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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.

MEET THE ARTIST

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

MIXING WATERCOLORS WITH GOLD & IRIDESCENT PAINTS

November 9, 2019

Metallic and iridescent paints are some of my favorites for adding a bit of unexpected pizazz to my paintings. That being said – I’m not really a bling bling kind of girl. So I like to keep my accents to a minimal usually. So below is a list of my favorite metallic and iridescent paints to use with watercolor. Kuretake Gansai Tambi Starry colors 6…

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THE WATERCOLOR MISTAKE ERASERS – ACRYLIC & GOUACHE PAINT

PROBLEM SOLVING WATERCOLOR MISTAKES I love using gouache and acrylic paints in my paintings! Why? Because they are my “mistake erasers.” These paints are great for hiding mistakes and covering up unwanted flaws. If you’ve been painting with watercolor for some time now – you’ve probably run into a mistake or two that was unmanageable – especially your paint has dried. At this point you…

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WATERCOLOR CONCENTRATES: PROS & CONS

November 8, 2019

THE PROBLEM OF LIGHTFASTNESS… Watercolor concentrates tend to be a pretty device supply when it comes to artists. The reason is because most are not lightfast… But what is lightfastness? And why is it so divisive among artist? To put things simply – Lightfastness refers to the permanence of a paint color when exposed to light over time. The better the lightfastness of a color…

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WATERCOLOR BRUSHES – THE BRANDS AND KINDS I USE

November 7, 2019

For years watercolor brushes were always a mystery to me – why were some so expensive while others to inexpensive and was there really a difference? Well, the answer is there is – but it all depends on what you are looking for. So here’s a quick sum up of the difference. Most watercolor brushes fall into 3 categories Synthetic hair, natural hair, and a…

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WATERCOLOR PAPERS – THE BEST KINDS FOR ME

I’m really picky when it comes to paper – it has to have a certain texture as well as absorption strength that fits my preferences. Watercolor is already hard enough – so why make it harder by painting on a poor quality paper. So below is a list of the watercolor paper brands I’ve come to love over the years. COLD PRESS WATERCOLOR PAPERS Bee…

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Prioritizing the Little Things – Artist Blog

November 6, 2019

IN THE LONG RUN – SOMETIMES YOU SHALL DO MORE BY DOING LESS. – Charles Spurgeon.   MY LITTLE PROBLEM… I don’t know about you, but I have this knack for doing too much at one time.   My personality has always been the type to take on the world with no questions asked.   That is until lately… It happened around my birthday –…

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