July downloadable calendars

It is nearly July, so here’s a new forest animal to decorate your screen for another month: in July it is Elisa, the hedgehog girl. I have just met Elisa the other night, she ran across the road – luckily she reached the other side without harm and ran into a neighbouring garden. Take care of hedgehogs while you drive!

If you’ve already signed up to the newsletter, I’ll send along Elisa in A4 printable format on Friday with some other interesting goodies. If you haven’t subscribed yet, you are still not late. Please feel welcome to the community!

Until then, you can find the July calendar for the screens of your various gadgets down below.

Forest animals - hand-painted watercolour wallpaper calendar

I have made this calendar in several sizes so you can use it from different sized screens as well as a smart phone. If you need a different size, please let me know in the comments below. I hope you enjoy this free download :)

Sizes: 1024×768 | 1280×720 | 1440×900 | 1920×1080 (latter for smart phone)

A little guide to paintbrushes

A little guide to paintbrushes - watercolor techniques

A miracle has occured: the creative thought has started spreading within my family, and my sister started painting. Last weekend I was watching her with slightly bulging eyes as she played around on thin print paper with some brushes that were in appalling state. At this point I decided that instead of my old article on art supplies, I’d need to write a more thorough piece on what you should buy if you choose to pass your time painting. So much more thorough that I am going to split them and talk about papers in a separate blog post, while today I’ll tell you all I know about brushes. So let’s jump right into paintbrushes A-Z.

Are brushes important?

You can pay enormous amounts on paintbrushes and yet achieve horrible results, but the opposite is also true: a cheaper brush can be suitable as long as you choose consciously. A good brush is hand-made, even the relatively cheaper ones, so you should consider it as an investment. At the same time, I’d like to crush the legend that only a super expensive brush can be good quality: I have been working with synthetic for a few months now and reach just as good results as before.