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Watercolor paint guide

The history of the watercolor
Watercolor is derived from the Latin word for water. The colors used are non-opaque water colors, which are used in a translucent painting technique. The difference to other colors is that painting surfaces such as paper or parchment shimmer through. The color mixture of an image is created by applying several transparent color layers. If the painting surface is left out while painting, light surfaces and effects form. Watercolors consist of fine color pigments, fillers, binders, wetting agents and moisturizers.
The Egyptians were early familiar with dealing with water colors, as hand-painted papyrus shows. On the other hand, in Asia water-soluble ink was used to create pictures or calligraphies. In the wall paintings and miniature paintings of the Middle Ages, the watercolor paints are still mixed with white paint to achieve an opaque color quality. Since the 9th century, colors, materials and painting techniques have continued to evolve. At first, water colors were used to color woodcuts and ink drawings. The painters Dürer and Rembrandt were masters of watercolor technique, which they often used as a preparation for oil paintings. Only in the 18th century succeeded the English painter William Turner to perfect the glaze with watercolors as an independent art direction. He is one of the most important watercolorists today. His works triggered a renaissance of outdoor painting with watercolors in the 19th century. Artists like Paul Cezanne, August Macke, Eugene Delacroix, Emil Nolde, Christian Modersohn or Maria Sibylla Merian were also very successful with the watercolor technique.

The composition of watercolor paints
Color pigments are coloring substances. Depending on their chemical structure, they may be of organic or inorganic origin. The resulting color impression is referred to as colorful or not colorful. With absorption or reflection of certain frequencies of visible light, a color stimulus is formed, which is also dependent on specific surface properties of the color pigment.
Pigments in powder form are used neat. Per watercolor two or more pigments are mixed together. Added to this are so-called fillers, which are at the same time structural agents and influence the consistency of the artists‘ colors.
The first inorganic pigment industrially produced in 1704 is the Berlin Blue. This was followed in 1885 by the Pararot, the first organic colorant. Until the 18th century, blue was the most expensive color. Because at that time, the color was obtained from the rare gem lapis lazuli.
Binders are added in liquid form. Through physical and chemical processes they solidify the watercolor after their application. As soon as it adheres to the surface by adhesion, the solvent evaporates. In watercolor painting, gum arabic is used as a binder for color pigments. The sap is obtained from the tree of the same name or special varieties of acacia. Arabic acid is the main constituent of the natural mixture of the binder from poly sugars, the polysaccharides.

The varied offers of watercolors
For the application in the field of art education are the non-toxic watercolors of Stockmar. 19 colors are coordinated so that all intermediate shades can be mixed. Contour-free and harmonic gradients enable the application of these colors in the wet-on-wet technique. They have a high lightfastness and sturdiness, long durability and fertility. The product is available in bottle sizes of 20 ml and 250 ml.
Lascaux watercolor paints are highly pigmented artist paints. Especially with traditional watercolor painting so transparent paint jobs can be achieved. These colors are suitable for brush or Air Brush. They dry to a velvety, matte surface and are redeemable. Their color depth and color intensity is resistant to aging.
The finest artist watercolor paints from Schmincke are available in premium quality with 110 shades. The high-quality pigments used are characterized by very good painting properties. Among the color pigments are 69 shades made from only one pigment.
Watercolors are also offered by Lukas, Van Gogh, Pelikan, Windsor & Newton, KOH-I-NOOR, Royal Talens and Faber.

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