Watercolor is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution. Watercolor refers to both the medium and the resulting artwork. Watercolors are usually translucent, and appear luminous because the pigments are laid down in a pure form with few fillers obscuring the pigment colors. Watercolors can also be made opaque by adding Chinese white. Watercolor painting has the reputation of being quite demanding; it is more accurate to say that watercolor techniques are unique to watercolor. Unlike oil or acrylic painting, where the paints essentially stay where they are put and dry more or less in the form they are applied, water is an active and complex partner in the watercolor painting process, changing both the absorbency and shape of the paper when it is wet and the outlines and appearance of the paint as it dries. The difficulty in watercolor painting is almost entirely in learning how to anticipate and leverage the behavior of water, rather than attempting to control or dominate it.


Academy Watercolors
Grumbacher’s line of watercolor paints is called Academy, it is a collegiate line of 60 watercolor paints at an affordable price. Only finely ground pigments are used in making this smooth, rich paint. Either straight from the tube or when mixed with white, strokes and washes are vibrant and luminescent.


Artists Watercolors
Holbien’s Artists Watercolors are available in available in 108 highly concentrated colors that are transparent and preserve the brush handling qualities inherent in Japanese watercolor techniques. Their artist watercolor affords the user greater control in the dispersal of their pigments, enhances handling qualities and delivers color of unequaled intensity, purity and reliability for brilliant transparent washes and/or powerful, clean darks.


Artist Professional Watercolor
M. Graham’s watercolor line is created with exceptional amounts of pigment in a time-honored binding medium of pure gum arabic and natural blackberry honey. By using honey as an essential ingredient in their binding medium, it contributes to moistness for smooth, easily controlled applications, increased pigment concentrations, and freedom from over reliance on preservatives. The watercolors resists hardening on the palette, or in the tube because of the added honey.  It dilutes easily, often after months of disuse.
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Professional Watercolors
Winsor & Newton has a great line of watercolor paints as well as new ways to use watercolors. Their traditional lines include Professional Watercolor Paints and Cotman Watercolor Paints, their new lines consist of Watercolor Sticks and Watercolor Markers that can be used in the same manner as watercolors. The Professional Watercolors use only the purest pigments and are known for their brilliance, permanence and strength of color. There Professional color range is classed as “permanent for artists’ use” and is rated AA or A for permanence to ensure that the colors used today will appear the same for generations to come.


Cotman Watercolors
The Cotman Watercolor line comes in 40 different tones and affordable but uncompromising on quality. They are know for their excellent tinting strength and are easy to work with.


Watercolor Sticks
With the new line of Watercolor sticks artists can be applied dry and directly onto paper like a pencil, then wet with water to create stunning, soft water color washes. The sticks use the same professional grade pigments as Professional Water Color tubes and pans, they produce vibrant color both wet and dry, creating powerful drawings and paintings alike.


Watercolor Markers
The Watercolor Markers are perfect for artist who are interested in fine detail but can also utilize the color to create a light wash.  Blending varies depending on the paper you use, but the marker is designed to make gorgeous washes when combined with water and the dual nibs, allow for fine detail and sweeping line thicknesses.




Designer Gouache
Holbien’s Designer Gouache line moves, reacts, blends and feels like traditional gum arabic gouache. The gouache paint is more finely ground than other competing products. There are  no whitening agents are added to increase opacity so it will always give consistent reliable results without “milking out”, darkening or muddiness. The Designer Gouache line carries up to 89 brilliant opaque colors to choose from.


M.Graham’s Gouache is pure color, crafted with high-performance light fast pigments with no chalk or adulterants that tend to degrade the appearance of the color when dry. Each color is formulated with pure, Northwest honey for layered application without cracking. Balanced quantities of gum arabic and water are combined with large amounts of pigment to achieve a high degree of flow for strong brush strokes and direct, smooth application without loss of brilliance. The nature of the each pigment creates variations of opacity.
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Designers Gouache
Winsor & Newton’s Designers Gouache paints are popular among designers, illustrators and commercial artists. Gouache paint is perfect for creating bold, vibrant artworks. All these tones are intermixable and you can pair them with our water colors for a flat, matte color effect. There complete line has 82 opaque gouache colors.