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A Guide to Watercolor Paints and Brands

Ana Victoria Calderón, Artist

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12 Videos (3h 48m)
    • Trailer

    • Introduction & Overview

    • Supplies

    • Pan Sets

    • Liquid Watercolors

    • Tubes

    • Neon Watercolors

    • Metallic and Pearlescent Watercolors

    • Handmade Watercolors

    • Show and Tell

    • Ink and Extras

    • Final Project, your own guide.

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About This Class

Hey class! I have been teaching watercoloring for quite a few years now, and one thing I have noticed is that participants always want to know MORE about art supplies, specifically watercolor types and brands. Lucky for you, I have a BUNCH of different watercolor sets I am eager to share with you today. We will compare and review different brands, including quality, vibrance, lightfastness, transparency level, grain, presentation and pricing. My goal is for you to discover new types of paints and figure out which is the best brand for you!

We will go over pan sets, watercolor tubes, liquid watercolors, metallics and even neons!

Your final project will be creating a watercolor guide of your own. The project gallery for this class will end up being an awesome library of every type of watercolors if we all work together :D So feel free to share information with the rest of the class, this will be a great place to go back to

For each brand we will go over:

  • Quality
  • Availability
  • Sampling
  • Rarities (Unusual colors)
  • Moistness
  • Price
  • Pigmentation (actual pigments vs synthetic dyes)
  • Value
  • Vibrance
  • Mixing Space
  • Traslucency/Transparency

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What a fantastic class! I learned so much about the different brands and types of paints, as well as how watercolour paints work in general. Lots to think about and plenty of information to take away with me after watching this class!
Excellent explanation of brands, price range, and how the brands perform!
A wonderful class to discover new brands of watercolor and encourage experimentation with your own sets (pans vs tubes vs inks). Well worth your time!
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My name is Ana Victoria Calder?n, and I'm an American/Mexican artist based in Mexico City. I have a degree in Graphic Design with continued studies in Fine Arts. Over the past 7 years I have developed a signature watercolor technique, which I am very excited to share with you!

I teach a few in person workshops and creative retreats a year, sell my art prints and products online and license my art to amazing companies, including Hallmark, Papyrus, Demdaco and Trader Joe's. I also paint ...

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