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Use them by adding a little water for painting. Add a lot more water and you can paint washes on large areas. They are good for both small and large paintings.
Tube watercolors make it easy to get the bright juicy colors in your paintings.
They require a lot of water to reactive the color for painting. Adding all the water dilutes the color. They are handy for travel, painting outdoors and other small paintings.
Winsor & Newton professional watercolor pan set of twenty-four beautiful colors.
Winsor & Newton Cotman paints contain the most pigment of all student paints.
Watercolor paintings are traditionally done on watercolor paper.
There are more choice for watercolor art supplies. We can use canvas or hard-boards made specifically for watercolors.
There are many good brands of watercolor paper. Arches paper has an excellent reputation.
Watercolor papers come in Hot Press, Cold Press and Rough Press.
Paint slides around on hot press paper. Rough press paper doesn't let the paint move very well.
Watercolor paper comes in 90, 140 or 300 pound weights. That is the weight of 500 sheets of paper. It is also sold in 22"x30" sheets, tablets or rolls.
The 300# paper is thicker and it will stay flat when you paint on it.
Watercolor paper in blocks have the edges fastened together to keep it from warping when you paint on it.
Watercolor paintings on paper must be matted and framed under glass to protect the painting.
Ampersand's Claybord and Aquabord are excellent archival supports for modern watercolor painting. These hardboards are covered with pH neutral kaolin clay.
Claybord is smooth like hot press watercolor paper. Aquabord has a texture similar to cold press watercolor paper.
The dry paintings are sprayed with UV resistant Krylon spray.
The painting may be framed without glass.
Oh, the beauty and ease of modern watercolor art supplies!
Another surface for watercolor painting is the modern watercolor canvas made by Fredrix.
Before you paint, you should wet the canvas with plenty of water with a large brush to break the surface tension of the canvas.
Let the extra water evaporate before you start painting. Then you are able to control the paint when you apply it.
The dried canvas watercolor painting needs to be sprayed with a fixative to protect the paint. Use the same 'ad' UV resistant Krylon spray used on Aquabord and Claybord watercolor paintings.
The watercolor painting is then framed without glass and they are so light-weight.
Modern technology is wonderful. It has given artists such a great variety of watercolor art supplies!
Watercolor brushes are soft. They are made of natural hairs such as sable or synthetic fibers or a mixture of the two.
The watercolor brush you use for painting is largely a matter of
personal preference. The favorite brush of one artist may be considered
useless by another.
When I started painting watercolors someone gave me a couple of Loew-Cornell angular shaders.
That is all I painted with for about the first year of watercolor painting. The tip of the angle was good for fine details. And the flat side covered more area.
Painted with a Loew-Cornell shader.
Painted with 1/2" and 3/4" shaders.
After painting with angular brushes for a while, I purchased expensive sable watercolor brushes.
I got four sizes of flats and five rounds. I thought there would be a need for smaller brushes for detail.
That was wrong. Large brushes with good points can be used for small details. My small brushes have been sitting unused for years.
A good quality synthetic brush will work just fine and significantly hold down your cost of watercolor art supplies.
Every artist has their own favorites. Many artists paint almost exclusively with round brushes.
Loew-Cornell - Golden Taklon are good synthetic brushes. A 'ad' round #10 is good for all around painting.
Like I found out you don't need small brushes for details. You just need a brush with a good point or edge.
Other watercolor artists do their painting with a 'ad' good quality flat brush.
Flats are good for painting buildings and other straight lines. You may also use the corner of flats for details. A good quality flat brush
There is no need to spend a lot of money on watercolor art supplies to start. Get some painting experience and see what you like the best.
These are the watercolor art supplies I have used over the years.
I have always lived in small town areas where they don't have art supply stores. So for years my art materials came from catalogues.