Summer is my favorite time of the year to make art! I love painting flowers, trees, the sunrises, and about everything there is to see in the summertime! I personally prefer watercolors as my painting medium because they are easy to use and very forgiving. Whether you use the old 8 color set in the plastic pan we had in grade school or the tubes of the expensive paints, there are so many options to pick from these days! And since they are normally stored dry, they travel very well. Watercolors also are super easy to blend together, making covering mistakes easy. Let me tell you all about how to enjoy summertime art with Brea Reese Watercolor Kits and Crafts!
About Brea Reese
The founders of Brea Reese have been creating craft and art supplies for over 40 years. Based on vast comprehensive market and consumer research, they discovered a need for fine art products at a price-point that can’t compare to any of the other high-end fine art products in the market. Named after the daughter of the company’s President, Brea Reese paints, inks and supplies are guaranteed to inspire artists of all levels to create amazing works of art – and to have fun doing it.
Brea Reese is not a traditional fine art company. Don’t get us wrong, we hand craft the highest quality traditional artist colors, but that is about the only thing that’s traditional. From the day we filled our first tube of paint, our mission has been to inspire artists of all levels to create amazing works of art.
Alcohol ink line is great for beginners or experts – we love experimenting on different surfaces and creating new and exciting ways to use them. Our acrylic paint is created with pure pigments with no fillers. This insures your art will be vibrant and completely colorfast. Guaranteed. Our high quality glitter inks and water color inks will help any artist create unique looks and finishes. Our mediums and tools are sure to become favorites as they allow you to easily add texture and dimension on any surface.
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This pre-wrapped panel is perfect for your watercolor projects. There is a color-resist designed stamped on the front. Simply add the color(s) you wish and create your own piece of art. This does not require any stretching or prep work, simply add your paint. Once finished, the design will show through against the color(s) in the background. The paper does not buckle or bubble which makes it a great product for watercolor paint.
Plus it’s simple to mount and hang on the wall! This project is easily completed in a single sitting and you can employ any technique you prefer, such as a light wash of color, splattering, or even using a paper towel for a textured effect. The only word of caution is do not go over the same wet area multiple times with your brush or it could peel the paper back. If you need to return to a painted section, allow it to dry then paint it again!
If you’re looking for a smaller version of the 8″x 10″ size of the watercolor resist panel, then this is the perfect solution! It’s only 5″x 10″ and perfect by itself or in a group of similar pieces. The panel is already wrapped, so there is no prep work required. Simply choose your color or colors and add them to the surface. It won’t warp or blister as long as you are careful about not rubbing hard over the already wet areas.
And, if you need to darken up a spot previously painted, allow it to dry and go over it again. Don’t worry, the design will not soak up color. You can leave droplets on it for an effect or simply wipe them clean. This is the perfect starter piece for any budding artist.
This is a great set of watercolor cream sticks, allowing you to travel anywhere with your paints. They are stored in a hard shell case keeping them mostly protected from damage. Shaped more like a large crayon, you can use these sticks on dry or wet paper to add paint to your project. Simply remove the lid, add the color to the surface of your project, and that’s it! This is a great set of basic, primary colors. You can use a wet brush to spread it around like paint or use the end on wet paper to get a different effect.
On my recent project, I would wet my paint brush and collect the pain right from the end of the stick! You could also draw a small amount on the pan’s surface, and collect it with the wet brush for the same effect. I found these watercolor creams to be vibrant and very easy to blend together between the colors.
Very similar to the Classic shades, these are a beautiful set of metallic colors in a cream stick formula. The plastic case makes it a breeze to store them neatly together as well as travel on the road with. I love how shimmery the paints would appear on the paper. Although vibrant, they seem to run a little on the cool tone side. These were great to lightly rub across the dry paper or canvas, then go back with a wet brush to spread around. The cream sticks are a nice touch when you use them for outline work, after your project has dried. Or, a boost of color in areas that could use some pumping up. And because they are made of a creamy formula, you can even apply them with your fingertip! Just make sure your hands are clean of oil first. Again, these also blended beautifully.
Looking for an easy project, or something perfect for a beginner? Try these resistant design watercolor paper pieces. You get two of each design, some of which also have metallic details already included. Use your favorite watercolor to wash over the page, blending or speckling as you desire. The designs will stand out against the color as they do not absorb color.
Then display the work of art when it’s dry! Frame it, add it to a board, or simply tape it to the wall to make it easy. It doesn’t matter if you use a single watercolor or a bunch of them, they will blend and settle well into this paper. You could make several in a single afternoon if you needed them for a class or group gathering. Each sheet measures 8″x 8″, perfect to toss into a backpack or art kit.
These are not watercolors but still a great heavy body acrylic paint to keep on hand. These do not need to be diluted but you can add a fluid medium if you need them to be thinned out. This paint is perfect for palette knife work as it will hold some of it’s shape and brush strokes where thinner paint does not. I personally wouldn’t use this kind of paint (in this form) for detail work unless it was thinned out first. This set includes 12 different colors in the artist grade quality, so they are richer than the student version. This is the pastel set so the colors are beautiful and soft. Make sure to allow plenty of time to dry before storing your art.
Whether you want to start a new hobby or expand your skills with an existing one, these Art products from Brea Reese are a great way to do that. Their collections include watercolor paint, panels, acrylic paints, beginner sets and more! Art can not be started too soon or too late, it’s wonderful for any age.
No matter your skill level, Brea Reese has something for everyone, including alcohol inks which are a beautiful medium to include in your projects. They also have some great ideas about creating art on something besides just paper or a canvas! Be sure to run out and get what you need to enjoy summertime art with Brea Reese Watercolor Kits and Crafts!
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