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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    Kelsey
    January 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I’ve been enjoying painting with my sons lately… this would pretty it up!

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    Pamala
    January 21, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I just found your website and I have to say, I love it. You have been bookmarked! I have little painting experience; my watercolor experience is books as a child. What fun this would be to win this and find my inner artist!

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    Corinne
    January 21, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Love to watercolor, it’s one of my favorite hobbies!

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    Shelley T.
    January 21, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    This would be awesome! I piddle with watercolors but I’m not very good.

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    Corrina
    January 21, 2014 at 6:58 pm

    I love to watercolor…it’s so soothing and always looks pretty!

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    Mandolin Lewis
    January 21, 2014 at 6:59 pm

    I would love to win one of these sets! Thanks for the opportunity, Nicole!!

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    michelle
    January 21, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    I doubt I will win, but wanted you to know how much I love your blog. Thanks for making my days a little bit more lovely! :)

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    Alison
    January 21, 2014 at 7:01 pm

    You’re never too old to get paint under your nails.

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    angela
    January 21, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    Ohh, watercolor, that sounds fun. Angela

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    Debbie
    January 21, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Just want to say how much I love your blog and to thank you for this awesome giveaway!

    Cheers
    Debbie

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    Erin
    January 21, 2014 at 7:09 pm

    Love watercolors! Such a fun way to unwind, and I feel like things always come out so prettily :)

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    Linzy
    January 21, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    This is so nice of you! If I win I’ll send you a painting :) Though to be honest I was always better with oils, I think I’m too type A for the free and loose watercolor. But yours are coming along so well! Look at ’em! Good job, lady. P.S. did you ever use those books as a kid that you just added water and the paint was already on the page? I haven’t thought of those in years…

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    Jenn Hoff
    January 21, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Wow! That’s so sweet of you! I was really inspired by that video, as well. I don’t have paint supplies and I’m not physically able to go pick any up, so it started me drawing. Funny how it’s not the same medium, but it still got the juices flowing.

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    Melanie Walter
    January 21, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I adore watercolors! What a fun giveaway!

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    Shannon
    January 21, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    I am just rediscovering my watercolors and realized my old tubes are all crunchy. A new set would be a lovely boost! Thank you!

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    Marlys
    January 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I would love this!

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    Ashley@Biggerthanthethreeofus
    January 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    I would love to win this! You’ve been inspiring me to try my hand it it…working on the courage. =)

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    Kara
    January 21, 2014 at 7:23 pm

    count me in!

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    Holly
    January 21, 2014 at 7:29 pm

    What a sweet idea. Thanks!

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    Moid Ali
    January 21, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    I want to get into drawing and painting so, this would be great!

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    Anna L
    January 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I started water colors in an intro art class in college. I absolutely loved them. Haven’t used them much lately but this would be a great chance to get back into painting. Love your blog!

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    Brooke
    January 21, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    I adore your work and I need to brush up on my painting and this would be perfect!

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    Valerie Bermel
    January 21, 2014 at 7:36 pm

    What a great idea! I hope I win! I love your blog!

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    Cari
    January 21, 2014 at 7:37 pm

    Thank you for sponsoring this giveaway drawing. How very kind and generous of you. I *just* discovered you on Facebook and began Following you. In reading your page I saw your post about this drawing and thought that I would try my luck.

    Thank you again for sponsoring such a lovely drawing. (Good luck, everyone!)

    Creatively Yours,
    Cari

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    merry z
    January 21, 2014 at 7:38 pm

    I love water colors. What a lovely giveaway!

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    Meredith
    January 21, 2014 at 7:39 pm

    I just said to my husband over the weekend “I need to get some watercolors – I really miss painting!”

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    Kim Casey
    January 21, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    Love your art style! Thanks for some inspiration!

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    Brenna Cade
    January 21, 2014 at 7:46 pm

    I actually just started a beginner watercolor class at a local art store here in Louisville, KY! Loving it so far!

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    Joan
    January 21, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    I’d love to receive these. I crave moments to make art.

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    Mia
    January 21, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    How nice! I haven’t done any painting since high school art class, but this would be really fun!

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    Carlotta
    January 21, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Would love to experiment with painting

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    joelle
    January 21, 2014 at 7:57 pm

    Seing your sweet watercolor sketches took me back to my twenties … traveling around Europe using the tiniest watercolor set :)

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    Elaine
    January 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    Awesome. My grandadaughter and I would love this! Love your blog!!!

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    Emily K.
    January 21, 2014 at 8:02 pm

    Super fun giveaway! I’d love to use this palette to make some homemade Valentines!

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    Melissa Ph
    January 21, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    Awesome giveaway! My two girls and I love to paint!!

  • Reply
    Holly
    January 21, 2014 at 8:09 pm

    What a great giveaway!

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    Sarah E
    January 21, 2014 at 8:10 pm

    Yes please! 2014 will be a year of creativity for me and this would be a perfect start! Fingers crossed!!

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    Darcy
    January 21, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    What a lovely opportunity! I used to love making little watercolor portraits. I got distracted from it over time and seeing you pick up the paints has me itching to start back.

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    Kits
    January 21, 2014 at 8:13 pm

    My husband used to paint but I haven’t done it since high school! Would love to try my hand at it!

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    DianeG
    January 21, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    I would love those! My goal for 2014 (one of them anyway) is to teach myself basic watercolor. This would be a great jump start, and I’ve been enjoying reading these posts. Thanks!

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    Ali Martinez
    January 21, 2014 at 8:17 pm

    I would LOVE to win this set! I have wanted to begin dabbling in watercolor, and this would be the perfect way to begin!

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    mindi
    January 21, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    ooh, how fun! i’d love to start painting again…

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    Marianne
    January 21, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    One of my goals this year is to explore my creativity – thanks for sharing your illustrations! Very inspiring, truly!

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    Antoinette La Frenais
    January 21, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Seeing how inspired you have become has inspired me I would love to do a watercolour painting of my bridal bouquet.

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    Kat N
    January 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I love using water colors in my journaling!

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    Whitney
    January 21, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I’ve started doing watercolors too, although I am quite the amateur. I would love some more supplies!

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    Mel
    January 21, 2014 at 8:33 pm

    How timely! I borrowed my daughters water colour pencils just yesterday, thinking “how hard can this be” :) I have some learnin’ to do and this giveaway would be an awesome start.

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    Alicia
    January 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    Watercolors just look so happy who wouldn’t want them!

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    ellen
    January 21, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    i’ve always wanted to get into painting with water color. so inspirational!

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    Maryanne
    January 21, 2014 at 8:39 pm

    so bee-you-tee-ful! My first love was and always will be Watercolors! I started painting when I was 13 and still have my original box of paints, “Page of London”. It’s 42 years old. The tin box is dented and the hinge is broke but every time I open it and see the names like, Pink Madder,Green Bice and Venetian Red, it takes me back to a time when I could disappear into a world of flowers, trees and butterflies. When I look at your work it brings it all back to me. Thank you!

    Maryanne Hernandez

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