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WATERCOLORS FOR BEGINNERS-BASIC SUPPLIES

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Hello all you lovely people :)How perfect life can be with a bit of sunshine, a piping hot cup of your favorite beverage and a book! Ah life’s silly little pleasures. Bliss!

 Though I’m a through and through coffee person(filter kaapi* being my favorite), I do like the occasional lazy sipping of tea. Tea is quite the lazy beverage if you ask me. The days I feel I need to just relax and do nothing, tea comes handy and on days when I need to get my mind working, coffee does!

Now about the main part of this blog post. Watercolors! I have been fascinated with using watercolors for quite some time.It’s one of those mediums which has limitless possibilities. It can be used to create the most free flowing paintings to the most technically correct one. The options are endless!

Here below, I’m going to highlight some basic tools that I use with watercolors. This will be part one of  a series of watercolor tools,techniques and tips.

1.Sakura Koi Watercolor Travel Box SetThis pan set is very convenient for travel. It almost fits the palm of the hand and has a palette, a small brush and a sponge with it. 
 
2.Winsor & Newton Cotman Tube Watercolors These are tube watercolors. They are efficient while mixing large quantities of paint. 
 
3.Fuji Colors*These are pigmented paper which can be torn and put in a palette. Add a bit of water and viola you get bright pigmented colors. They are similar to the consistency of ink and are great for vibrant paintings.
 
4.Winsor and Newton InksThese are pigmented inks which give bright colors and can be used directly without water or can be diluted with a bit of water depending on the hue required.
5.Brushes<a>Round Brush-Generally used to lay down color. It is sort of like an all-purpose brush.A round 8 size can be used a basic brush.
<b>Flat Brush-Can be used to do angled details,scraping and giving texture to the painting.
<c>Mop Brush– These are used for large washes of color. They can be used for wetting large areas of paper with water.
<d>Rigger Brush– A fine brush used for details in a painting.
<e>Water brush– These can be used for travel. They have a barrel which can hold the water and a fine tip for detailing.
<f>Toothbrush– For spraying watercolor to give a nice effect to the painting.
6.Masking FluidThis white liquid can be used to mask a specific area while painting. They can be used in negative painting.
 
7.PalettesThese are used for mixing colors.
 
8.Watercolor PaperThere are cold press, hot press and rough papers. Cold press has a bit of texture and is the most common. Hot press is smoother and can be used for detailed watercolor paintings. Rough has a slightly exaggerated texture than cold press. The above photo shows a 300 gsm cold press paper by Daler-Rowney.
 
 
These are some basic tools that I use while doing a watercoloring painting. Just a heads up that I am not a professional watercolorist and I have very limited knowledge of this medium and these are just the materials I use for painting. But hopefully this will be of use to some of you!
Cheers until next time !
*Filter Kaapi is a traditional south indian coffee which is very sweet and milky. 
*Fuji colors are not very common. I stumbled upon these while visiting a stationary shop in Bangalore,India. I have not found these elsewhere (Dubai or Qatar) or even online.