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Watercolour Materials: Part 1- Paint

There's something really beautiful about watercolour. 

It's one of my favourite mediums to use for its versatility and translucent quality. It offers its users an array of effects; from washy hints of colour to punchy statements achieved by 'working up' the pigment. Due to its dependency on water, there is an element of uncontrollability that can give it a look of characteristic spontaneity. At the same time, this can be a characteristic that will deter those who are new to using the medium.

It can take a lot of practice to achieve a look of 'effortlessness' with watercolour but knowing some of the tips and tricks can make this process a lot easier to navigate! As a medium it is really accessible and a great past time to be enjoyed. In this post I will share some of my tips on materials to invest in to get a kit started.

 Photo:  http://www.rachaelmichelle.com.au/

Photo:  http://www.rachaelmichelle.com.au/

 

Watercolour Paint

This can come down to personal preference whether you use a palette, paint in tubes or even watercolour pencils (which will give you a lot more control when starting out). I have recently started experimenting with Watercolour textas so there is a lot in the market to choose from!

If you are starting out the options can be slightly over whelming but fear not, there are some cost-effective options out there.

The Koh-I-Noor palettes (the 'Brilliant' palette offers some beautiful, punchy colours!) more than any other alternative and they usually retail for around $15- $25 AUD depending on how many colours you get!

Alternatively, you may be enticed by the paint in the tubes. I have recently invested in some Winsor and Newton paints for their reputation in watercolours but they do come with a higher price tag (starting from around $10 AUD per tube)!

Rather than purchasing a huge array of colours that are available in their range, I selected a 'warm' and 'cool' tone of each of the primary colours plus a 'lamp black'. Traditionally, there is little need to invest in a white watercolour paint as you will generally rely on the paper to shine through for highlights.  

If you are new to colour mixing, it's good idea to create a cheat sheet with the colours in your set so you are familiar with how you can achieve certain tones before diving into a new work.