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Watercolor is a painting on paper or cardboard with colors diluted in water. It is also the name of the technique used in this type of painting, and the colors with which it is done.

The colours used are more or less transparent depending on the amount of water with which it is mixed, and sometimes they show the background of the paper, which is usually white and acts as a real shade.

The product used for painting is composed of pigments bound with gum arabic or honey. Watercolour is used by painting in transparent layers, in order to achieve maximum brilliance and ease in the composition being made.

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MeiLiang Watercolor Paint Set, 36 Vivid Colors in Pocket Box with Metal Ring and Watercolor Brush, Perfect for Students, Kids, Beginners and More

  • 🎨 Adopted High Quality Arabic Gum: The arabic gum can increase the gloss and transparency of watercolors. It will also heighten the intensity of the colors and make the paint more soluble
  • 🎨 High-pigmented: The set has great color selection, high pigment quality, mixes well. And there's no chalky or grainy feel to them after they are dry.
  • 🎨 Well-designed Package: Comes with sturdy metal case with easy to open/close lid, and the flip cover can be used as palette; brush included; the metal ring under the case makes it easy to hold the paint set when you are creating.
  • 🎨 Safe and Fun: ASTMD4236 certified non-toxic, perfect gift for your kids, friends, students and anyone who love painting.
  • 🎨 Satisfaction Guaranteed: We prides ourselves on the high quality of our products, and customer satisfaction is very important to us, so contact us if you have any issues or are unhappy with the product and we will guarantee a resolution
 

AROIC Watercolor Brush Set, with a Watercolor Paint, 36 Color,and a Package of 10 Brushes of Different Sizes, The Best Gift for Beginners, Children and Art Lovers.

  • Various colors: watercolor pigment tray, with 36 different bright and beautiful colors, to meet your strong demand for color. At the same time, the packaging box is packed in a strong and durable plastic box, which is convenient for storage and carrying.
  • High Quality Brushes: Independently packaged brushes, 10 multi-functional brushes with different sizes, durable anti shedding bristles, rust proof nickel ferrule and strong wooden handle. You can use the brush to describe the details of your paintings.
  • Safe and Non-toxic: Watercolor pigment set does not have any harmful substances, please feel free to use.
  • Convenience: you can use this watercolor paint set to paint anywhere you want.
  • Service: If our products have any quality problems, you can contact us, we have a special one-to-one customer service.
 

MEEDEN Watercolor Paint Set, 42 Assorted Colors Foldable Paint Set with 4 Brushes, Travel Pocket Watercolor Kit for Students Adults Beginning Artist Watercolor Painters Field Sketch Outdoor Painting

  • 42 Colors: Colors are vibrant, strongly pigmented, rich, clear and crisp, easy to blend to create an endless range of colors. Non-toxic, quick to dry, resistant to fading and discoloration from direct sunlight. They make your work colorful and beautiful
  • Watercolor Travel Set: Great portable watercolor paint set, a point tip water brush and a mixing paint palette. Sleek, compact and lightweight watercolor paint set slips easily into your jacket pocket, travel bag and backpack. Perfect size for travel and field sketch painting, affordable and in decent quality
  • New Package Design: Saving Space foldable watercolor paint set hold is easy for pigment display and collapses for easy storage. There are color charts at the bottom of each layer, easier for you choosing colors. The size of this watercolor paint set is 19.5×5×2.4cm(7.7×2×1)inch
  • Widely Use: Art painting kit for adults and kids coloring drawing. Hassle-free painting for home, work, school, and travel, ideal gift for Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Graduation or other celebrations
  • Warm Tips: In order to avoid sticking to each other, better to keep them spread out to dry before folding up. If anything inside appears broken on arrival, let us know and we will get to you within 24 HOURS.
 

TBC The Best Crafts 36 Colors Watercolor Paint Set, Portable Travel Watercolor Pan Set with Paint Brush, Student Quality Watercolor Cake for Kids

  • ✦ TBC Classic 36 Colors Watercolor Pan Set, comes in with 1 Paint Brush. Excellent color performance, natural watercolor blooming effect, high pigment load, quick drying, and durable consistency. All colors are intermixable.
  • ✦ TBC Beginners Must Have Watercolor Paint Set, makes it a perfect gift for Birthday, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Eve. Suitable for preschoolers, students to painting novices, art lovers.
  • ✦ High quality transparent case shell, unique detachable lid design can be disassmebled as a seperate mixing palette, to keep the watercolor paints organized and tidy. Large capacity but light weight, easy to carry around, is an ideal arts & crafts supply choice for outdoor sketching, scrapbooking, creative interactive classroom activities, school projects, homemade/handmade holiday cards and other leisure art activities.
  • ✦ TBC Watercolor Pan Set Is 100% Non-toxic Tested and Certified for Safe Use. Conforms to ASTM D4236 & EN71. Recommended Age Rage: 3 Years & Up. What Are You Waiting For? Unleash the Art Protential of Your Little Artists!
  • ✦ TBC The Best Crafts Has Been Devoted to Provide Various Kinds of Novel Arts & Crafts Supplies for Kids to Adults, Indoor School Classroom to Outdoor Activities. Come and Find Your Right Art Supplies at TBC The Best Crafts. Enjoy Your Daily Life and Fancy Arts & Crafts!
 

GOTIDEAL Watercolor Paint Set,48 Vivid Colors in Pocket Box, with 2 Bonus Refillable Water Blending Brush Pens,Rich Pigment Perfect for Artist, Students, Kids, Beginners & More-Portable with Palette

  • REAL BRUSH TIP: Water pens have flexible nylon paint brush tips allow for broad and fine strokes
  • PORTABLE: No leaks, no hassle, no mess; Easy art on the go with a convenient storage case
  • ARTIST GRADE: Highest Quality Raw Materials are selected to make our watercolor paint set. They are uniquely formulated to ensure the best quality.
  • Large Selection of Colors: Whether you’re new to watercolor painting or a seasoned artist, colors like Lemon Yellow, Sky Blue & Crimson Red will free your imagination.
  • Safe to Use: NON-TOXIC & QUICK DRY. AP, ASTM D-4236 and EN71-3 (CE) certified. Great for creative adults, teens and kids.
 

Watercolor Paint Essential Set - 24 Vibrant Colors - Lightweight and Portable - Perfect for Budding Hobbyists and Professional Artists - Paintbrush Included - MozArt Supplies

  • 24 ESSENTIAL COLORS – Our color palette has been carefully selected by a team of artists to help bring your watercolor paintings to life – Colors are vibrant, strongly pigmented, rich, clear, and crisp – Easy to blend to create an endless range of colors! The best art kit to add to your art supplies
  • SLEEK PACKAGING – The watercolor pan paint set comes in a lightweight and sturdy metal box– Card wrap adorned with beautiful artwork created with our paints, makes for a very impressive gift - Includes one paint brush – Metal lid has 3 partitions and can be used as a mixing palette for easy blending of watercolors
  • PREMIUM GRADE – High quality, Non-toxic (ASTM tested) paints perfect for art students and artists – Also a great kids paint set to encourage a passion for kids arts and crafts - Fantastic back-to-school beginners watercolor set too – Ideal gift for Birthdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Graduation
  • PORTABLE – Great travel watercolor set - Paint anywhere: park, beach, train, home, art class or in the studio – Use with MozArt Water Brush Pens for easy on-the-go painting - Also ideal to use with MozArt's watercolor pad and watercolor brush markers
  • SATISFACTION GUARANTEED - MozArt Supplies prides itself on the high quality of its products - Customer satisfaction is very important to us, so contact us if you have any issues or are unhappy with the product and we will guarantee a resolution
 

Arteza Classic Watercolor Paint, Set of 36 Vibrant Color Cakes, Includes 1 Water Brush Pen, Travel Watercolor Kit for Adults, Artists, and Students

  • Complete Watercolor Set with Brush - Get everything you need to start making masterpieces with this convenient art kit of watercolor paints and refillable brush.
  • Compact & Travel-Friendly: Take this small and portable watercolor set with you as you create on-the-go. The durable plastic case protects your paints and you can place the cap on the refillable brush to prevent leakage as you travel.
  • Just Add Water: Start painting without worrying about messy watercups. Simply grab your refillable brush and add a dab of water to each color you need to use.
  • Safe and Non-Toxic: Each set is carefully tested and conforms to ASTM D-4236 standards for your safety.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed - If your watercolor set with a refillable brush does not perform to your expectations, we are happy to provide you with a replacement or refund.
 

Watercolor: A History

  • Hardcover Book
  • Salé, Marie-Pierre (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 400 Pages - 10/06/2020 (Publication Date) - Abbeville Press (Publisher)
 

Watercolor Paint Set with Brushes - 24 Premium Watercolors + 12 Artist Paint Brushes, Watercolor Tubes Painting Set for Kids Students Beginners Professional Artists, Great for Watercolor and Acrylic

  • Perfect Performance For Watercolor Painting - Our watercolor specially selected high-quality Raw Materials to manufacture our superior acrylic paint set, which is outstanding in the market. It‘s quite a brilliance and color clarity, with great concentration for easy mixing and blending. A variety of fresh and modern colors meet your painting needs.
  • Super Value Watercolor Paint Kits - For a happy painting journey, our package included all accessories to meet your needs. It comes with 12pcs artist watercolor paintbrush, a color palette, a palette knife and a sponge. It's a super value paint kit you should never miss.
  • 12 Pcs Artist Level Painting Brushes- Whether you're a hobbyist or a professional, this artist's paintbrush set will help you make gorgeous art! The bristles hold a good amount of paint, it can use for watercolor, acrylic, and even oil painting. You can paint on fabric, canvas, wood, or board--The many shapes and sizes give you plenty of options.
  • Non-Toxic & Safe Even for Kids - Our watercolor paints are kid safe as they are non-toxic, acid-free and conform to ASTM D4236 and EN71, which ensure each pigment and every color is safe for artists of all ages, including children. (Better suitable for kids over 3 years old.)
  • A Great Gift Set for All Ages - This watercolor paint set is perfect for your arts & craft projects and more. It's all in one great choice for holiday/birthday/Christmas gift for both kids and adults, the best way to encourage passion for kids arts and crafts. As we provide a 100% satisfaction after-sales guarantee, you could buy with confidence, with any problem, please contact us first.
 

Arteza Real Brush Pens, 48 Colors for Watercolor Painting with Flexible Nylon Brush Tips, Paint Markers for Coloring, Calligraphy and Drawing with Water Brush for Artists and Beginner Painters

  • Amazing Quality for the Money: Try them & see for yourself. These premium paint pens offer richer colors & finer, more flexible tips than you'd get with costlier brands. Value pack provides 48 pens.
  • Endless Creative Options: Use your Arteza Paint Brush Pens with water to create delicate watercolor effects. Or, use without water for dry-brush painting, sketching, coloring, calligraphy & more.
  • Mess-Free Watercolors: These paint markers give you precision control, so you can easily do everything from light pastel washes to subtle shading & gradients. Without fuss, muss, mess, or worry.
  • Like Real Brushes (Only Better): Each brush pen has a soft, supple tip made of durable nylon brush hairs. Use the tip's tapered point to create thin lines. Brush down for thicker lines & strokes.
  • Safe, Nontoxic & Guaranteed: ACMI-certified for safety, your Arteza painting & drawing pens come with our special promise: If you have problems, just let us know & we'll send you a free replacement.
 

160 Professional Watercolor Pencils, Watercolor Pencil Set for Coloring Books, Artist Pencils Set, Premium Artist Soft Series Lead with Vibrant Colors for Sketching,Shading & Coloring in Tin Box

  • √ 160 ARTIST QUALITY WATERCOLOR PENCILS: Why pay a fortune for premium art pencils? This New and Improved artist quality watercolor pencil set gives you the same professional quality you'd get with far costlier brands, high pigment content and value for money.Try it & see! (Each pencil is labeled & numbered for easy color identification)
  • √ UNIQUE WATERCOLOR EFFECT: Come with 160 different Watercolor Pencils in a tin box. With just a dab of a wet brush, these water-soluble colored pencils allow you to blend, layer, and create unique effects that lend drama to your artwork. Your watercolor pencils have soft, break-resistant cores made from lightfast pigment that won't fade over time.
  • √ VIBRANT COLOR & HIGH QUALITY: 160 shades give you limitless creative freedom. Each pencil is made of durable basswood with a strong core, neatly packaged in a stunning presentation tin box. The thick lead of our pre-sharpened art pencils allows for great blending, layering and shading with each other and other premiere brands.
  • √ NON-TOXIC: Our watercolor pencils for kids, teens, and adults conform to all safety standards. A non toxic formula makes them safe for kids who can enjoy arts without being exposed to harmful chemicals. Long-lasting quality makes them great for every level of expertise.
  • Our gorgeous colors and design tools are neatly organized and arranged in a tin box so you can create art wherever you go.
 

Kuretake GANSAI TAMBI watercolor 36 Colors set, Handcrafted, Professional-quality pigment inks for artists and crafters, AP-Certified, Blendable, Show up on dark papers, Made in Japan

  • [36 Colors] Gansai is traditional Japanese watercolor, utilizing colors that are based off those seen in nature, meaning they are vivid and opaque. Pans are carefully filled with paint that is smooth, not granulated, and dries with a slight shiny finish.
  • [Flexible Techniques] Paints do not leave hard edges when dry, making flat-washes easy to accomplish, and are easy to layer with proper technique.
  • [Brush Dexterity] Gansai Tambi Pans are much larger than typical watercolor pans, giving you the ability to use both small or large brushes quite easily.
  • [Palette and Color chart included] Within each Gansai Tambi set is a protective sheet that not only keeps your pans from shifting but can be used as a palette mixer. Each box also includes a color chart so you can swatch the colors yourself and distinguish between them quickly.
  • [Beautiful Packaging, Ideal for Gift-giving] Water-based pigment is ACMI-certified, and packaged in a simple cardboard box with elegant green washi overlay. Perfect for gifts.
 

Wilderness Watercolor Landscapes: 30 Eye-Catching Scenes Anyone Can Master

  • Amazon Kindle Edition
  • Blume, Kolbie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 10/06/2020 (Publication Date) - Page Street Publishing (Publisher)
 

OOKU 7 Pc Paint Brush Set Include Flat/Round/Fan Brush, Liner | Professional Watercolor Brushes for Acrylic, Oil, Watercolor and Gouache Painting | Artist Paint Brushes for Canvas, Art, Craft Paint

  • ✏️Professional Paint Brush Set: 8 different sizes of Artist-grade Acrylic paint brushes to ensure that you always have the right paintbrush for your masterpiece. Featured wooden handles in black color with the proper size, which is convenient for you to hold and a plastic cap to protect the brush for long-lasting use.
  • ✏️Anti-Shedding Durable Nylon Watercolor Brush Set: High-quality watercolor paint brush set lets you stop worrying about paint brushes that rust, shed, and fall apart, so you can focus on your art instead. Durable easy-to-clean synthetic bristles make cleanup a snap.
  • ✏️ ERGONOMIC HANDLES: Each watercolor brush is carefully designed, with a long solid wooden handle in special painting color, straight and persistent foaming, providing the perfect combination between balance and comfort, to deliver consistent paint strokes that every artist desires.
  • ✏️VERSATILE PAINTBRUSH SET: Ideal for watercolor, oil, acrylic painting, special effects makeup, face painting/miniature, model, craft, rock painting, etc. Comes in Wool Pouch, can be the best Christmas Gift for your kids, friends, novices, beginners, artists, or anyone who have fun painting.
  • ✏️EASY TO WASH: These paintbrush set are easy and smooth to draw, which is convenient to clean. Just wash the brushes with water and dry it at a cool and dry place. If the hair becomes deformed, just put it in warm water and shape it with hands softly to make it well.
 

Watercolor Paint Sets Bulk Set of 12 With 8 Washable Colors, Quality Paintbrushes for Kids and Adults - Perfect for Birthday Party Favors, Classroom Activities, Art Classes

  • Develops fine motor skills! Painting develops fine motor skills and teaches color mixing and blending. This set of paint provides an exquisite introduction into the wonderful world of art.
  • Kids favorite pastime! Kids love to paint! Its relaxing, fun, gets their creative juices flowing, and it allows them an opportunity to express themselves.
  • Made from non-toxic materials. Safe for children to use, and washable, cuz we know that they often tend to mess up especially when painting!
  • Great value! Bulk set of 12 with plenty to go around. Perfect for use in classroom setting, daycare, or used as a party favor for a birthday party or any occasion really. Each set feature a self-contained plastic box including eight colors and a brush.
  • Love it or your money back. Backed by our 100% money back guarantee and manufacturer's warranty.
 

Watercolor Paint Set for Kids and Adults - Vibrant Watercolor Set with 36 Colors and 12 Paint Brushes - Art Supplies for Students and Professional Artists

  • EXPRESS YOURSELF AND LET YOUR UNIQUE CREATIVITY SHINE - Our water color kit is a watercolor paint set kids will love and a must have for beginner artists and professionals. Be your own Picasso!
  • 36 VIBRANT WATER COLORS FOR PAINTING - Enjoy a large variety of high pigment paints in this beginner paint set. Use the 36 watercolor paint set colors alone or mix them to create unique, vibrant colors.
  • TRAVEL WATERCOLOR CAKES INCLUDE 12 PAINTING BRUSHES OF VARIOUS SIZES - Whether your pictures call for big broad strokes or detail work, this water color set contains various brushes so you can choose the one best tailored to your artwork.
  • WATER COLORS FOR PAINTING FOR KIDS TEENS AND ADULTS - This kids watercolor paint set is not just for children. Our non-toxic paints are a suitable art set for kids or adults and will be loved by all ages.
  • PAINT PAN LID CAN BE USED AS PALETTE TO MIX COLORS - The case in our kids watercolor painting set will curb potential messes by giving you the space to freely mix and match the paint set watercolors.
 

Watercolor Paint Set- 36 Joyful Colors in a Lightweight Metal Case - 1 Detail Paint Brush-3 Water Brush Pens-8 pcs 300G Watercolor Papers in a Great Gift Box for Thanksgiving Christmas

  • ♥ Set include: 36 vibrant and Non-Toxic watercolors-1 lightweight and portable metal case-1 nylon detail brush pens-3 different brush tips water pens-8 pcs 300g watercolor paper-1 beautiful gift box
  • ♥Usage:drawing by 3 pcs water brush pens and 1pcs nylon detail brush pens.mix color on tin box cover.300g watercolor paper has different texture rough&fine to meet your different preferences
  • ♥Perfect Gift:our set tested by EN71 ASTM. safe for children. everything in the set has been carefully selected by us to ensure high quality. perfect gift for your kids, friends, students and anyone who love painting.
  • ♥Our 8pcs Watercolor papers are perfect.So if you think that watercolor papers are not enough.you can choose our new product:watercolor pad with two brushes.the quality are same.Our set contains almost all the necessary accessories for painting watercolors. It will bring more fun to your leisure time.enjoy it
  • ♥We are happy to serve you in any way we can and are eager to meet all of your needs. If for whatever reason you are not 100% satisfied, we will do everything in our power to make sure that you leave with a smile.
 

Hello, Watercolor!: Creative Techniques and Inspiring Projects for the Beginning Artist

  • Dickson, Jeannie (Author)
  • English (Publication Language)
  • 144 Pages - 06/16/2020 (Publication Date) - Get Creative 6 (Publisher)
 

12 Colors Watercolor Paint Set Bulk, Pack of 30, Shuttle Art Watercolor Paint Set with Paint Brushes for Kids and Adults, Washable Paint for Classroom, Parties, Kindergarten and Art Activities

  • 30 PACK VALUE SET: Shuttle Art watercolor paint class set contains 30 pack individually wrapped watercolor paints, each contains 12 vibrant water colors and 1 paint brush, which is ideal for kids and adults in classroom, parties, weeding and group activities.
  • RICH PIGMENT & EASY TO BLEND: Comes with 12 vibrant colors, each set is filled with plenty paints for one or more times use. High quality water paints guarantee rich pigment and natural diffusion in water. They have good transparency and high saturation, and are easy to blend. Watercolor paints are easy to dry, but they are reusable that you can add clean water to refresh them.
  • EASY TO USE: Each watercolor set is individually packed in a portable case with a paint brush inside. Just with a little water, you can start painting. The cover of the plastic case is removable, which can work as a mixing palette.
  • NON-TOXIC & KIDS SAFE: Conforms to U.S. ASTM D-4236 & EN71-3, non-toxic and acid-free, safe and suitable for all ages.
  • SERVICE GUARANTEE: Your satisfaction is our top priority, please rest assured to purchase our products. If you are not satisfied with our products or have any questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.
 

Watercolor Paint Set,Emooqi Premium Watercolour Paint Box with 36 Colors Pigment,2 Hook Line Pen,2 Water Brush Pen, Watercolor Paper Pad,for Artists, Painting,Professionals, Beginner Painters

  • 36 VIVID COLORS WATERCOLOUR PAINT BOX: The watercolour paint set including 36 unique eye-catching vibrant colors at your disposal, you can play your imagination and talent more freely ,it will bring your paintings to life. Colors are vibrant and rich , fine pigment powder make them soluble in water easily .With high transparency and create a natural blooming in your painting paper .Blend 36 different colors to create an endless range of colors!
  • PREMIUM GRADE–(SAFE AND NON-TOXIC ) : High quality non-toxic solid pigment , suitable for both kids above age 3 and adults . Perfect choice for holiday/birthday/Christmas sending between boys and girls , best choice for encourage a passion for kids arts and crafts . Bring this watercolour paint box and come to painting in suburbs on weekends ,enjoy a happy parent-child time!
  • HIGH PIGMENTED-SUPERIOR PERMANENCE :The powder has through finely ground ,elevated concentration and pressed , make our solid watercolor paints are durable and will not crack. And there's no chalky or grainy feel to them after they are dry. They are easy to blend colors and dry fast , fading resistant and have excellent fluid.
  • CREATE YOUR ARTWORK ANYWHERE : This watercolour paint set are suitable for beginners, painting lovers and artists . Ideal for coloring books, business cards, art diaries, sketching and creating your own artwork on watercolor pad .You can paint absolutely anywhere , the result and the presentation will surely show you it's a great value !
  • WELL-DESIGNED PACKAGE : Emooqi watercolour paint set including--36 colors solid pigment , 2 hook line pens ,2 water tank brushes ,10 watercolor papers.Both the pens and paper are individually wrapped ,the solid pigment are comes in a sturdy metal box prevent it damaged from shipping or trip.Metal lid has 3 partitions and can be used as a mixing palette for easy blending of watercolors.Packaging is well thought out and everything is made in premium quality.

History of watercolor

Everything suggests that watercolour painting followed the invention of paper in China (attributed to the eunuch Cai Lun, advisor to Emperor He of the Eastern Han dynasty), in the 2nd century AD. Already in the 13th century the Arabs introduced papermaking in Spain and the technology spread to Italy decades later. Some of the oldest paper manufacturers include Fabriano (in Italy), opened in 1276, and Arches (in France), opened in 1492.

The predecessor of watercolour in Europe was fresco – wall painting using pigments in an aqueous medium on wet lime mortar. A good example of a fresco is the Sistine Chapel, begun in 1508 and completed in 1514. The first known use of watercolor in Europe is by the Italian Renaissance painter Raphael Sanzio (1483-1520), who painted on large cardboards as sketches for tapestries. In Germany, Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528) painted watercolors in the 15th century. The first watercolor school in Europe was led by Hans Bol (1534-1593), who was influenced by Dürer’s creations. Among the British masters who used watercolor can be cited including Van Dyck, Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, Paul Sandby and Joseph Mallord William Turner, considered by some authors as a precursor of the techniques that would later develop the avant-garde. In the Spanish painting of the 20th century, artists such as Julio Quesada Guilabert, Ceferino Olivé, Francisco Bonnín Guerín, José Comas Quesada or Alberto Manrique can be mentioned.

In Japan, the watercolor executed with ink is called “Sumi-e”. In Chinese, Korean and Japanese painting it has been a dominant pictorial medium, often executed in monochromatic black or sepia tones.

Composition and techniques

Watercolour, a transparent painting technique (unlike gouache, which is more opaque) uses fine pigments or inks, mixed with gum arabic to give it body and glycerine or honey to give it viscosity and to bind the dye to the painting surface. All watercolors pale when exposed to the sun, the colors remain the better the quality of the pigments. It is possible to find the colors in tubes or tablets, in both forms the differences between pigments are appreciated, for example with manganese blue a granulation is obtained.

The watercolour technique is based on the superimposition of transparent layers -washes-, using the whiteness of the paper to obtain effects and touches of light. As more washes are superimposed, the color becomes deeper. The colour of the watercolour can be modified by adding or removing water, using brushes, sponges or rags.

The washing technique allows for the creation of gradients or uniform washings, even overlapping colours. With the wet on wet technique, the watercolor is painted on the previously wet support, obtaining a different effect. Pigment washings can also be performed once dry, depending on the paper, pigment and water temperature. Cleaning with a sponge or other absorbent element, scraping, are some examples of the wide possibilities offered by watercolour. The colours used can only be used if they are transparent (depending on the amount of water in the mixture) and sometimes allow the background of the paper to be seen (white), which acts as another true shade.

Types of media

The most common support for this technique is paper, there is a great variety of textures, thicknesses, weights and colors, your choice depends on the style of the artist. The watercolor paper is classified according to the number of grams per square meter, this varies between 190 and 800 grams, the higher the weight, the more the paper will resist the pigment and water. The weight of the paper is the second consideration for your choice, it will depend on how much water you use, since the pigment should not run and the paper should not curl. To prevent the paper from curling, it is pre-wetted and glued to a wooden fence, thus tightening it.

Another less used support is fabric or woven. There are three standard types of paper:

  1. Hot-pressed paper, has a hard and smooth surface, many artists consider a surface too slippery and smooth for watercolor.
  2. Cold pressed paper, is textured, semi rough, suitable for wide and smooth washings.
  3. Rough paper, a grainy surface, when a wash is applied you get a mottled effect from the paper’s cavities.

The choice of grain is based on your needs.

Satin grain: offers a very smooth surface, which is perfectly suited to fine lines and treatment of details.

Fine grain: this is the most frequently used texture. Its surface, neither too smooth nor too marked, slightly rougher than the satin grain, is easy to use and adapts to (almost) all situations.

The coarse grain: with its more pronounced texture, which tends to attenuate details, it demands a certain technical mastery. Not very well suited to themes rich in detail, it is suitable for colour or relief effects.