say this. My experience with this paint is just great! Check out the video why.

This paint falls in the same quality range as Daniel Smith, Rembrandt, Winsor & Newton Artist’s, Sennelier fine watercolor and Schmincke Horadam. So far I’ve had no luck acquaring Holbein and M Graham yet, so I can’t compare this paint to those brands yet. QoR comes closest to the Sennelier watercolor in vibrancy and transparency and how well it layers.

QoR watercolor art journal page by Mandy van Goeije

QoR Demo and Review

In the video below I demonstrate how I painted my art journal page with the QoR watercolor paint and I also share my experiences with you. If you are only interested in the review, you can skip to 7:45 for the QoR review.

QoR watercolor art journal page by Mandy van Goeije

Color My Page Challenges and Online Watercolor Workshops ahead!

Do you want to vote for Color My Page #3 Daniel Smith watercolors? Visit this blogpost of mine before 5 November and let me know which colors you want to see me demonstrate and review!

Want to be kept up-to-date about every Color My Page challenge and perhaps even join yourself? Sign up for the closed Facebook page here.

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FAQ about my watercolor paint reviews on YouTube

frequently asked questions

With a growing YouTube audience, I get asked certain questions A LOT! Thus far I’ve been trying to answer everybody individually, but it’s becoming a rather time-consuming job, so I figured it would be a good idea to answer the most frequently asked questions in FAQ vlogs. I filmed the first three today. You can find them below.

FAQ #1: Can you review this or that paint for me?

I get a lot of requests for paint reviews. There are so many gorgeous paint brands out there and yet I cannot review them all – much to my regret. Here is why…

FAQ #2: Why don’t you do details on pigments?

I sometimes get questions or complaints about not discussing watercolorpigments and chemical specifics in my paint reviews. I choose not to do that. And here is the reason why…

FAQ #3: Which paint should I buy?

Undoubtedly THE most asked question on my channel and in my mailbox…”Mandy, what paint do you think I should buy?” There is no straight and easy answer to this question. In this video I explain why not and  hope to give some information that is helpful to you in choosing your watercolor paint…

Watercolor workshops ahead!

I’m currently filming a new watercolor workshop that will appear this fall. It was the drying time of a project that I used to film these first three FAQ vlogs in! If you’re interested in my next course and want to be among the firs to find out about the launch and the early bird sale, then sign up for my newsletter here.

If you’re intersted in a lot of artistic variety in online workshops, you might like to know I’m teaching a watercolor workshop (and a really, really great bonus!!!! ssssshhhhttt….) in the year-long art journaling course Life Book 2017. You can find more about it behind the link!

Color-my-page Art Journal Challenge #3, the Daniel Smith watercolor Caroline Edition

A few weeks ago I received a message from Caroline, offering to send me some Daniel Smith paint for reviewing and making a video. She had seven vials for me to fill up. I was over the moon! Testing paint from a dot sampler was a wonderful way of creating a gorgeous real color chart. But some of the paints were hard to pick up and I got so many people saying the paint looked more vibrant and deep from the tubes that it did get me curious to try…
Caroline's parcel, bringing me Daniel Smith paints

Caroline’s parcel with Daniel Smith watercolor paints

A week and a half ago Caroline’s lovely package arrived…she’d filled up seven vials with lots and lots of gorgeous paint and had even added a full tube and half a watercolor stick to try…and then I’m not even mentioning the wonderful waterproof drawing inks…couldn’t wait to try the paint in a Color-My-Page Art Journal Challenge?

Vote for the Art Journal Challenge

With these lovelies in hands I felt it’s time for another Color-My-Page challenge, don’t you? Below you will find the poll with the colors in Caroline’s collection. You can vote for 5 and the top three will be used in a live painting and review video on YouTube. (And yes, I know…the #2 Qor challenge video has yet to be made…I will do two one after another 🙂 The insetting slumber of fall grabbed me and drew me into a cocoon in the pauses between the fall-break-company and demands of my kids and hubs)

Daniel Smith watercolor mixing color chart

Below you will find a color-mixing chart that I made of the nine colors Caronline sent me. You can take the lovely mixing colors in mind for your vote!

Daniel Smith color chart by Mandy van Goeije

Vote for your favorite colors!

You can vote for the colors right below until 5 November. But make sure to visit the Color-My-Page facebook group to join the challenge!

Which Daniel Smith watercolors would you like to see me use in my next Art Journaling and review video? You can pick 5. The top 3 will be used!
  • Moonglow 17%, 28 votes
    28 votes 17%
    28 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Coral 16%, 26 votes
    26 votes 16%
    26 votes - 16% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Gold 16%, 26 votes
    26 votes 16%
    26 votes - 16% of all votes
  • Indanthrone 10%, 16 votes
    16 votes 10%
    16 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Serpentine Genuine 10%, 16 votes
    16 votes 10%
    16 votes - 10% of all votes
  • Anthraquinoid Red 9%, 15 votes
    15 votes 9%
    15 votes - 9% of all votes
  • Phtalo Blue Green Shade 9%, 14 votes
    14 votes 9%
    14 votes - 9% of all votes
  • Indian Yellow 8%, 13 votes
    13 votes 8%
    13 votes - 8% of all votes
  • Hooker's Green 6%, 9 votes
    9 votes 6%
    9 votes - 6% of all votes
Total Votes: 163
Voters: 39
October 30, 2016 - November 5, 2016
Voting is closed
© Kama

More Daniel Smith watercolor paint videos by my hand

A little while ago, I did four Daniel Smith videos after I’d received a Daniel Smith dot sampler color chart to review. You can find the Yellows and Reds here, the  Blues and Greens here, the Browns and earth tones here and the Blacks, whites and effect paints here.

Watercolor Workshops ahead!

This fall I will launch a lovely watercolor workshop. So keep an eye on my blog or sign up for my newsletter so you’re sure not to miss out on the opening sale! Or check out Life Book 2017 for which I’m doing a watercolor workshop!

Color My Page #2: Qor Watercolor…which colors do you want me to paint in?

Color my page!!!
How would YOU like to choose MY colors for a painting or art journal page and see in a video what I do with them?

Yesterday I filmed the Mijello Mission Gold watercolor demo after you voted the three colors I was going to paint in…(see my painting of The Snow Queen here.) And now I’m ready for challenge #2!

I recently bough a small Qor watercolor set of 6 colors and they are fabulous! Below you find a color-mixing chart that I made this morning. Take a special, close look at the colors mixed with the cobalt teal. Aren’t these effects wonderful?

Limitation is inspiring!

It’s like many artists and writers say: working within limitations fuels the inspiration. So let’s see what it does for us in Color my Page, eh?

Will you take the challenge?

Below you will find a poll in which you can choose 3 colors that you’d like to see me working with. You can choose the most beautiful combination or the ugliest…whatever you like to throw at me I’ll take. The top-3 winners I will use exclusively in the making of a painting or an art journal page, of which I will make a speed paint video of for you to see.

Facebook group

For those who really like this challenge, there is a facebook group you can join to share your work! You can visit it right here.

Which Qor watercolors do you want me to paint a demo in? You vote on 3. I'll take the 3 winners!
  • Cobalt Teal 24%, 24 votes
    24 votes 24%
    24 votes - 24% of all votes
  • Transparent Pyrrole Orange 23%, 23 votes
    23 votes 23%
    23 votes - 23% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Magenta 17%, 17 votes
    17 votes 17%
    17 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Quinacridone Gold 17%, 17 votes
    17 votes 17%
    17 votes - 17% of all votes
  • Green Gold 11%, 11 votes
    11 votes 11%
    11 votes - 11% of all votes
  • Dioxazine Purple 9%, 9 votes
    9 votes 9%
    9 votes - 9% of all votes
Total Votes: 101
Voters: 37
October 13, 2016 - October 17, 2016
Voting is closed
© Kama

Color My Page #1: “The Snow Queen” painted with Mijello Mission Gold Watercolor

The Snow Queen watercolor painting by Mandy van Goeije

The Winning Colors of the Challenge

You have voted in the Color my Page challenge poll and that resulted in the following three winning Mijello Mission Gold watercolor colors:
1. Peacock blue
2. Red Violet
3. Viridian

The Watercolor paint demo

I loved to be challenged by your choice of colors, especially because Viridian is not a color I use a lot or at all. It was fabulous to discover this color as you can see in my video below:

A New Challenge Awaits (You)!

I really enjoyed this Color my Page Challenge. I hope you enjoyed my video and now have itching fingers to get started with these colors yourself! I invite you to make your own art (journal pages) in these colors, upload them and post a link to it in the comment section below!

I will be issueing a new challenge really soon….watercolor brand name starting with…a Q!!! Make sure you’re here to vote!

If you like this intuitive way of painting, I’d like to notify you of the online painting workshop Mixed Media Character Faces by me. You can sign up any time and do it at your own pace.

Art Journal Page: La Feuille Verte (incl. process photos)

Bluh. Fall hasn’t settled yet and I’m already down with some obnoxious virus. But only half down, so I decided no work, just play on an art journal page today! Creatamins are incredibly good for your health, you know 😉

I did a random painting trying out my Kuretake Gansak Tambi watercolor set. Which was very interesting. To say the least. Here’s what I made (process photos below):

"La Feuille Verte " art journal page by Mandy van Goeije depicting a girl under a starry sky with two faces and an open mouth because she has a bad cold

As I said I painted this art journal page mostly in Kuretake Gansak Tambi watercolor paints. I did a first-impression video review of the paint a little while ago in which it was immediately clear that this paint does NOT resemble watercolors as I know them. That doesn’t mean to say I don’t like the paint. It’s just different… For me, it falls in the same category as the St. Petersburg White Nights paint, which also behaves differently. Here’s the first-impression video I made:

Since I caught a nasty virus I felt ‘different’ enough today to try this ‘different’ paint by Kuretake. Knowing the paint doesn’t flow and mix in the same way as I’m used to from most brand I have, what I do when working with this paint is that I start random. I did a huge flow stain for the background of my art journal page to start building on:

Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow for background

Using the paint this lightly, I noticed that it still didn’t flow as fluidly as other brands do. And some colors mixed into a really muddy color. But, in this case I wanted that to happen. Because working on a background like this, I want happy and somewhat less happy accidents to give me grit to start building on.

From here I looked for a place to start and started building my art journal page up from there…

Building on Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow and finding faces

First, I found the little top face with a huge hat-like structure. But when I’d outlined that one, I found a second face with an open mouth, pretty much like mine (my nose being obstructed by this nastly little viral swelling) at the moment. So see? Here begins a journal page that really says something about my life. And that ALWAYS happens. You simply start somewhere. And before you know it, you begin telling a story. But instead of adding letters, words, sentences, paragraphs and chapers, you add colors, lines and media.

Building on Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow and finding faces

I gave the background of my art journal page a fiery yellow base that is weighed on by a really heavy night sky blue that I will lighten up in the next stages of the page. Also, I began outlining. But not with regular lines. Feeling as feverishly unfocused as I do now, I went for dotted lines…

Building on Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow and finding faces

The image needed more red to supplement the yellow and the blue and make the triad of primary colors complete, so I sort of gave the soft-ice like head garment a dark wash of magenta. Also I blende the yellow and the blue in a bit by drawing the yellow bubbles all the way up into the blue.

Building on Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow and finding faces

Then the entire art journal page felt too thick. The Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor paint really doesn’t feel like watercolor. So I had used it more like I would have used gouache, which had resulted in a ‘dense’ feel that I needed to light up. So I drew in lots of stars in the sky and turned the colored stain on the shoulders into a lace shawl by drawing in white ink.

Building on Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow and finding faces

Then it was time to give some dimension to the face, so it was time for a little stylized shading.

And finally I needed to do something with the hair. But what? I wanted to keep the watercolor background of the art journal page intact and yet it needed something. Staring outside pondering for a bit I noticed how trees have begun dropping their leaves and I realised that soon the day will come that trees will be about to shed their very last leaf. I know nature rebirths. But I find The Days of the Last Leaves a bit sad every year. Because then the dark days come when we have to rely on the sun to return. How odd it must have been for our early ancestors who believed they were at the mercy of their gods to let the light return and therewith new leaves. That kind of magic is lost to us. But the melancholy of The Last Leaf remains. To express the promise of the return of light, I colored it fresh green. Therefore I call today’s Journal Page “La Feuille Verte”…

Building on Kuretake Gansa Tambi watercolor color flow and finding faces

And this is the finished art journal page…

So, if you ask me now if I like Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors as much as, say, my Horadams, I have to say ‘no’. I did love working with this paint, though. I love how its opacity allowed for the green bubbles on the dark blue background so that they really pop out. When used in a thicker layer, the paint does dry up a bit shiny like acrylics, though. I hope it won’t stick to the opposite page… It doesn’t feel sticky. But I’ll have to wait and see what happens when I close my journal…

Can’t wait to start on a new ‘happy accident’ art journal page…do you care to try?

I’ll soon do one in Mijello Mission Gold. The first edition of the  “Color My Page” challenge has been voted for really well! The votes close this Sunday and then I’ll paint an art journal page with only three colors and record it onvideo, reviewing the Mijellow Mission Golod paint as I go. If you like, you can still vote!

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