Designer Spotlight: Meet Cris Rogerson

design team - cris Sep 02, 2022
How to paint with watercolor

If you love adorable, flowy watercolor paintings then you're definitely familiar with Cris Rogerson, and if not - this is your sign to explore her delicate art and take a look behind at inspires her.





How did you get started doing art?

It all started with a children's set of watercolors on a Saturday afternoon painting with my girls. Between work, parenting and losing my mother, life was feeling heavy and things seemed a little lighter, if just for a while, as we painted.  I fell in love with both the process of painting and the beautiful, unpredictable results of watercolor! After that I became obsessed with learning and devoured watercolor books and online classes. Creating is a way of reconnecting with yourself and finding beauty and watercolor still does that for me today! It's one of the reasons I love to teach so much! I love helping people access that peaceful space inside them!



What is your favorite medium to create with? 




What is your favorite color?




What is the one thing you like to have nearby when you create?

I love to have a hot cup of tea or coffee (depending on the time of day) near me while I paint. The key is remembering not to dip your brush in it! I wonder how much paint I've consumed over the years!!!

What most inspires you?

I am most inspired by the seasons and the beautiful gifts each one brings to us.  I love to paint what I see in nature as every season has so much to offer, even in the cold of winter.




How do you push through creative ruts?

I find that two things can help when I am in a creative rut or block.  First, rest.  Sometimes I just need to step away for a while and maybe focus on a good book or another form of creativity, like cooking.  Second, I find that changing up my materials is a big help!  Trying a new brush or some new paints or even switching to gouache can really spark something!



If you could only use 3 supplies for the rest of your life, what 3 items would you choose?

My three "must have" supplies would be The Pigeon Letters watercolor brushes (I can't pick just one), Arches cold press watercolor paper block (I love the texture and how it stays completely flat) and Winsor & Newton professional watercolor tube paints (I can't stick to just one palette - I love ALL the colors).




What's your one hot tip for learners?

My hot tip (which is going to sound really boring) is to paint every day! Even if you only have ten minutes after work or the kids are in bed.  I realize how hard this can be!  Don't worry if it's just a little flower and if it totally sucks! Think of it as building a little arsenal in your brain filled with creativity and mad skills! It will pay off!


See all of Cris’ tutorials here!