Thursday, May 31, 2012

Water Paper Paint

I'm working on two children's books right now, one of them is watercolor art.  Working on the images inspired by the author's poetic words has been pure bliss.  The kind of joy that feels like you're floating, transported to another world, where everything is brighter and lighter and good.  The kind of joy that makes me say out loud, I hope I get to do this for the rest of my life.

I've been wanting to buy myself a good watercolor book as a reference, but didn't want something dry, traditional and uninspired.  Last week I found just what I was hoping for in Water Paper Paint: Exploring Creativity with Watercolor and Mixed Media by Heather Smith Jones.

Heather Smith Jones.
Don't you love that pic of her as a girl?  I love that love of art begins in childhood...
when we don't know that there is supposed to be a right way
It's an artist's kind of tutorial.  Full of whimsy and quirky and experimentation.  It's not filled with anything you must do, or should do, but just enough information, tips and motivation to make you want to have even more fun, with confidence.

Tiny art by Heather Smith Jones.
I love the title: "Climbing said mt. with a satchel of words"
That makes my mind go round in wonderful ways.
I love that watercolor is so intuitive and forgiving and in-the-moment.  Water Paper Paint embraces those qualities and makes me want to get out my paints and play.

If you'd like to see more of Heather's work or process, you can visit Heather's art journal on her website {here}


  1. Love this post! Swoon!! I'm in awe of your talent, Shelly. Can't wait to see what you create. And I'll be looking for Heather's book at the library tomorrow.

    xoxo micheke

  2. Thanks, Michele! Maybe I'll post little sneak peeks one day soon... =)


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