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Watercolour Paint

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While watercolour is a relatively modern type of paint, its ancestry dates back throughoutrecorded history, and examples of watercolour work can be found in ancient Egyptian andearly Oriental art. The
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Instructions:

Modern watercolours are more water-soluble than ever since glycerine has been added to the
standard mixture of pigments and gum arabic. You’ll likely want to learn how to measure the
amount of water you use to avoid creating muddy images: The water controls the way the
colour appears more than the painter does!
Watercolours are sold in tubes and pans (liquid and solid form.) The tube form provides the
maximum concentration of colour, and is sold in wider ranges of colours. On the other hand,
pans are an excellent choice for students because they’re easier to carry, clean and store.
Since watercolour techniques consist of creating transparent effects, you only need to use
a small amount of pigment, with lots of water. That’s why tubes of watercolour paints are
smaller than tubes of oil or acrylic paint.
 
Paint quality
Like all other paints, watercolour paint is produced in fine and extra-fine ranges often labelled
for artists or for students. The main difference between the two is in the concentration and
quality of the pigments.
 
Surfaces
Watercolours are normally used on paper. The technique generally consists of spreading and
layering washes of thin, transparent layers of colour. With the paper’s texture as a base, along
with the characteristics of the paint and the various possibilities created by paintbrushes
and accessories (sponges, cloths, blades, etc.), watercolour artist can create the illusion of
pronounced textures even if the colour is never applied in impastos.
 
Watercolour papers are specially designed for the medium, and are a much better choice
than canvases prepared for oils or acrylics. Even a base coat of gesso doesn’t make for an
ideal surface for beautiful washes. Photocopy-grade papers and drawing papers are too thin; they wrinkle too easily or shred if you paint in strong strokes. The highest quality of
watercolour papers are made of cotton fibres, and are often labelled 100% rag. They are less likely to deform, and can be stretched when wet. Many beginner-level watercolour papers are made of ordinary paper pulp (e.g.: wood pulp,) and they don’t stretch as well as cotton-based papers.

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