Post by Celeste McCall on Jun 4, 2010 6:15:26 GMT -6
Dear Tami, Thanks for the thread about this. This will help all of us watercolorists perhaps share our secrets.
I vote for Arnold's colors and types of watercolor paint and his palette. It's the best ever. I used to use only Windsor & Newton watercolor paints as they consistently rank the highest in lightfast quality. But since taking with Arnold Lowrey, I am sold on American Journey which can be purchased at Cheap Joes online. Arnold has a limited set of paints for their clear application as they don't make 'mud' when used together correctly. I wish I had more time for watercolor.
However, recently, I'm sold on Golden Fluid Acrylics USED as watercolor method. There is nothing better than these high pigment paints. Only difference is that one must clean out their brush or it will dry in the brush.
However, Paula White says that for beginners she likes the set that is in art stores like Michaels called PRANG. This way they don't have to spend a lot of money on paints AND she says that they are very transparent.
They sure did some beautiful things in her class at Cazenovia with watercoloirs first....then painting their plate after they did all the design. It was great to see their own designs come forth from that class.
It is GREAT to hear that you prefer the American Journey watercolors!!!!!
I had taken a class in watercolors a year or so ago. The teacher recommended those paints and they are the ones that I have been buying. They are from Cheap Joe's and I am buying the professional line. That is truly great news!!!
Post by Cherryl Meggs on Jun 4, 2010 13:55:38 GMT -6
I love DaVincci watercolors, but may try American Journey when I use up what I have. What paper do you prefer. I like ARCHES Blocks, 140 seldom use the 300# To practice I bought the Strathmore that comes in a wired tablet. That is what Hilda Palmer used, all her watercolors I have were done on this paper. I use the aquaflow brushes, as well as the two brushes Arnold recommended. Escapes me, Celeste, what were those called, one was scrubbing in color the other was a wash brush. One was what he called a Skipper Brush the other was made by Windsor Newton. I want to order some fluid acrylics and try them out.
Post by Celeste McCall on Jun 4, 2010 16:27:18 GMT -6
Dear Cherryl, Please bring LOTS of watercolor roses to sell at your booth at convention in Irving! Everyone loves those. Also some pansies and some smaller simple (white background) designs for those who are traveling from far away. This will be great! Hope you get time to paint some besides painting all the other porcelain things for your booth.
Post by Celeste McCall on Jun 4, 2010 16:37:38 GMT -6
As far as watercolor goes...it is like all things. SHAPES! INTERESTING SHAPES!
make a bunch of trees in a landscape? don't make them like nature grows them where they are symmetrical. Make them better shapes...not the same on each side.
Don't paint green things GREEN. Add some Alizarin to the green in the shadows are add some turquoise to the green...some yellow green! Make it a tree that has LOTS of interest....not just the same green everywhere!
Post by Celeste McCall on Jun 4, 2010 17:29:17 GMT -6
Dear Tami, Use the Arches blocks. No need to stretch the paper ever. When you are done....you slide the knife under the edge of the sheet and cut around the edges very gently. Actually use just the tip of a knife (dinner knife) and it will work.
They are the best and don't warp.
But are expensive so buy them with the 40% off coupon at Michaels. or buy specials from Dick Blick or Cheap Joes. Kilamanjaro cold pressed is good and cheap....but needs to use gator board and such to make sure that it doesn't warp...
Plus the Arches blocks are already cut for sizes that fit frames (ready made).
Post by Cherryl Meggs on Jun 5, 2010 11:05:24 GMT -6
I use cold press too, Arches Blocks are the best, can't be beat in my opinion. Wow and I thought our brushes were expensive. LOL.... I love painting on the Watercolor canvas too, you can wipe back like you do China paint. But a light touch is a must as you will disturb the color underneath, if you paint too wet or overwork it. These canvas do not have to have glass if you seal them.
I will try to get some watercolors done, as they don't break and easy to carry if you are flying.
I am sitting at the Fredericksburg Art Guild today getting some painting done while here.
Post by Pam Millspaw on Jan 13, 2016 7:41:29 GMT -6
Just found this thread, Tami. I certainly am not an expert on watercolor, but it has been a year that I have been trying it.
As far as paper goes, for the Birgit O'Connor style painting, I used a Arches Cold Press art board since this style takes picking up the paper and rotating the water/color around. It was a 16X20 thick sheet and it still curled a little because of the amount of water needed.
Normally, I use an Arches block 140 lb cold press, but I also have used sheets of Fluid watercolor paper and Strathmore 140 lb cold press. Neither are as nice as the Arches block. The Strathmore I bought to experiment on.
For paint I mainly have Winsor Newton. I am still learning about the brushes. I only have a few. My favorite for holding lots of water are to paint smaller areas is a Royal Majestic and I like the Robert Simmons rounds, but they don't have a good point. For details I have very small brushes from Princeton that do the job. And I couldn't live without Cheap Joe's Fritch Scrubber for all my mistakes. :-)