Watercolour essentials

Paint

Tubes offer the highest pigment concentration and the widest choice of colours, and are best suited for watercolour mediums.

Pans are an excellent choice for students, as they are easier to carry, clean and store.

Paper & Pads

Watercolour paper stands out for its moisture resistance. Cotton fibres are stronger and more absorbent than cellulose fibres (wood pulp). Watercolour paper allows better colour spread control and thus facilitates the handling of washes.

Mediums

Watercolour mediums can enhance your work by allowing you to alter drying time, control paint flow, add texture, or smooth your blending.

Want to learn more? See our tips on watercolour mediums.

Paintbrushes

Watercolour painting is practiced on paper and requires a lot of water. Brush bristles must therefore hold large amounts of water, be very soft and easily revert back to their original shape.

Watercolour Pencils

Watercolour pencils can be worked in different ways: applied on dry paper with added water, or directly on wet paper, or by transferring colour from the pencil with a wet brush and applying it to paper.