watercolor made simple

Learning to paint is a nice hobby to help you relax, and can even turn into a nice home business, selling prints locally or online. Use manuals with biodegradable watercolour paints and eco papers.

Watercolor Made Simple is a lovely book to explore your creativity and learn to paint in watercolours, by a popular teacher. The book features easy tutorials and beautifully illustrated step-by-step projects to get familiar with paints, brushes and paper. Learn the fundamentals of watercolour washes and brushtrokes, simple colour theory and mixing and use a sketchbook to gather information.

You’ll learn to paint over 15 subjects including flowers, leaves, feathers, still life and landscape. Find traceable line drawings to let you jump right in and charming papercrafting projects to feature your paintings.

quality vegan watercolour paint brushes

Natural Earth Paint Watercolour Brushes are just what the animal-friendly artist ordered! These  have synthetic bristles (so no animals harmed) and are professional level for watercolour painting. Made with sustainably-grown wood handles and varnished with a nontoxic plant-based resin, the bristles mimi mongooese hair for a perfect cross between sable and hog in softness, but are animal-kind. The set of 4 includes:

  1. Filbert (curved bristle top) #6
  2. Round (fine tip) #8
  3. Filbert (curved bristle top) #12
  4. Bright (rectangular bristle shape) #16

a seasonal guide to botanical painting

A Year of Watercolour is a book to help you create beautiful botanical art, engage with the natural world around you and take pleasure in the changing seasons. Find over 30 step-by-step botanical paintings by artist Harriet de Winton. Learn to paint:

  1. Cherry blossoms & lambs in spring
  2. Honeybees & wildflowers in summer
  3. Oak leaves & harvest mice in winter
  4. Pine trees & snowdrops in winter
  5. Festive wreaths with winter berries

Harriet’s other book Birds, Bees & Blossoms offers 30 more projects with a guide to painting beautiful butterflies, bumblebees, birds and botanicals from aroudn the world, plus a guide to composing stunning patterns and scenes. The projects include:

  1. Bengal tiger
  2. Chilean flamingo
  3. Prickly pear
  4. Zebra
  5. Bumblebee
  6. Garden tiger moth
  7. Peacock
  8. White-tailed deer
  9. Polar bear
  10. Arctic poppy

paint woodland wildlife & botanicals

Watercolour in Nature is a lovely book by nature illustrator Rosalie, who has hikes through countless forests with her sketchbook and watercolours, documenting the plants, animals and landscapes she encounters. She has also taught tens of thousands of people to paint and appreciate nature’s beauty through her popular classes.

In this book, she shows how to paint 20 insects, fungi, birds, botanicals and mammals in her vibrant wet-on-dry- watercolour style. Also learn to become a better observer of the outdoors, take your own reference photos and paint from nature, long after you finish projects in this book.

a practical guide to drawing birds

Drawing Birds is a practical guide introducing the fundamentals of drawing birds, from finches to flamingos. It includes step-by-step drawing projects to break down each step, making it accessible for complete beginners. From proportions to feathered textures, this is the perfect guide for people who love birds, and would like to learn to draw them.

Marianne Taylor is a freelance nature writer, photographer and illustrator whose passion for natural history and animals has been the guiding force in her life. When not writing about nature, she is usually found in the countryside (or by the sea) learning from observing wildlife.

Pencils (and pens) are one of the most littered items and often fall down storm drains and go into the sea. Try not to take ‘free pencils or pens’ to avoid more litter. Most pencils these days are made with cedarwood but the casings can still be made with plastic. Often called’ ‘the fast food of the writing world’, enter your postcode at TerraCycle to find community drop-off points to recycle pens (sponsored by industry).

Wood-free recycled newspaper pencils are handmade by a social enterprise in Sri Lanka, to provide local jobs and income. Each pencil is unique, and is a great way to cut global waste. Keep pens and pencils away from children and pets (pencil leads are toxic also to birds) due to choking hazards. 

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