But one day this week, while in National Bookstore, I passed by the sketchpad section and saw these Berkley watercolour paper pads priced really cheap. I got one.
When I got home, I dug out my old Prang watercolour set. The paint in the little pots were messy and cracked. I remember they used to be damp and sticky to the touch when I first got them. Cleaned them up a bit. The paint on the inner lids are acrylic and are permanent. Lol.
I also found my dad’s opaque watercolour set from Holland. When I opened them, they were even messier than mine with different paints mixed in with the others but they weren’t cracked. I cleaned it too. He uses them for his calligraphy so maybe that’s why there were deep holes instead of the gradual dip in the middle of the paint pots.
I didn’t use them, they were just near me for moral support. I can still remember a teacher saying you don’t need all these colours, If you have red blue and yellow, you can get more unique colours when you mix them yourself. Although, I like the Prang set because it’s easier when there are at least primary and secondary colours already pre-mixed. Dad’s Talens set had weird colours because he chose each pot himself. If you can notice, the green is more of a dark greenish blue, the orange is more crimson and the red is more like a subdued mauve-pink.
I forgot to buy brushes but I knew there would be some at home, always. And after a few minutes of hunting I found a handful. I only used 3 in total for this one I made and the green one I used because I mistook it for the red.
The Berkley watercolour paper is barely ok for practicing, they are off-white and very lightweight at 180 gsm. So yes, this paper will warp, wrinkle, buckle, sing and dance if you don’t stretch it. I didn’t like the raised texture it had which isn’t pretty at all. There weren’t any open ones at the bookstore so I couldn’t look at the paper inside before I got one. They are supposed to be acid-free, meaning will not yellow and get brittle with time.
So this is what I made. Because I just feel like disappearing into some nowhere place with a cosy bed and books forever.
I also made a series of basic ballerina poses, but that’s for another post.. Soon!