Many of you are probably familiar with the Handprint website. It has a little bit of everything you might want to know about watercolor. In fact, you can feel a bit overwhelmed by the mass of it, lol. But if you are looking for substitute colors, or wonder how to test a new paper – or just almost anything you will probably find information here.
The only downside is that it hasn’t been updated for quite a long time so some of the information – especially regarding brand pigments – is outdated. But there’s still some real gold here for those willing to do a little mining.
I finally PDF’d the dang thing… it is an amazing “book” on watercolors, the best there is… saved me money too, understanding pigments and duplicating colors. I mention it so much on my blgo and yet I think people are overwhelmed by it. They just should chunk in and start learning!
That’s what I did. I would go when I had a question, find the relevant area and soak it all in. These days I mostly refer to it when I don’t have a certain color and want as close as possible from what I have. I also refer back to it for the names of artists when I’m looking to try a new color palette, and want to see what others have used.
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