WCW: Joan of Art watercolor play (& Review)

Finally had time to swatch out the watercolor sets I bought from @joacreations weeks ago. They are very vibrant and love the fact that with every set you get to see the colors you can mix with them on the back of the card. Also love their labels!! ____ #w

A few weeks ago I ordered some fun watercolors from Etsy by the brand Joan of Art and I finally had time to play around with them a bit. I've bought the 4x aquarel sets and you could choose which of the sets you would like to have included. They at the time had a limited edition set called Mardigras and I added that one instead of their earthy tones set. The shop is based in the UK, so shipping to NL was fairly priced (36€ for 4 sets including shipping) and they arrived in a little over 12 days. Bit slow than average from UK, but the UK mail and NL mail delivery were having some issues around that time, so they could be delivered to you faster.
But they arrived, beautifully packaged and I just LOVE unwrapping watercolors! It's like colorful candy but so much better & healthier for you ;) I love that they come with a card which shows you the colors you can mix with them. I do keep the wrappers in a sketchbook with watercolor swatches, but here they are all piled up and the colors swatched out for you to see. They are definitely very pigmented and lovely to work with. The pans come with a little magnet attached to the back so you can create your own palette in an Altoids tin or other metal tins. They also have a fun Watercolor Sketch tin available if you want a complete travel set. The swatches you see here are made in my Strathmore visual journal, with 100lbs watercolor paper.
You can find more information on Joan of Art HERE. Joan of Art (seriously though, what a cool name for an art supply product company right?!) was also kind enough to provide the pigment info on their blog in case people are wondering which pigments are in the set. The Mardigras set was a limited release and sadly already sold out. 

Watercolor practice sketch in my moleskine watercolor pocket book from a few days ago, to test out the @joacreations watercolor sets. The face has a starting base of a @janedavenport clear small face stamp. Not sure if I like it. The sketch, not the paint

I did a quick color sketch in my moleskine watercolor pocket sketchbook. The base is a small face from the Jane Davenport face stamp set. I drew the rest of the body with a faber castell pitt marker and added some accents with a stabilo all blue pencil (which also activates with water) I was wondering if I could create a skin tone color with all these bright sets and made a mix of van dyke brown with golden yellow and added accents of permanent rose for cheeks and indigo for the shadows. So this sketch was done at night when I didn't have natural light and at first I just didn't like it, too yellow in the face. Later when when I added more blue in shading and warmer tones in orange red around the face in the background the color of the face looks more as a tanned/east asian/indian skin tone. Still really need to practice more but that is what these sketchbooks are for - to play and practice color combinations and see what it brings you. These colors are definitely fun to play around with and I would certainly recommend them to fellow watercolor enthusiasts at any stage in their journey.

Sharing this painting sketch of at a fun - new to me blog- Paint Party Friday.
Art Journal Journey - this month's theme is "world of Fantasy" and this woman borne out of my fantasy also lives in a fantastical colorful world. In my fantasy the world always appears way more colorful as well.  

Hope this little review of the paints was useful.
Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this review & bought these paints with my own money and all views posted here are my own. 


  1. Fabulous new artsupplies Cheetarah and a great sketch! Very artsy! Great to see you at Art Journal Journey this month ! Happy September! Hugs, Susi

  2. I am in total AWE of your new Joan of Art supplies. Yes, a great name for an art supply company. I love the very colorful fantasy world your alter ego lives in, and I LOVE her hair do, too. This is a fabulous entry for Yvonne's fantasy theme at Art Journal Journey.

  3. A great name for your new water colour set, the colours look fantastic.
    I love your painting, she looks amazing and your fantasy colours would be mine as well, as I do love bright shades.
    Thank you so much for adding this to Art Journal Journey.

  4. wow,this girl is so dreamy,love her sweet face,lovely colors you used,love it so much !
    iam in awe with your page.
    happy day.

    hugs jenny

  5. Your fantasy woman is beautiful! Wonderful colours too!
    Alison xx

  6. Great image in a special style of your own. The colors are perfect to take with on a journey.
    I also own such a small color box, also perfect to paint with children.
    Dear Greetings

  7. I can so relate to you opening your watercolours, it really is like opening candy.
    Love the page you did in your Moleskin, what a fantastical woman she is. I love the dark colours you have used against that bright background. Glad your new colours inspired you to paint this portrait.
    Hugs, Neet (nice to see you Cheetarah) xx


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