How to make watercolor pans

At some stage in your pursuit of watercolor art you will want to make your own watercolor pans.  Watercolors in pan format are an excellent option with a heap of benefits. They’re convenient, easy to use, portable. And in my opinion if you make your own pans they are more economical than the ready-made alternative ! So […]

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4 ways to stretch watercolor paper

​You’ve seen it happen… Right ?  You lay down a nice watery wash of paint, you settle down to enjoy your painting, and then… It all goes lopsided !  When watercolor paper absorbs liquid, it buckles and deforms, leaving ridges and depressions which make paint flow difficult to control. It’s a nuisance which all watercolor artists have […]

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Simple abstract watercolor painting for beginners

​Fancy trying some abstract watercolor painting ? Good for you. So, let’s talk about ethereality and impermanence… Nope ! Only kidding… Abstract watercolors are a whole lot of fun. And you don’t need to ponder over complicated art concepts to enjoy them. But at the same time, there’s no reason you can’t learn some interesting techniques along the way […]

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The Essential Guide to Watercolor Mixing

It’s exasperating don’t you think ? Not knowing how to mix the color you need… When I first started painting I really didn’t understand how to mix watercolors and get exactly the right hue that I needed. I would simply rely on intuition, throw a few pigments together and hope for the best ! Eventually, I started to […]

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Can you use watercolor on canvas ?

​You know what ? Watercolor paper isn’t the only surface you can paint on ! Yep… That’s right ! In fact one of the most common questions I see asked by artists is: “Can you use watercolor on canvas” ? The quick answer is “yes”. But of course it’s slightly more complicated than that. There a few things you need […]

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