1,177 January 21, 2014

Giveaway! A Watercolor Palette and Sketchbook

I’ve been enjoying my new watercolor hobby, since posting to that time-lapse video I found so inspiring. It’s only been about a month since I started, during which I’ve probably painted four times, but I’m proud of how I’m progressing. I’ve missed making art, even if I’m just painting what amount to cute spot illustrations.

Watercolors, Making it Lovely

I’ve been experimenting with different paints (tubes vs. pans, student grade versus professional quality), and I’m still finding what I like. You know what turned out to be great though? The inexpensive 36-color watercolor palette I had initially picked up on a whim at Michael’s. I’ve heard from more seasoned watercolor artists that they love it too!

Want to give it a go for yourself? I went back and bought five more palettes, along with some better quality paintbrushes (don’t bother with the one it comes with) to give away to five readers. I also bought five Moleskine Watercolor Notebooks to include as part of the prize for each winner.

Watercolor Palette and Sketchbook, Making it Lovely
(I painted this illustration of the prize using only watercolors from that 36-color palette.)

This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide. Just leave a comment below by midnight CST, Monday, January 27 to enter. After the giveaway ends, I’ll randomly draw five winners and ship off a palette, brush, and sketchbook to each. It’s a small way to share a little bit of what’s making me happy these days!

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1,177 Comments

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    Jen
    January 21, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Really lovely and inspiring!

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    Sara Spencer
    January 21, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Loved seeing your watercoloring on Instagram. It really inspired me to get crafty again (in my case Scrapbooking and cards) instead of just reading so much about other peoples work. :) thanks for the fun giveaway too. One can always hope to win !

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    Jamie Rowe
    January 21, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    I have been wanting to try watercolor, even having paint in my hand at the store, but I always put it down. What a great giveaway.

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    Natalie
    January 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    Wow! They look great! I haven’t painted in a while, I’m so inspired to pick up a paint brush…unfortunately, there is 10+ inches of snow and counting outside, otherwise I’d be on my way to Michaels!

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    Lesley
    January 21, 2014 at 4:44 pm

    A truly lovely and thoughtful giveaway!

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    courtney
    January 21, 2014 at 4:47 pm

    I am inspired by your return to watercolor. I recently got out my paints- gotta set some time aside to be creative! :)

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    Christ;ine
    January 21, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    I really love the watercolor art!Thank you!

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    Tyler
    January 21, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Ooh, I’ve only been drawing lately but your posts are giving me the painting bug! I’m such a fan of your blog + aesthetic, and this giveaway sounds wonderful.

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    eilis
    January 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Love anything crafty and artsy…would love to give watercolors a try!

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    Vicki G.
    January 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    Very inspiring!

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    lonneke cloo
    January 21, 2014 at 4:50 pm

    That’s so sweet of you. A hug from Holland for you xx

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    marta
    January 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Oh wow internationals are included??? AWESOME :D

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    sam
    January 21, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    What a great snowy day activity.

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    kim @ DESIGN + LIFE + KIDS
    January 21, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    I’ve been using those watercolors too! But now my girls have taken them over which of course means, they’re a mess :)

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    Janaya
    January 21, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    What a lovely giveaway!! I’ve always wanted to try watercolor. It is beautiful.

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    Lyndsey
    January 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    I’ve been trying to push myself to give watercolours a try. What a wonderful idea for a giveaway!

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    Adriana Orozco
    January 21, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    OMG i always wanted to have one of these… where i live they’re really expensive and sometimes there’s not of them, i love drawing and painting having this will my life more creative and inspiring. I also love the fact that this is international, i really hope to get one of these, i would really apreciate it, i love your blog and everything you do, you are amazing and i get a lot of inspiration. Im sorry if my english isn’t correct, but i’m really excited! Grettings from mexico!!

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    Carolyn
    January 21, 2014 at 5:09 pm

    I’m not a talented artist, but it’s so fun to dabble in painting! What a fun giveaway!

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    rhondajoy
    January 21, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    your paintings are beautiful! I havn’t tried watercolors since childhood… I’m ready to take a break from painting walls and break out the watercolors with my 2 boys! :) What a fun giveaway!

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    Christie Purifoy
    January 21, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    I’ve been wanting to try watercolors! What a sweet, generous giveaway. And, your illustrations are lovely.

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    shells
    January 21, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Your paintings are just lovely, well done, your obviously a natural!

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    Megan
    January 21, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    How sweet! My preschooler loves to paint and it’s a special treat to pull out my paints to use. We recently discovered several are dried up and need to be replaced. We’ll have to look for this kind too.

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    Carla
    January 21, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    What a lovely giveaway- I’d love to practice and get closer to your paintings above (and further away from my stick figures)! :)

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    Justine
    January 21, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I would love to win, thank you so much! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at watercolors but haven’t gotten around to it.

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    Liz
    January 21, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration!

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    Leigh
    January 21, 2014 at 5:38 pm

    I love the simple everydayness of what you are painting.

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    Emily Peck
    January 21, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    I love this, can’t wait to get back into painting someday myself! You do beautiful work! <3

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    Alison
    January 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    I’ve been enjoying your creations and it has inspired some water color painting at our house too–kids included!

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    Cyndi Hartle
    January 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I am new and beginning and would love this!!

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    Liz
    January 21, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing the joy!

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    Bonnie
    January 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    Hi: I’m your 681st commenter. I was intrigued when your first said you were going to get back to some art works and planned to take you lead. Whether I’m a winner or not, I will persevere!

    Best,
    Bonnie

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    Erin P.
    January 21, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    I would love that!

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    Beth
    January 21, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    Would love to give this a try … love the idea of watercolors!

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    katy
    January 21, 2014 at 6:07 pm

    I’m looking for a fun, creative way to make some art for my apartment and this could be the perfect outlet!

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    Laura D'Anna
    January 21, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Wow have you progressed! I love it!

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    Jeanne
    January 21, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    I too have been thinking about using watercolors. I just purchased the book If You Want to See a Whale. This along with your post has me itching to start painting.

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    Jennifer
    January 21, 2014 at 6:18 pm

    I’ve really been inspired by your journey back to art…so much so that I’m taking a beginning drawing class in the hopes I’ll move from frequent meeting “doodler” to a bonafide “artiste!” I would LOVE to win this and try my hand at watercolors!

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    Ali
    January 21, 2014 at 6:20 pm

    Love, love, love your botanicals. I’ve been looking for some prints for my bedroom. I think you’ve inspired me to try and paint my own. (I might need a few practice rounds :))

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    Stephanie Becker
    January 21, 2014 at 6:23 pm

    Stumbled upon your page via pinterest and love it! I have painted with acrylics but would love to give watercolors a try!! Winning this would be the perfect reason to do so :)

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    Laura Ingalls Gunn
    January 21, 2014 at 6:32 pm

    My daughter just said the other day that she would like to take up this hobby. How perfect would this be for Valentine’s Day? :)

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    Liz C
    January 21, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    My new year’s resolution is to do more creative stuff. I would love to get my hands on this! Although I’m pretty sure my “art” won’t be nearly as lovely as your work. You really do have a talent for illustration.

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    Megan
    January 21, 2014 at 6:41 pm

    ooooo I’d love to win. Since moving at the end of last year all my creative supplies have been boxed up. I’m itching to get back to creating.

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    Jodie
    January 21, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    Love your watercolour paintings!

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    Elizabeth @ hobbylobbyist
    January 21, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I love this giveaway! What a fun win, it will inspire me to get creative in the middle of winter.

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    julie s
    January 21, 2014 at 6:45 pm

    What a wonderful giveaway! I’ve loved seeing your watercolour creations so far and I can’t wait to see what you create next!

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    Katie B.
    January 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Your paintings are lovely! I’d love to give watercolors a try :)

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    Melinda ke
    January 21, 2014 at 6:46 pm

    Oh, I would love to win one! Watercolor painting is something that I have really wanted to try lately, just haven’t got around to it. I have been checking out some books and supplies at the craft stores but I still feel kinda overwhelmed and not sure which brushes (so many to choose from!) I should get or which paints would be best for someone starting out. What a great prize, thanks so much for the chance to win, Nicole!

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    Margie
    January 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    Oh yes please. This is just the kick in the pants I need.

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    bmerry
    January 21, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I like it!

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    lauren w
    January 21, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    what a fun prize!

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