Saturday, September 24, 2011

HOME Multiplied with Koi Watercolors

Welcome to my home, and my other home, and my other one, and another and .... yes, I got carried away painting whimsical homes! :)

I had been reading about Koi watercolors for a while. Some of the artist bloggers that I visit use Koi watercolors, such as Lori Vliegen and Alisa Burke, and I was anxious to try them.

At first I wasn't so sure about them ~ a little plastic tube of water and a cheap looking synthetic brush that screws on the end? Hmmm, I decided to at least try them out before passing {more} judgement.

I scribbled a little on some scrap watercolor paper to get the feel of the tube and brush and then painted this tall skinny house (also seen in my last post here):

I must say, I am impressed! I really like the vibrant colors and once you get used to not sloshing your brush in a jar of water (which I enjoy doing!) it is fun to paint with the water brush. It was so much fun that I did a whole set of more tall, skinny, whimsical houses...

... and cut them out individually. I think they'd be sweet matted and framed as a set, either in 4 separate mats and frames, or in one large mat as I showed in the photo at the top of this post.

I would LOVE to create beautiful, soft, flowery, romantic paintings, but for some reason I always end up going back to the fun and whimsical art. Oh well.... maybe next time!

Now that I've tried and like them, I'd like a larger set and a larger brush! :)
Any one out there reading this blog that uses Koi watercolors or another brand? I'd love to hear your preferences. Feel free to leave a link to your art in the comments!

Take care and God bless,

P.S. Visit this link to see more of my Koi watercolor homes.


  1. Hi Lana - I have not tried the Koi watercolors - but I might have to give them a shot. Your "skinny houses" are so fun! I love Daniel Smith watercolors - especially Blue Apatite Genuine and Undersea Green!

  2. Thank you Dawn! I LOVE your paintings ~ hope everyone who reads this will check out your Etsy shop via your name link.
    Thanks for the mentioning Daniel Smith watercolors. A friend and I were chatting a few days ago and wondering about them.

  3. Lana, I love ALL of your houses! (And the one you painted for the TDIPT update.)

    I just ordered Daniel Smith and am using them for the first time.....I have to agree with Dawn, I love them!

    Haven't tried Koi, but your paintings with them make me want to try them!

  4. They look fantastic! I had never heard of this - I'll have to catch up and look for this paint! Love the houses - they turned out marvelous!
    Thank you!

  5. Hi Lana! I just started painting in watercolor this past spring and went with the recommendations on a blog post by a very successful Etsy watercolor artist. I'm using Winsor Newton Cotman colors and hot press paper blocks. I was using cold press but I don't like it as much. I've had trouble using too much water in my paint and I recently figured out its because that artist uses a lot of opaque pigments. I'm so glad to read about the Koi brand! I'd not heard of them before. Thank you so much for sharing that!

  6. I just saw your sweet little row of houses on the Sakura FB page. They are so adorable.