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Redefining Success

We often see perfection as success and anything less as failure. But what if we turned this idea on its head and instead saw any type of PROGRESS as SUCCESS. With just this simple mindset change - suddenly anxiety of the dreaded "mistake" doesn't seem so bad. This mindset gives us wiggle room to play and learn without fear of failure. Because if we are honest with ourselves - the biggest failure is never trying in the first place.


Hi there, I’m Carrie Luc. The artist behind Watercolor Misfit. I’m a proud working mama of two fur babies (Teddie our Golden/Lab mix and Pepper our Hound Mix) & married to my best friend in the whole wide world and soulmate - Stephen. We live in South Carolina and enjoy spending time in our backyard as well as catching up on some of our fav tv shows and movies. We are mainly home bodies - but that is okay because we always have lots of projects to keep us busy.

Here on my blog you can find posts on my life over the last decade as well as newer posts on art hacks and tricks I’ve learned along the way. I hope you enjoy your time here and get perhaps a spark to start creating! Lots of Love! –Carrie

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

Pablo Picasso

The Difference Between Hot and Cold Press Watercolor Paper

December 10, 2015

If you are new to watercolor, chances are this is a puzzling question that is burning in your mind (I mean why would you have clicked on this article unless you were at least curious).    This subject was even more baffling because most watercolor papers are wrapped up tightly in plastic wrap to protect the papers from scratchings and dents.   Thus making it…

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The Difference Between Transparent and Opaque Watercolors

December 6, 2015

As I’m sure you already know, glazing or layering is everything in watercolor.   To succeed at watercolor you have to learn how to glaze.  However, there is one aspect to glazing that is also just as crucial.   It’s a problem most beginners face and even some expert artist struggle with.  What could it be? Question ONE: In watercolor terms it’s called transparency and…

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How to Paint a Splatter Effect with Watercolor

August 28, 2015

I have always loved experimenting with watercolor and one technique that has always made me happy is using a splatter technique in my paintings.  It’s almost completely uncontrollable and thus gives a sense of mystery to my painting process.  Today I’ll be showing you how I paint a starry background with splattering.  Before I begin, here is a list of the supplies I used in…

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How to Paint a Semi-Realistic Moon with Watercolor

Finding inspiration isn’t very hard if your open to trying new things.  That is exactly what this tutorial is about.  Recently, I was really inspired to paint a full moon and make it as realistic as I could yet keeping with my style of painting.  Today, I’m going to walk you through my process of first drawing and then painting a semi-realistic full moon.  Before…

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The Easiest Way to Paint a Hyacinth Flower

August 21, 2015 I absolutely love painting flowers!  Whether your having a bad day, good day, sad day or insane day flowers just have a way of cheering the soul.  Today, we are going to be painting a Hyacinth flower and hopefully help you guys as well to capture a bit a joy on your watercolor paper.  If you want to learn how to draw this flower,…

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How to Draw & Ink a Hyacinth Flower

August 15, 2015 I absolutely love flowers!  Why you may ask, well to be perfectly honest, flowers are very forgiving when it comes to drawing and painting them.  As long as we make sure to keep the main intricate parts of a particular flower where it’s easily recognized, then we are set. For today’s study, we will be focusing on a Hyacinth flower.  So what are…

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