Watercolor painting has the reputation of being quite demanding; it is more accurate to say that watercolor techniques are unique to watercolor. Unlike oil or acrylic painting, where the paints essentially stay where they are put and dry more or less in the form they are applied, water is an active and complex partner in the watercolor painting ...
Watercolor painting has the reputation of being quite demanding; it is more accurate to say that watercolor techniques are unique to watercolor. Unlike oil or acrylic painting, where the paints essentially stay where they are put and dry more or less in the form they are applied, water is an active and complex partner in the watercolor painting process, changing both the absorbency and shape of the paper when it is wet and the outlines and appearance of the paint as it dries. The difficulty in watercolor painting is almost entirely in learning how to anticipate and leverage the behavior of water, rather than attempting to control or dominate it.
Watercolor paint consists of four principal ingredients:
The Watercolor Sticks are made with the same superior pigment that the DANIEL SMITH Watercolor paints are made with. The DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Sticks have no fillers or waxes – they are DANIEL SMITH Watercolor paint made with pure pigment and gum arabic, so the paint releases easily with a wet brush. The Watercolor Sticks are a “pan in your hand”, they are DANIEL SMITH Watercolor paint shaped into stick form, baked, wrapped in a label and ready to draw and paint!
1 DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Stick = 3 Full Pans!
Each DANIEL SMITH Watercolor stick is about 3 full pans of DANIEL SMITH Watercolor paint, which makes it a terrific value.
All Watercolor Sticks are the same price regardless of what series (1. 2, 3, 4) they are in the Watercolor tubes. For example, Sodalite Genuine is a series 4 in the Watercolor tubes, in the Watercolor Stick collection, it is the same price as the rest of the Watercolor Sticks.
The DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Sticks have the same properties of granulation, transparency, staining and lightfastness as the matching color does in the DANIEL SMITH Watercolors in tubes, because they are made with the same pigment.
Pigment Power – Watercolor Sticks offer the exact same superior intensity as DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Paints. No clay fillers or wax of any kind, so they release their pigment easily just like the dried DANIEL SMITH Watercolors in your palette do into rich, vibrant color.
Paint & Mix – directly from a Watercolor Stick by applying a wet brush. Perfect for plein air and travel. No watercolor palette needed.
Unique Drawing Tool – Watercolor Sticks are an expressive and fun tool for drawing directly with watercolors. Comfortable to hold and the tip can be sharpened for a more precise drawing tip. When sharpening, be sure to save the shavings, those are pure DANIEL SMITH Watercolor! You can add water to the shavings and turn them into liquid paint in a small dish or container.
With DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Sticks you can –
* Draw directly onto dry or wet paper for different line characteristics.
* Soften your lines with a wet brush.
* Blend colors with your wet brush both on the paper and Stick.
* Draw onto paper, then, with a wet brush, take up Watercolor Stick pigment and paint from that like you would with paint in a pan.
* Add water to create light washes using your brush.
* You can build up layers using the Watercolor Sticks for rich, saturated colors.
* Draw over painted areas with the Watercolor Sticks adding detail or line work.
* Create texture by applying the Watercolor Sticks in different ways both wet or dry.
Manufactured using traditional methods and carefully stone milled to enhance and retain the luminous nature of each pigment selected, Derivan Watercolours are now available in 24 brilliant colours, covering the full colour spectrum, including uniquely Australian colours. Each colour in the range has been tested for granulation, transparency, staining and permanence.The art of watercolours is defined by brilliant, strong but yet subtle colours; clear and clean transparencies. The build up of thin washes created by this delicate mix of colours results in luminous, translucent effects.
The satisfaction of a beautifully rewarding watercolour artwork begins with the choice of a colour range with excellent light resistance, unique colour strength, solubility and paint flow.
Derivan Watercolours have been manufactured using a careful selection of pigments to preserve the tradition of characteristic quality of transparency, excellent light fastness, clean color mixing and intense blends.When Derivan set out to create our first watercolour range, we wanted to create a quality product that understood both the role of water in using watercolour and the play of Australian light on colour. While many watercolours have their genesis in Europe, we looked at the colours around us. Australian light is unique in its clarity, and the colours we see around us exemplify this quality. Our final range of 24 colours is testimony to our awareness of the interplay of light and colour, and also our desire to create products developed and manufactured in Australia.Our range of Derivan watercolours are characterized by the use of traditional ingredients like Gum Arabic sourced from a region in Africa and carefully tested for quality and impurities. Derivan Watercolours are the result of precisely selected pigments dispersed in a fluid solution of pure Gum Arabic and the addition, in some cases, of Oxgall, which ensures optimal flow off the brush of the Derivan watercolours.
Germany's Finest Studio Watercolors!
LUKAS has once again broken the mold and created an affordable watercolor for both students and professionals alike.
Pure, intense pigments combine with exclusive wetting agents to produce vibrant watercolors with exceptional coverage. Now you can have the best for one low price! The only difference between LUKAS Aquarell Studio watercolors and artists' grade paint is the use of high quality substitutes in place of some traditional (and often toxic) pigments. 24 brilliant watercolors are available in 10ml tubes, as well as sets of either tubes or pans; perfect for indoor painting or plein aire work! Experience LUKAS Aquarell Studio Watercolors today and discover the professional quality color behind the student grade facade!
-Highly concentrated pigments allow for intense color and transparency
-Many one-pigment shades make for clean, outstanding mixing capabilities
-Superb light fastness means your paintings will retain their brilliance and not fade over time
-Excellent dispersion and refractive quality
-Artists' quality watercolors at student grade pricing!
A range of 36 colours which are all maximum lightfast and can all be intermixed together. In coming up with the new palette and choosing pigments, Maimeri removed all cadmium and cobalt based colours and reduced chrome content to a minimum in order to eliminate toxins andheavy metals, offering a final answer to the problem of environmental impact, both in the usage and in the production of this product.
Research continues all over the world, and the relationship between paint and the environment continues to improve, on the basis of a new awareness that Maimeri has made more than a goal, but an ongoing commitment.
In Venezia watercolours pigment concentrations are determined in each individual colour in order to obtain a highly harmonious palette of soft shades reminiscentof the colours of the city they are named after. Made in Italy
Properties: o Colours: Transparent, bright and deep. They can be mixed together. o Dilution: Water, easy to thin o Drying: A few dozen minutes depending on the dilution and paper weight o Cleaning the tools: With water.
Applications: Aquarelle Fine is made from ground pigments and Arabic gum, and offers a balanced range that is used on watercolour paper or cardboard. It meets the requirements of the amateur watercolourist perfectly. The tube of paste is not rigid like that of pans, it is pasty and is applied in small quantities on a palette.
Modern Watercolors. The unique formulation of QoR Watercolors accentuates the luminosity and brilliance of pigments even after drying. QoR provides the subtlety, transparency and flow of a great watercolor, with colors that have as much vibrancy and fire as the best acrylic or oil paint.
Choose from 83 high-intensity colors, including three Iridescent colors. The addition of QoR Mediums and Grounds can increase gloss, improve flow or wetting and provide different textured surfaces, to expand the creative opportunities in watercolor painting.
The unique formulation of QoR Watercolors accentuates the luminosity and brilliance of pigments even after drying. QoR provides the subtlety, transparency and flow of a great watercolor, with colors that have as much vibrancy and fire as the best acrylic or oil paint.
Fine artists´ watercolours, Series 16
24 multiple liquid-poured colours with high lightfastness in half pans.
16 one-pigment colours for brilliant mixtures
Fully reusable, even when dried on a palette
Attractive sets in various sizes, with half and full pans, in plastic and a wide range in metal
The basis range of AKADEMIE® Aquarell includes colours designed for students, comprising 24 highly concentrated watercolours (mostly 4 and 5 star lightfastness). High-quality artists' pigments and an optimum binder combination (natural gum arabic) guarantee brilliant mixtures and good applicability, even on softer watercolour papers. The sets include small and full pans in different compositions (10, 12 and 24 pans).
AKADEMIE® Aquarell colours can be mixed and combined with HORADAM® watercolours as well as all AQUA mediums of Schmincke.
This portable watercolor set is perfect to bring along whether you're going to the countryside, relaxing at the beach, or walking urban landscapes. The watercolor kit is lightweight and affordable, and features:
The 12-color ‘pocket’ size travel watercolor kit contains:
The 18-color, 24-color and 30-color ‘postcard’ size travel watercolor kits contain:
The 36-color and 48-color watercolor kits contain:
Koi Water Brushes are designed for the easy transportation and storage of water when you're away from home or the studio. The brush separates into two parts: a fine flexible brush tip, and a barrel handle with a plug to carry the water. The comfortable grip is great for controlled blending, shading, and highlighting. The Koi Water Brush is available in three brush and two barrel sizes for maximum painting versatility.
Finest artists' watercolours, series 14
The new, optimized and enlarged 140 assortment:
139 brilliant, intense colours + Oxgall: 100 unchanged tones, 35 new tones, 4 optimized tones in highest quality as always
112 tones with highest possible lightfastness (4 and 5 stars)
95 one-pigment-tones for brilliant mixing results
Enlarged colour ranges due to new pigment classes as well as 20 new pigments, e.g. quinacridone, perylene, transparent iron oxides
Enlargement of the AQUA mediums assortment: 3 new mediums for more creative options
Well appreciated quality remains:
Pans poured 4 times in liquid state for highest yield
Especially selected Gum Arabic as binding medium
Fully reusable paint when dried on a palette
High control of paint flow, even on soft watercolour papers
Quality assortment "Made in Germany"
Same colour recipes for pans and tubes
139 colours in full and half pans as well as in 5 ml- and 15 ml-tubes
In the Jubilee Year 2017, Schmincke enlarges and optimizes - after some years of research by the Schmincke lab - the HORADAM® watercolours to the premium 140 assortment. The capabilities of newest pigments, the inclusion of customer wishes and market analysis, as well as changes in the raw material market gave us the impulse to perfect the assortment and to extend the colour range.
35 new colours, among these 32 one-pigment-tones, fill the harmonic colour spectrum of the HORADAM® premium assortment. The increased use of highly lightfast pigments, such as Quinacridone and Perylene, offers completely new possibilities for the artist. 10 new red colours, 3 new one-pigment violet colours, 4 new black tones and 8 new brown colours, partly transparent like e.g. Transparent Ochre or Transparent Umber, have been added to the premium assortment. The ultramarine range has been enlarged with the famous colour French Ultramarine.
100 well-tried and traditional colours as well as Oxgall – the wetting agent - already fit to the highest quality standards, so that there was no need for a change. 4 colours (with remaining shades) have been optimized using the newest and best raw materials. 6 colours are omitted due to raw materials which aren’t available anymore.
Unique pigments – new colours – completed coloristic
Quinacridones: These highly lightfast pigments are used to complete the quinacridone range from 6 to 9 tones, visible in the name, e.g. Quinacridone red light.
Perylenes: Using completely new, highly lightfast perylene pigments this range is enlarged; 3 new colours (Perylene green, Perylene red deep, Perylene violet).
Ultramarine: This range gets with the French Ultramarine a much asked for one-pigment colour, a reddish, intense and granulating blue, coloristically situated between the three already existing ultramarines.
Transparent iron oxides: The 3 new transparent colours Transparent Ochre, Transparent Sienna as well as Transparent Umber complete the spectrum of opaque brown colours. These transparent colours are rare due to the very hard and difficult to process consistency with these pigments.
Brilliant tones: The existing brilliant colours have been optimized due to changing on the raw material market. The new pigments have nearly the same coloristic, but a better quality. The new brilliant tone Brilliant Opera Rose, especially for painting flowers, has been added. All brilliant colours now contain a mixture of fluorescent and highly lightfast pigments. Due to the influence of light on the fluorescent components of the colours, the brilliant tones do not have an evaluation of lightfastness.
Black/Grey: 3 new colours – Graphite Grey, Hematite Black and Mars Black enlarge the spectrum.
Potters Pink: This worldwide well-known colour, containing the special pigment PR 233, has been added to the assortment, too.
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Since 1832 when Henry Newton and William Winsor introduced the first moist water colours to the world, much of our reputation for supreme quality has stemmed from the Artists' Water Colour range.
Since then Artists' Water Colour continues to be formulated and manufactured according to our founding principles; to create an unparalleled water colour range which offers artists the widest and most balanced choice of pigments with the greatest possible permanence.
Each colour within this wide and balanced spectrum of 96 colours, has been selected and formulated to offer the greatest choice so that artists can use a unique palette that best suits their work.
Both Artists' Water Colour tube and pan colours are made individually to the highest standards. Pan colour is often used by beginners because it can be less inhibiting and easier to control the strength of colour.
Tube colour is more popular overall, used by regular users, those who use high volumes of colour or stronger washes of colour. Many painters have both, as pan colours are useful when travelling and sketching. Of course, artists can use both tube and pan together if they wish.
Water colour more than any other medium relies upon the variable characteristics of the pigments used. As it is essentially a staining technique, everything rests on the handling properties of the pigments; whether they can produce a smooth wash or a textured wash; how opaque or transparent they are; the brilliance and strength of their colour; and so on.
With this in mind, it has always been - and will continue to be - our aim to provide artists with the widest possible range of pigments to give them the greatest choice and flexibility. It takes a total of 87 different pigments to produce the 96 Artists’ Water Colours.
The world’s industries have also multiplied during the history of Winsor & Newton, leading to the continual development of new pigments. Plastics, ceramics, aviation and car industries have also needed stable, bright, dense colours and this has been wonderful news for artists.
Today, our Artists’ Water Colours contain an ever-widening range of high performance pigments, which ensure strength of colour and excellent brilliance combined with extremely high permanence ratings.
Brilliance can be defined as the richness, intensity and depth of the colour. The optimum brilliance of every colour in the Artists' Water Colour range is unparalleled by any other water colour. Remarkably, this brilliance is combined with high permanence. Botanical painters will benefit particularly from the excellent and unusual combination of brilliance, purity and permanence, especially in the red area of the spectrum with colours such as Quinacridone Red, Quinacridone Magenta and Permanent Carmine.
Transparency & Opacity
Our Artists’ Water Colours exhibit unrivalled transparency due to the unique pigment dispersion in the manufacture of the colour. This is particularly important because transparency is the key characteristic of water colour. As a result of the thinness of the water colour film, all colours have a transparent quality on paper, allowing the reflective white of the paper to shine through. However, pigments do retain their natural characteristics to some degree. For example, transparent pigments refract light in much the same manner as stained glass, making jewel-like brilliance and clean mixing. Opaque colours such as cadmiums are likely to cover significantly more than transparent colours.
The varying transparency and opacity of a pigment will affect the optical character of the individual colour as well as how the colour mixes with other colours. The most transparent colours will enable you to create a pure glazing effect by applying a number of washes on top of one another. The more opaque colours give flatter washes and greater covering over previous washes. Opaque colours are also useful for toning down colour mixtures.
Since 1832, one of our founding principles has been to offer a range of Artists' Water Colours that has the greatest possible permanence. Fortunately, the 20th century featured enormous improvements in the lightfastness of colours, helping us in our quest.
In fact, over the last few decades, advancements in this area have been nothing short of remarkable. New pigments developed for the car, ceramics, and plastics industries have provided us with an astonishing array of colours with unparalleled permanence.
As a result, 93 out of 96 colours in the Artists' Water Colour range are classed as "permanent for artists' use". This means that 97% of our Artists' Water Colours are rated AA or A for permanence to ensure that the colours used today will appear the same for generations to come.
Windsor Newton's special watercolor paint series includes 36 colors, including 12 colors, 18 colors, 24 colors, 10ml set products, and 10ml single tube products.
How to use and precautions
1, watercolor is a combination of pigments and water soluble binders. The rigorous formula structure ensures the excellent product quality and color stability of Windsor Newton watercolor paint. In the history of the development of art paints, watercolor craftsmanship has achieved unique development and perfection in England.
2. Watercolor painting is one of the most widely used painting methods in the world. The reason it is popular is that when using the watercolor box paint, it can achieve perfect results in brightness and texture. Water paints can be diluted with water without solvents. Brushes and other painting tools can also be easily cleaned with soapy water. Therefore, it is an ideal painting material for schools, families and studios.
3, watercolor paint can be diluted with water in different proportions to achieve different levels of color transparency.
4, Windsor Newton watercolor paint can be successfully applied to most of the screen, but the artist is usually used in paper or cardboard, if you use a lot of water, it is recommended that before starting to paint, the paper stretched out to prevent wrinkling.
5, when painting, in the need for white out of space, this can provide an excellent effect, which is a watercolor technique. However, white is still an indispensable part of the color palette because it softens the blended colors and achieves a transparent light effect.
Watercolor products replaced some of the high-priced pigments with lower-cost alternatives, creating a series of watercolor products that have normal high-quality standards but maintain economic costs.
The product line consists of 40 pigments, supplied in box or tube format, with good transparency, excellent color strength and good handling properties.
This series provides balanced chromatography of 40 pigments, supplied in half-box, 8 ml ointment tubes and 21 ml ointment tubes. For more information on the pigments available in each size, see our Chromatography.
By replacing some high-cost pigments with low-cost choices, the price of pigments remains at an economic level. The sources of pigments are the following: some are natural products, especially earth pigments such as dark brown and ochre; some are from metal compounds, sometimes called “traditional” or “pure”, for example Ultramarine blue.
After oil refining, large amounts of organic pigments can be produced, often referred to as "modern" pigments. Many of the pigments used in the song are organic pigments.
Pigments Product Series
The 40 pigments in this series are selected according to the primary colors (primary colors in the tube), subtractive colors (white color deviations added), color strength, opacity, and characteristics of the pigment itself. The resulting pigment chromatograms guarantee the maximum amount of pigment mix.
The Cotman watercolor product line has better consistency than the artist's watercolor product line, which is good for beginners who do not want to know too much about the characteristics of various colorants. There is a certain correlation between Cotman's watercolor and the artist's watercolor series of Windsor & Newton. For example, the familiar colors of the two series have the same hue. This allows the artist to use the two series without having to adjust the technique too much.
Because the watercolor coating is very thin, all the colors appear more or less transparent when painting on paper. The pigments used in the Goong series are highly transparent.
In general, traditional pigments are all granular, such as earth pigments and ultramarine blue. Modern organic pigments do not have the problem of particles, such as Goevin Hue pigments. If you want to avoid granulation in your paintings, use distilled water to reduce granulation, especially in areas where the water quality is very hard.
Modern organic pigments, such as Gore tone pigments, are made from very fine particles, making them strongly adherent on paper. Traditional pigments, such as earth pigments, can be easily wiped off the paper.
In Gothic Watercolors, AA or A grades are considered lightfastness levels that can be used by artists. To confirm the light fastness of a pigment, see the grade in the chromatogram or the label on the Song of the watercolor tube/box.
"Hue" refers to "traditional colors" made using modern pigments instead of traditional pigments. For example, in the Geylang watercolor, "light cadmium red Hue" refers to a "light red that closely resembles light cadmium red in color," and cadmium metal is not actually used therein. Marking the Hue series of pigments may not be a bad thing, and this series is partly due to the health considerations of avoiding the use of heavy metals.
Both the Govin watercolor and the artist's watercolor can be freely mixed. If the song requires long-term light fastness, AA or A grade pigments recommended for use by the artist should be used. The three main pigments in Govin's watercolor are lemon yellow Hue, ultramarine, and permanent rose red. If a six-color blend system is used, we recommend lemon yellow Hue, light cadmium yellow Hue, ultramarine blue, dark blue, permanent rose red, and cadmium red Hue.
White in this series
From a traditional point of view, the whiteness of the paper can provide brightness to the watercolor and make the color brighter. However, some artists use Chinese white to highlight or dim some colors to achieve this effect.
Upgrade to artist watercolor
Watercolor is more dependent on the changing characteristics of the colorant used than any other mediator to achieve results. Therefore, being able to choose from the widest range of coloring products means that you have greater choice and flexibility to develop your artwork and skills.
Upgrading to the artist's range of watercolors means that you will have a wider and more balanced pigment chromatogram to choose from, which gives you the richest choice of pigments and unsurpassed pigment brightness and transparency.