Questions tagged [watercoloring]

Watercolor is a painting medium made from suspending pigment in water. There are a variety of materials it's used on, such as canvas, watercolor paper, and vellum. Questions are about using watercolor, selecting the right materials, preserving it and more.

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What is the difference between these watercolor papers?

I heard that watercolor papers are sized with different things. I want to know what the difference is between watercolor papers sized with gelatin and sized with starch.
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Are liquid watercolors better than tube or pan watercolors? [duplicate]

I was looking at liquid watercolors like the Hydrus line from Dr. Martin. They have gotten rave reviews in magazines and websites but I need some personal feedback on liquid watercolors. Are they any ...
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Is hard water suitable for the usage of watercolor?

I do not know whether hard water is suitable for watercolor usage or if it will cause any damage to the color when it comes to archival quality. If it does cause damage, are there suggestions for ...
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Use of white watercolour paint

I've been starting out with watercolours, and have been wondering what the purpose of white paint is. The best way to make something white is to never paint on it in the first place, and other ...
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Staining vs transparent watercolor paints

I was at a life drawing session and one of the artists mentioned that I should avoid using staining watercolors but instead use transparent watercolors because transparent watercolors could be cleanly ...
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Is the Pentel Aquash water brush pen worth it?

I've seen a lot of artists use this water brush that you can refill and I was wondering if it really is worth it. I am still a novice when it comes to watercolours and I use normal watercolour brushes....
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What type of painting is this watercolor?

What is the below type of art is called? And what type of paper and colors are used here? Can you do that using acrylic colors?
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What's the best way to preserve white areas in watercolour?

When I use either artists masking fluid or shop bought masking tape it aaallllways pulls the paper apart. How do I stop that happening or what can I use instead?
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Why do pencils offer larger color variety than watercolor?

Please correct me if I am wrong, but from what I observe, you can easily get 100-150 colours in a set of pencils, but if you go for sets of watercolors, there's rarely more than 24-36. Why so?
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Kinds of paper to use with watercolors?

I mainly use Bristol, but it becomes wavy after a few coats of water. I have some regular watercolor paper, but I'm not a fan of the roughness of it. Are there other types of watercolor paper I should ...
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Restoring a poster size print

I hope this question is on-topic... I will edit it if necessary. I recently bought a large second hand poster-size print. It has some slight damage to the sides and a strange stain line across one ...
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Seeking inspiration - are there professional watercolor pencil artists and if no - why not?

I like watercolor pencil technique very much. Are there professional artists that work in watercolor pencil tehnique. If no - then why not? Soft pastels and soft pastel pencils are accepted and rather ...
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What criteria should I consider for choosing paper for watercolor pencils

I have been researching about the types of paper that are well suited for watercolor pencils. But so far, I've come across hot, cold, and rough pressed paper. I'm not entirely sure if these are the ...
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Casein Paint Shelf Life

I've been told that casein paints are great to use but that they will spoil over time, unlike acrylics and oils. How long will casein paints last in the tube? Is there any way to extend their shelf ...
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Can I use salt water with watercolours?

I'm going to the seaside at the weekend, and I plan on using my watercolours while I'm there as a way to relax. I have these brushes that can store water in the end of them so I don't need to bring a ...
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Water based ink durability on canvas

I have been drawing on canvas using Posca, Molotow, Montana Cans and MTN markers. I like to draw using black markers and applying colors afterwards. For the background colors, I use Ecoline, both with ...
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Intentionally letting watercolor paints dry before using them?

My wife uses Van Gogh watercolor paints in what I think is a really strange way. She squeezes some paint from the tube, lets it dry on the palette for 48 hours, and then uses a wet brush to paint with ...
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How long should I wait for watercolor pan activation?

Just got a Winsor & Newton watercolor set, i made a color table to test the colors. I spay the color with water as i do with schmincke ( horadam ) pans but when I tested the color was all so light,...
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How to remove black glue from Arches paper border?

Just got an Arches block of watercolor paper, parer sheets are glues together on 4 sides with a BLACK glue. It seems a really good paper but i can't find a way to remove the black glue on the border ...
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Should I consider watercolor wash outlines mistakes?

In some case when I paint small areas the paint seems to go on the borders instead spread in the water. I usually notice this effect after watercolor dries. Should I consider these outlines mistakes?...
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Which tool to use as watercolor paper press

Is there a tool I could use as watercolor paper press? Most of the time, after my drawing dries, the paper buckles. I would like to have some tool to put paper inside like a sandwich. I guess I need ...
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Should I consider lightfastness scale while choosing artist grade watercolor?

I just started to use watercolor and got a set of 6 Schmincke Horadam watercolors. I decided to get some more and looking at a color table I found out that colors have a lightfastness categorization. ...
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Print drawing on water color paper, is it possible?

I would like to know if is possible to print a digital drawing, just the outline, on watercolor paper. I would like to do it to test different watercolor result on the same drawing without redraw ...
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How to remove water-based paint?

We were painting a lantern, when someone spilled dark paint over a yellow part. The process for creating is the following: You stretch the cloth over a wooden frame. (ca 2.5m x 2.5m/ 8foot by 8 foot)...
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Basic requirements for paper to practice aquarelle

I need to choose which paper to use for aquarelle practicing. I plan to use this paper for practicing only, no need to care about the future of the painting (I can buy different paper for the final ...
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How can I make a sketch under a watercolour painting and have it not be seen?

I usually use a regular pencil to sketch what I would like to paint very faintly, but I find that no matter how light it is, it can still be seen under the painting. Once the paint is dry, I can't ...
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What do you call “negative” paint?

Many months ago, I came across an art medium used by painters. I cannot remember the exact term for this medium. It is white, but is transparent once used, I believe... having the consistency and ...
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What is a good work-flow for a water-color painting?

For the context, I am a self-taught painter. Consequently I often find myself mixing the same shade more than one time, painting different regions in no logical order etc. I would like to know what ...
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Is there a discernible difference between tube and pan watercolors?

I have some old watercolor tubes that I inherited (a lot of family gives me art supplies, since I "like art"), and I have few sets of pan watercolors. My wife and I would like to try using them both. ...
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How to remove paint fallen on an existing watercolor painting with the least damage to the painting?

Last time it happened was 15 years back, and that time I was in a painting exam. That time I didn't dare to do anything for the fear of making it worse. What would be the best course of action when I ...
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How can I prevent watercolor paper from buckling?

Watercolor paper comes in various weights and the lighter variants can buckle (also known as cockling) when they get wet. How can I prevent or reduce this from happening? Is there a preferred ...
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How to protect & preserve water color paintings

Is there a particular coating that I should be using to protect a watercolor painting? And what is the best storage option for preserving paintings?
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What are the advantages of watercolour paper over sketch paper?

I've been looking around for some paper for watercolour painting. Watercolour paper can be over double the price of sketch paper. What makes watercolour paper better? Should I invest the money, and ...