Watercolor

Watercolor paints are among the most popular and most ancient of art mediums, versions of which were used by the Egyptians, in European cave paintings like those at Lascaux, as well as in beautiful works on silk and paper in Asia. However, watercolors truly blossomed and became an art form in their own right in the 18th century, and have remained a valued art medium to this very day. Artists everywhere now use watercolor paints to depict subjects ranging from botanical illustrations to abstract art and everything in between, as watercolors are such an elegant and convenient medium and can be used both in the studio and in the field with relative ease.

Watercolors are comprised of a very simple recipe: pigment suspended in a water-soluble organic binder like gum arabic, with additives like honey, glycerine, or ox gall to improve fluidity and solubility. Generally, the term "watercolor" applies to the transparent version of this recipe (gouache is an opaque watercolor, and is usually considered a separate medium). Beautiful watercolor paintings are created by harnessing this signature transparency, creating washes and layers of luminous colors that allow light to refract from the paper substrate for brilliant and subtle effects. Many different techniques can be used in watercolors, from wet-in-wet techniques to drybrushing and scumbling, using masking fluid to block off white spaces, or salt or sand to create interesting textures. The possibilities are limitless, and watercolor paint lends itself beautifully to virtually any painting subject and any artist!

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  1. Prang Ovl-16 Watercolor Set
    Prang Ovl-16 Watercolor Set
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  2. Prang Ovl-8 Watercolor Set
    Prang Ovl-8 Watercolor Set
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  3. Schmincke Watercolor Empy Half Pan
    Schmincke Watercolor Empy Half Pan
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  4. Finetec Artist Mica Watercolor Iridescent 6 Color Set
    Finetec Artist Mica Watercolor Iridescent 6 Color Set
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  5. Finetec Artist Mica Watercolor Pearlescent 12 Color Set
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    Finetec Artist Mica Watercolor Pearlescent 6 Color Set
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  7. SCHMINCKE LARGE PAN EMPTY
    SCHMINCKE LARGE PAN EMPTY
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  8. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 5ml - Van Dyke Brown
    Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 5ml - Van Dyke Brown
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  9. Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor 21ml - Permanent Rose
    Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolor 21ml - Permanent Rose
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  10. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 5ml - Scarlet Lake
    Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 5ml - Scarlet Lake
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  11. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 5ml - Perylene Violet
    Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 5ml - Perylene Violet
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  12. Winsor & Newton Permanent Masking Medium 75ml Bottle
    Winsor & Newton Permanent Masking Medium 75ml Bottle
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  13. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Turner's Yellow
    Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Turner's Yellow
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  14. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Permanent Rose
    Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Permanent Rose
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  15. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Permanent Carmine
    Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Permanent Carmine
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  16. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Winsor Red
    Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Winsor Red
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  17. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Ultramarine Violet
    Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Ultramarine Violet
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  18. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Potter's Pink
    Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Potter's Pink
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  19. Schmincke Colored Mask Pen
    Schmincke Colored Mask Pen
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  20. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Winsor Lemon
    Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Winsor Lemon
    SKU#: 47113
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  21. Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Raw Sienna
    Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor 14ml - Raw Sienna
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  22. M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Sap Green
    M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Sap Green
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  23. M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Phthalo Green
    M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Phthalo Green
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  24. M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Phthalo Blue
    M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Phthalo Blue
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  25. M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Hookers Green
    M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Hookers Green
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  26. M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Gamboge
    M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Gamboge
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  27. M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Bismuth Yellow
    M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Bismuth Yellow
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  28. M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Alizarin Crimson
    M.Graham Watercolors 15ml - Alizarin Crimson
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