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Do you speak the language of color?

Do you speak the language of color?   When you go to the grocery market, do you read the labels for ingredients?   I do.   And it’s no surprise that I read the labels on watercolor paints. If you’ve always wanted to know how to interpret the pigment labels, here is an informative article by Etchr:  The…

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Water Media Playtime class

Water Media Playtime class What do you get when you gather 14 awesome people in a room with all kinds of art supplies?   You get amazing art! Here are some of the items we used in the playtime class: I am an Amazon Associate and Jackson’s Art Affiliate, and may earn from qualifying purchases. #ad…

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Brusho, Liquid Watercolor and Acrylic Inks

Let’s take our creativity for a drive and try some new things:  Pigment crystals, liquid watercolor, and acrylic inks. Our first stop is Brusho.   This is simply concentrated watercolor pigment powder.  Think of it like freeze-dried coffee crystals.  Add water, and it makes magic.  There are two brands I use:  Brusho and Ken Oliver’s Color…

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Schmincke Limited Edition Super-Granulating paints

  Jackson’s has their limited edition super-granulating paints on sale.  Schmincke sale at Jackson’s Art Supply I love Schmincke paints, especially the Super-Granulating series:  Tundra, Forest, Galaxy, Deep Sea, and Glacier. Look at this granulation!   So awesome!   All I did was wet the rough cotton paper (Shizen)… dropped in various super-granulating paints, and allowed the…

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YInMn Blue

There has been a lot of excitement going around about YInMn Blue. Why is this so special? It is the first new inorganic blue in over 200 years!  Since this is a new color, supply is limited.   And it’s expensive.  It is about 6 times more expensive than Cobalt because one of its components, Indium,…

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Highly textured watercolor paper – Khadi and Shizen

I tried out some new paper today:  Khadi watercolor paper, 140 lb. This is handmade paper made in India from 100% long fibered cotton rag.  I admire that they use the run-off water to irrigate an organic Mango farm. It has an interesting surface which creates interesting texture.  And it can handle a lot of…

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Experimenting with Golden High Flow acrylic paints and Alcohol Inks

I love to experiment with different mediums.   I’m like a curious kid who wants to try everything!  🙂 You can use these Golden High Flow paints many ways.  (and they are on sale!) I like to use the Carbon black for monochrome paintings.   Pour a little paint into a tiny bowl or palette well, then…

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Do you want to trade/sell watercolor supplies?

Today is the one-year anniversary of the group:  Watercolor Supplies Swap/Trade led by Kristen Beltz. If you’d like to buy half-pans of paint, dot-cards, try a different brand, or if you have some you’d like to trade or sell… check out this group.   I’ve enjoyed getting to know Kristen over the last couple years, and…

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Tubes or pans?

Tubes for frequently-used colors, pans for select colors. As far as quality goes, there is no difference between tubes and pans. A pan is just tube paint that has been poured into a little plastic mold and allowed to dry. Tubes are usually cheaper than pans in the long run. You can buy empty pans…

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Artist grade or student grade?

Artist grade is excellent but expensive. Student grade is good, budget-friendly alternative. When I started watercolor painting, I was using student grade Koi paints, and loved them. I had a few Winsor & Newton Cotman tubes, too. But as I learned more advanced techniques, I wanted to upgrade to artist grade paints. For example, layering…