My Watercolor Supplies
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Well, I want to share my watercolor supplies and a brief description of the elements and how I use them. (this came out longer than I thought
but once I started writing I just wanted to share as much as I can) 1. Sponges
A great way to suck up extra water/paint on your painting. Sponges also add texture to wet paint as well. I have a small collection of natural sea sponges (available at most art stores) and artificial sponges (for cleaning the house). Feel free to cut sponges into different shapes for more flexibility and cover large and small areas.2. Artist Quality Tube Paints
These are my main paints. I use them 90-95% for my paintings. There are 2 things I want to define for you, tube paints and artist quality paints.
Tube paints is pigment that is mixed in a thick liquid, sealed in a tube. You squeeze a little on your palette and mix with water and paint. Tube paints offer the advantage of easily mixing large amounts of paint. You can also mix the color to be very intense as well.
These are also artist quality paints. That is a general term for the best paint available. You can buy them in tube or pan form. Artist quality has the most pigment mixed with the paint, and the least amount of fillers. There are several brands that produce these paints. They are Sennelier, Winsor&Newton, Da Vinci, and Schminke. I think they all produce solid paints, but, if you forced me to use only 1 brand, I would use Winsor&Newton for their overall better blended paints and stronger performance.3. Student Quality Pan Paints
These are my travel paints. I use them for little projects and for fun. There are 2 things I want to define for you, pan paints and student quality paints.
Pan (or cake) paints is pigment mixed with binders and dries, it activates with water. Pan paints offer the advantage of being very portable and easy to manage. They are also more economical than tube paints.
These are also Student quality paints. This is a general term for paints that perform well, at a economical price. Student quality has less pigment in the paint, and more filler materials, as the pigment is the most expensive part of the paint. In fact, some pigments are so expensive, for the student quality, they use a different pigment than you find in the artist quality. Paints that use a different pigment than the artist paint is called a hue. Many companies make student quality paints, they are a great way to start your journey into watercolors. This is a set that contains Winsor&Newton Cotman paints, a good student quality paint brand.4. Paper Tape & Spray Bottle
These are 2 miscellaneous supplies of mine. I use paper tape to adhere my watercolor paper to a board. It is tough and sturdy, and stays adhered even after getting wet.
The spray bottle is great to fill with water and spray to wet the paper, or add texture to a colored area. I can also fill it with some water, tinted with paint, and spray over a large area. I also fill it with some alcohol for more cool effects.5. Friskets and Other Masks
Saving the white of the paper, or reintroducing white to a watercolor painting has many techniques, and I have the tools to produce some of them. The first item is white ink. You draw over the existing painting, where you want the white. You do the same thing with the tube on the right, it is white opaque gouache paint. It is just like watercolor, mixing it with water, except it is you cannot see through it. It is usually applied with a brush.
The bottle in the middle is a type of frisket. You paint it on a painting, before you apply paint, paint over it, and remove the frisket. I've tried several varieties, and this is my favorite, Pebeo Drawing Gum/Frisket. Though, you must remove it in less than 2 days from the paper, otherwise bad things happen.
Finally, the odd-shaped block is wax. It is a chunk of wax, a plain wax crayon works better. You draw it over the areas you want to remain white. You cannot remove the wax later, so it is a permanent whiting tool.6. Brushes
I have a ton of brushes, but these are my favorites. I'll go from left to right.
a. the tiny one is great for detail work. I use it rarely though.
b. a 3/4" brush, good for washes in smaller paintings.
c. a pure squirrel-haired brush. It feels wonderful, it moves and releases paint so nicely. I use it for larger areas, still not used to it fully, it is a great brush.
d & e. fully synthetic standard round brushes size 8 and 12. I use these brushes 80% of the time. They bend nicely, make and work to a great point, could release the paint better, but they also stand up to my pathetic brush care.
f. Sheep hair brush. Great for very large washes, used and abused a lot in college.