Characteristics of Watercolor

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    Sandra Strait

    While writing my review of the Daniel Smith Ultimate Mixing Set, I had to think about all the characteristics of watercolor and how they might affect the results that an artist might get because of them.  I’m fortunate in a way, in that I like to experiment and enjoy finding how the characteristics work.

    Not everyone enjoys that. In fact, most people soon find a preference, but often they aren’t quite sure why they like a certain color and simply limit their palette.  That can actually be helpful in the beginning, but can also limit what is possible.

    I found this glossary of terms at Green Leaf & Blueberry that I think explains the various characteristics in  a way that’s easy to understand.

    Katie Jones

    Watercolor paints basically consist of two main components: pigment and a binding medium.

    There are 4 basic characteristics of watercolor:

    1. Transparency and opacity

    2. Staining and non-staining paints

    3. Granulating quality

    4. Fugitive and non-fugitive paints

    Watercolor puts the fun and freedom in the abstract art. With the help of watercolor paints, you can also create famous abstract paintings.

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