I'm new to watercolor and art. But I love watercolor!! Being new I don't know a lot about the supplies and stuff. At the beginning of June I got. Koi sketchbook. I really like it. My favorite colors though are starting to show white at the bottom of the pan in the middle. The edges are still there though.
There was a sale at target and I got target brand kids watercolor. I started using them too & they aren't as nicel they are quite transparent and stickier (if that's possible). I did one sketchbook page with a blue yesterday & started using it again today only to see white t the bottom of the blue.
Are all watercolors used up quickly? What brands are
2. Good qquality and
3. Long lasting - wont be almost gone in two months.
Unless two-three months is normal. Then, I'd be looking for the most affordable kind,
To get reasonable results with watercolor you have to be working with at least "student" grade watercolors and paper. It sounds like you are using a set of pan colors. I would suggest that you check Cheap Joe' Art Stuff on the internet. On the home page, search for "student pan watercolor sets". A number of good solutions will come up. Prices are pretty reasonable.
You can not get good results with poor art supplies. This is even more true when working with watercolor. You will be learning a lot of new and interesting things and you have to be able to depend on your paint, paper and brushes.
Thank you! I just looked at the site. The winsor & newton sets like nice and not overly pricey. Someday Id like to try tube watercolors. Do they last longer? When you paint daily for an hour or so maybe 2 hours. How long should a water color set last? Like till you use up the paints & need to buy something new?
Grumbacher tube colors are very nice quality and less costly than Winsor Newton to start out with, but I love Winsor Newton tube colors for real quality.
Remember, if your tube colors dry on your palette they can still be reactivated with water like pan colors. Get a palette with many little compartments around the edge for the various colors. Some come with a plastic lid too to help delay drying.
If you are interested in trying watercolor tubes, I suggest that you start out with a set of Cotman student grade watercolor tubes made by Winsor & Newton. Cotman is a very good brand of student watercolors and their brushes are excellent. Their starter set of small tubes can give you a chance to try your hand with tubes at a reasonable price.
I usually keep a pallette of paint going in good working shape for at least two months. I use a thin molded plastic pallette about 12 x 15 inches with small wells for paint around the outside edge. It comes with a separate lid. The center of the palette area is open for mixing color.
A small amount of paint is released from the tubes into the small wells as particular colors are needed. I use a small atomizer with water to spray a mist on the paint just to keep it fresh. I do this just after a color is introduced to the pallette and after the painting session is over. Keep the open mixing area cleaned off after you mix and use a color. The mixing area can be wiped off to a clean surface cuickly with damp Kleenix. I also use a plastic water squirter, like people use to dampen clothes for ironing. When a painting session is finished, I squirt clear water in the mixing area and spray a mist of water on the paint wells—then put the lid over the pallette. Do this and your paint should last you a while.
Also I find a plastic jar lid that a bath-size bar of Ivory soap will fit into snuggly. Carve a shallow recessed area in the soap that is almost the entire area of the top of the bar. Keep a pool of water in the soap and wash off your brushes as you are finished with them.
You'll find the paint and the pallette at Dick Blick Art Materials. The pallette similar to the one I described is the "Blick covered pallette" under "watercolor pallettes."
I could go on—but that's it for now.
I use " Goop" hand cleaner to clean my brushes. It's also great for cleaning oil paint from brushes and hands too. It leaves the brushes softly conditioned. It is less alkaline than Ivory Soap it has a ph closer to neutral. Probably better for fine sable brushes.
For inexpensive but great color in a little set, I like the little Yarka sets of - I get them for my grands - 12 and under.They come in sets of 8, 10, and12-color palettes of naturally pigmented, liquid-poured, transparent watercolors.
I have found that for student-grade tubes, Van Gogh are surprisingly good, and the price is good - Dick Blick has them for $2.30 a tube. Several years ago, I compared several brands of a few colors and I thought they were comparable to more expensive paints; much better than the student grades of Grumbacher and Winsor & Newton.. There is something luscious about professional grade watercolors though, so if you enjoy painting with watercolors, don't wait too long before getting them.
I read some place a long time ago that she recommended squeezing out a dollop sized between a chocolate chip and a Hershey's Kiss. Too little is frustrating and too much is unnecessary. Fresh paint is always nice but squeezing your favorite pigments into a portable palette and letting them dry is lovely to take with you for painting away from home.