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A Guide to Watercolor Paints and Brands

teacher avatar Ana Victoria Calderón, Artist

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.



    • 2.

      Introduction & Overview


    • 3.



    • 4.

      Pan Sets


    • 5.

      Liquid Watercolors


    • 6.



    • 7.

      Neon Watercolors


    • 8.

      Metallic and Pearlescent Watercolors


    • 9.

      Handmade Watercolors


    • 10.

      Show and Tell


    • 11.

      Ink and Extras


    • 12.

      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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Ana Victoria Calderón


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My name is Ana Victoria Calderon, and I'm an American/Mexican artist and author based in Mexico City. I have a degree in Graphic Design with continued studies in Fine Arts. Over the past 10 years I have developed a signature watercolor technique, which I am very excited to share with you!

I teach in person workshops and creative retreats around the world, while licensing my art to amazing companies including Hallmark and Papyrus. I also paint editorial features for magazines, some of my most recent clients are Vanity Fair, Glamour Magazine, International Elle Beauty Awards and InStyle Magazine. In addition to my client work I am the author of four published books on watercolor painting, including "Creative Watercolor" and "Color Harmony for Artists" which are great complement to ... See full profile

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1. Trailer: Hi everyone, Anna here, welcome to my new skill chart class. It's the ultimate guide to watercolor types and brands. In this new skill chart class, we will create the ultimate watercolor brand library together. I have been teaching water coloring for quite a few years now. The one thing I've noticed is that participants always want to know more and more about art supplies, specifically watercolor types and brands. Over the years, I have been collecting a large variety of different watercolor sets and I'm eager to share my favorites with you in this class. We will compare and review different brands and their characteristics including quality, vibrance, light, fastness, transparency level, grain, presentation and pricing. My goal is for you to discover new types of paints and figure out which one is the best brand for you. We will go over pen sets, watercolor tubes, liquid watercolors, metallics, neons and even handmade water colors. 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 watercolor if we all work together. Feel free to share information with the rest of the class. This will be a great place to go back to and check out everyone's favorite watercolor brands. I'm really excited to teach this class with you guys. Please feel free to join in and share your very own experiments. Let's begin. 2. Introduction & Overview : Hey guys, welcome to a guide to watercolor paints and brands. Before we get started, I just wanted to talk a little bit with you guys and explain why I decided it's time to do this class. Throughout the years, people ask me online, in classes, in-person everywhere about watercolor brands. Just like, what do you recommend? If I use something that's different or let's say neon watercolor. Everyone wants to know where I got it. Basically what I wanted to do here is just lay it all out and create this really cool guide to every single brand of watercolor that I personally own, and what I really want you guys to do is a guide for yourself. I just want you guys to lay out what you have and what you guys like to use, so we can create this huge library for everyone in the class to have all the resources and just figure out what they need to use and what the best brands are out there. We're going to go through a lot of different things. I just wanted to show you before I actually started painting that I created these little charts for you guys. We're going to go over pan sets. We're going to go over liquid watercolors, watercolor tubes, neon watercolors, metallic watercolors, even handmade water colors, and I have a little section here for extras, where I'm going to just show you some random inks that I have and for example, some people like to use wash. I'm going to show you how you can use wash as a watercolor, and just extra stuff that I think is fun. Basically what we're going to be going over is the quality of paints, the availability. By the end of the class, I want you guys to also share where you live in the world and your favorite stores or shops or if you guys like shopping online better. We're going to do some sampling. For example, here I have it set up for all the pan sets. We're going to sample the Winsor and Newton paints. I have also set out what the price range is. We're going to go over moistness, pigmentation value, vibrance, where you should do your mixing like mixing space. Then I have set up here a little translucency test so that you guys can see how thick watercolors actually are. Or it depends on what binder and pigments each brand uses. We can see if it'll really covers a spot or if you like, more transparent watercolor, if we can still see the figure behind each one. Basically I just wanted to show you this chart that I set up. You can see here every single brand has a price range and basically, we're just going to fill this whole thing out during this class. I'd like you guys to do it with whatever brands you have, even if they're cheap brands are like old watercolors that you used in school or whatever everything works. I just want a huge layout of every single brand, so we can all share information together and just have a nice library of watercolor types and watercolor brands. Now we're going to get started. I'm going to explain the basic supplies we're going need for this class and that'll be in the next video, so we're ready to start. 3. Supplies: So now we're going to talk about what kind of supplies we need for this class. Since this is actually a guide for watercolors, the more you have, the better. I want you to just like include every single brand you can find at home and share with the rest of the group. So what you basically need to show everyone else is some watercolor paper. I have a nice larger pad here for purposes of filming and stuff but if you guys have like some little samples. A sample paper like watercolor sketchbook. For example, this is a Moleskin watercolor sketchbook. These are kind of smaller. You guys can see I do like some tests here at sometimes. It's not really like where we do final work. But these kind of smaller pads are nice if you want to just experiment. It doesn't really matter what size you have. You can use something large like this, something just like very casual like that. I have here some paint brushes. I just brought along a few paint brushes here. Right now, we don't need to concentrate really that much on size or anything, but I might use this little Filbert brush to test out paints. You can also use just like a little bit of a larger round brush. I feel like these small detail ones we're probably not going to use for this class. Just something a little bit like medium size like this will be fine. Then, of course, you need some water. When we use watercolors, water is one of the most important things. I always like to keep a little paper towel close by. You can use a rag, some cloth. This is just like kitchen paper towels, and every single type of watercolor you can get your hands on. If you only have one type of water color, if you have one brand, like for example, a pan set that you work with all the time, that's perfect. I'm going to show you guys every single thing that I use here. But if you guys at home only use one brand, it'd be really cool to see what kind of brand you guys use and just like share with the rest of the class. So remember this is not really an instruction type of class, it's more of a sharing type of class. So our goal here is to have a huge library with every single brand of watercolor out there and just like share this information and kind of like what you like and what you don't like about it. Like right now for example, our first activity is going to be on pan sets. Within my pan sets, I have a set of [inaudible] , so I have this laid out here. We're also going to talk about tubes. Here's just a couple of different brands. We're going to talk about liquid water colors and a bunch more. For example, if you have a pan set, you can mix colors in this area here. If you don't, you can use a little ceramic dish or a palette. So basically that's what we're going to need for this class. We're going to get ready to start our first activity, which is going to be filling out our chart for pan sets. So get ready, get comfortable. You can just watch it this point or do it along with me. 4. Pan Sets: The first type of watercolors that we're going to talk about are called pan sets. I'm super fond of this set that I have here because you can see that it's a little bit old, it's a little bit used up. This was the very first professional watercolor pads set that I invested in. It has sentimental value for me because I remember painting so many of my original paintings with this. They are a little bit used up. A brand new set would be a little bit more vibrant, all full of colors. You can start losing them as time goes by. You can see that you can remove each individual pan. This is actually called half pans. A half pan just means that it's smaller than a full pan. For example, these larger ones, this Japanese brand I have here would be a full pan.You can see how for example, they vary in size. You can see that here, but it doesn't necessarily mean in this case that it would be larger than this because this Japanese brand fills up their pan sets just about halfway. But we'll start to get into that a bit more later. I want to talk about these individually, and then we'll compare all the different pan sets that I have. Right now we're going to start out with Winsor and Newton. Winsor and Newton is a pretty nice brand. A lot of people start out with this, they're not super expensive, but the quality is really good enough that you can do very nice paintings with these, and they last so long. I painted with this set for about three years, almost every day of my life. You guys can still see there's a bunch of paint left in here. After that, I just started buying more paints and I started using these less, but I would definitely still use this to paint. No problem. I love them. I like to clean up as best I could, these areas, but they would usually be full of mixing and stuff like you'll see my other sets that I currently use. What we're going to do now is just start to fill out our chart that we have here. Winsor & Newton is the very first one we're going to talk about. They have smaller travel sets, and this is a larger set and the price range goes from $20 to a $180. You could obviously find it far away cheaper if you go like on Amazon or sometimes Blake has some really cool discounts. But I just wanted to give you the actual retail price of what it would be so you guys have an idea. For example, I think this is a 48 set, investing in a 12 set would be really good to start out. I'm going to just start trying these out. I always like to do these in real-time because you can see how sometimes you need to just move around a little bit to get comfortable. I'm right handed so I like to have my paint on my right side so I don't cross over my paper during this whole time. All right. We're going to talk about a few things with each brand. If you're super new to watercolors, basically, all you need to do is use water. You need some mixing space here, put a little bit of water here, and then start to moisten your water colors. Basically, something that I want to talk about during this guide too, is how certain brands have certain pigments that turn into your favorite. The style that I use in painting is mixing a bunch of different colors and brands at the same time. I could use my Winsor & Newton ocher with my Sennelier Blue or something like that. You'll start to see how I mix all these together later on. But right now what I'm just doing is just adding a little bit of water to these pan sets. Watercolor really never dries completely. What I mean by this is you can just add water. For example, I don't think I've used these in two years and I'm just adding some water right now to just revive them a little bit. Get them a little bit just moist on the colors that I think I'm going to use right now to show you guys what they look like. Winsor & Newton is really a great brand to start out. You guys can see here that this is already starting to get some nice lather here. The thing that I think is really cool with Winsor & Newton is especially depending on the pigment, but you can get some really nice thick washes here. Just a quick note, if you have no idea how to use watercolors and you're just watching this right now, try to figure out what brand you want to use. I highly recommend going back to my beginner's class where I actually show you how to use watercolors. Basically, this class here is just showing you what all the different brands look like. A big thing with watercolors is obviously, you can get different values out of the same color. If we add more water like what I'm doing here, we can get these different tons using just the same pigment. I'm just basically going to play around for a bit with this Winsor and Newton's, show you different color ranges, and then we're going to do a little transparency test here, just so you guys can see if the image below will still be visible after we paint over it. All right. I'm just like basically testing out colors right now. Just wanted to show you what the vibrancy looks like. I'm actually pretty fond of Winsor and Newton paints. I use them quite a lot especially, if I need a certain tone, you can also buy these little pan sets, well, not a whole set. You can buy just a pan individually and you can fill out the rest of your set here. That's a cool thing too. For example, here I'm just going to show you a little bit of mixing. They mix really nicely. They're actually pretty vibrant, and it's just like a really noble watercolor brand. Winsor & Newton in general is great. It's a British brand, it's pretty classic, and it's a great place to start out. What I wanted to show you is my favorite personal tones. This class here is going to be what I like to use and why I like it, so you guys feel free to also share what your favorite stuff is. You can see here that I'm just grabbing some of this ocher. This is a yellow ocher I believe, but look how rich it is. I feel like I've used so many ocher more expensive brands and stuff, and this one is just really my favorite. It's super-rich. It just a great complement if you're gonna do earthy tones. It blends really nicely with other colors. I'm just adding some of the orange that we used to get a nice terracotta color. I use this color a whole lot in my work. If you're going to invest in for example, just separate pans, I would definitely get this ocher. It's super-rich. It's like vibrant, but at the same time it's very earthy. They also have really nice brown, especially these brick colored browns. You can see they're very nice. They're like orangery browns. I'm not going to talk so much about the technical, what the colors are and stuff, what their names are, I like to give them my own names and just explain why I like them. But look how rich this is. I mean, for a water color to be this like opaque, it is really nice. If you want to get some areas filled in, pretty thick. I think this color is just beautiful. It's one of my favorite tones to work in with Winsor and Newton. Here, it is with a bit more water. You can see how you can water it down and it still looks very beautiful. Again, if you want to learn more about water color mixing and how to do gradients like what I'm doing here, you can go back to the beginner class and do some practicing there. Also, all of this is going to look really different when it dries and we'll go over the whole thing when we're done filling out our pan set chart. These down here are really some of the favorite tones that I use when painting with Winsor & Newton pan sets. What I did here was I painted with some black ink a few days ago, just a few little random symbols, and this is a really cool thing to do for transparency tests. It really can show us how the quality of your paint, and you just get to test out transparencies, or if your watercolor is going to be opaque enough if that's what you're looking for. This will be a good way to tell if it will cover an image that's underneath. There we go. This yellow will be blending a little bit with the black that I have here. But for example, if we use this nice orange that I used here in the beginning, it will get a nice cover up. Remember guys, the biggest thing with watercolors is transparencies. It's so important. If you're looking for something to cover up and paint in layers and in regards to covering up like bottom layers, if that makes sense, you'll be better off using wash or acrylics. Watercolor is really about having transparencies. You can see here the Winsor & Newton are pretty transparent. Basically, see the darker you go, the less you can see the background. But still by the time it dries, you'll definitely be able to see what was underneath. Watercolors are very different depending on each brand. I wanted to start out with Winsor and Newton because it's the very first set that I used and I just wanted to show you why I think this brand is pretty good. That's very nice transparency. It's very noble if you're a beginner, I think this is a great spot to start out. The price is right, the quality is right. The vibrance is right they're pretty flexible in the sense that you can get really bright tones like that and then really nice like earthy tones like that. I'm going to use a darker indigo here just to see if it'll cover up. This is actually black, that's another thing. Sometimes your paints when they are in the pan, if you don't use them too often, you'll forget which one is which because they tend to look the same. For example, this one and this one when they're drying and then you forget where each one is. For example, see this is what I mean by them being pretty noble. If you want to get like a super dark tone. Obviously this is black here, so it's going to be dark anyways, but you can actually get some nice opacity there. Here's just our first little experiment or first little test. I would definitely recommend getting a set of Winsor & Newtons. This is still pretty wet, these little tests we did right now. By the time we're done with the rest of our little chart here, this will have dried. We can also see the different ways in which each brand dries, which is very interesting too. Right now I'm just going to put these away, put my Windsor & Newtons away, and we're going to start with our next one which is Sennelier. Now, we just finished doing our little test for the Winsor & Newtons, which by the way, I was going to say they're a great value too that something that I wanted to talk about during this whole session. For me, pricey your watercolors are worth it because it's what I do for a living. But I totally understand if someone has it as a hobby and just like doesn't want to invest too much. Winsor & Newton is great for that. It's like nice quality, they have the student grade that's called Cotman. It's just like the price is right and they will totally work for you. If you guys are feeling like it's time to invest in something a little bit more fancy or more lush would be the word. I really like this brand here, it's a French brand, it's called Sennelier, and you can see it right here, I actually wrote it down here. These are actually pretty pricey. They can go up to $450. I've loved the way that this one opens up too. This is more of like a small set. There's a way larger sets, but it opens up like that and then you have your little tray here, your little dish to mix colors. I use these pretty often too. This size is great for traveling. These are amazing for just like putting in a backpack and having like a little watercolor book with you and you can totally go anywhere and this will be enough to paint all kinds of illustrations. These are definitely a bit more pricey. You can find some discounts places like Blick or maybe on Amazon, but they will cost about $400 usually. What I wanted to talk about too is availability. Winsor & Newtons you can find almost anywhere in the world, like I live in Mexico City, and you will usually find Winsor & Newton in any art supply store. For example, in Mexico, they definitely do not sell these. I can imagine they probably do sell them more in Europe or like in the States I know that they sell them in Blick. If you're interested in this brand, you're definitely going to have to Google that and I'll put up links where you can shop to. Availability is a factor and these are not as easy to find as like Winsor & Newton for example. I'm just going to get started in testing these out. I like to leave my watercolors as I use them usually. This would obviously come super clean and it would all be white, but this is what my water colors look like. This is how you mix paint. I don't only use Sennelier. You can see here that I have this neon green that I used from another brand and I like to put a little bit of that in here to mix along with these. It's all about getting the best of every brand and just like having a very unique palette of your own. We're going to start out testing these right now. Again, the same with the other pan set. I'm just grabbing a little bit of water, just moistening up the pan sets. Here we go. That's one of my favorite things about watercolor too. They're so easy to just take with anywhere with you. All you need is a glass of water and you're set. See, you can tell how much I love their black. It's a cooler black, and I'm almost finished with it. I actually want to get a little separate pan to replace in here. I already said that with the Winsor & Newtons, but if you use one color more than the others, you can definitely buy a little pans individually initially put them back into your pen set. We're just going to start out testing. This yellow, I think, is really cool like a lemony yellow. I like it because yellow's tend to be very transparent. But Sennelier, their pigments are just beautiful and they get these lighter colors to be very, very vibrant. I'm just going to start testing these out here. There we go. Even if I add more water, you can tell how the pigment still is very strong. So a quick comment about watercolors in general. The reason I really like using them so much is that usually it means that you're getting your pigment in the purest of all forms. I recently took a class in New York where I made my own watercolors, which I'll show you later and we'll test them out. But when I made my own watercolors, I just realize how few ingredients goes into them. It's basically a binder pigment and water. It's just such a pure form of painting that the quality of the pigment is what matters so much. I didn't really want to test out Crayola paints are super like more kids stuff or like office supplies watercolors. They definitely do work, but you'll notice how the pigments aren't really natural, they're more like synthetic or they're full of different fillers. Those types of watercolors end up being waxy, especially when they dry you can see them shine and it looks a little bit weird. They're great for practicing and I totally understand that not everyone is ready to invest in really fancy nice quality watercolors like these. But if you want to paint for a living, I mean, just like the brand that you use is so important and these are amazing. Check out how rich. Look at this beautiful red rich tone here. This set is a smaller set here, but if you get the big pan set, they have really nice skin tones too and more like pastel pigments which is really fun. If you're into painting people or faces. I do more nature stuff, so for me, it's not that necessary, but they're nice to have anyways. You can see here that I just add a little bit of blue on my brush and grab it a little bit of brown and it made this look very nice, earthy tone. Usually when you paint with water colors, I just want to make a point about this because you might see me grabbing some paint directly from the pan and add onto the paper. That's really not the best way to paint. What you need to do when you paint is actually lather up your paint here and the set it on your little dish or your palate, and then go to the paper. These colors are so rich, they're so nice. I was obsessed with these watercolors when I bought them in. I still really like them if I am going to travel. These come with me every single time. I was just going say that. For example, when we start going into liquid water colors, I'm going to show you some Doctor Ph. Martin's said has like some super like hot pinks in that tones. You can just leave. Like for example, here I have some of that super bright stuff here and it's all dry, but if you lather it up again, it'll work. Again, it's all about using your favorite stuff of each brand. I'm going to show you why I love this black so much. I just think it's really nice and cool. That makes sense. It's just like such a cool, toned black. You can see that it's way different from the Winsor Newton black that comes with the pen set. I feel like this black is a little bit more what I like to work with. I'm just going to do a fun little gradient here and then I'll show you guys a little transparency test. I'm just finishing up with my little rainbow gradient here. Just to show you the range of brightness in each color they have. I always want to point out what tones I really enjoy in each set. In this case I think they're purple is amazing. As you can see with Winsor Newton, that's already drying up here. The purple tends to be a little bit dull after a dries and centered we are really like keeps it super bright, which I think is great. Now we're just going to try out a little bit of transparency tests. Senneliers can get like very, if you lather it up really nicely you can get super thick. Look at that. It almost looks like a gouache or an acrylic because it's so thick. That just is because the pigment is just so nice and the ingredients they use are amazing. If you like to have certain areas be very concentrated. Sennelier is a great brand for that. Look how how that green covered our little test almost completely. I'm just showing you what it looks like as we add more water. You can start to see the background a little bit more and even more. Here. Again, remember your tones and your values change so much depending on the amount of water you use. I'm going to try it with a lighter color. We have some greens here. Obviously every single type of watercolor can be very translucent. As long as you add enough water to it. But not every brand of watercolor or can be so opaque. For example, this brand is sennelier. That's a plus. For example, this yellow is a nature of the pigment, is just lighter than that dark green. Even if we have it super opaque like that, it won't cover a little back image completely. Same. You'll always be able to see just a little shadow of it. Right now I'm using like almost, it's directly from the pan. I'll show you one more a tone here about that purple that I love, which is super, I mean It's so rich. It can get very opaque as well and cover completely. If you want to get it lighter, you can just add a little bit more water here. I'm just going to clean off and pick up a little bit so you can start to see our little leaf we add here in the background. If we make it lighter. See. You guys did see when it almost covered it completely. I highly recommend this brand. I think it's the paints are just beautiful. The pigments, if you guys look up larger sets, they have some really interesting tones too. They have like a hot pink that's really nice, a really cool turquoise. What's cool is that by the end of each little chart, we're going to just see how everything dries and looks different when it dries as well. This is my schminckle brand, my schminckle set. It is so amazing. This is what I've been using almost every day now. This is a very nice brand of watercolors. You can see how much I use my set. Look at all my palette here on this side. You can tell it like I use all my pinks here and stuff. This is a set that I've been using as a base for everything else. Sometimes I'll add different paints in here to mix with these. For example, I have a little bit of a Winsor Newton tube set here. I think it's a mauve color. Then I have a tangerine liquid water color tone here. I have some neon colors that I'll show you later on. But basically, this is what I've been really enjoying right now. This brand is extremely, I know we've been doing like all home runs for these first two. These two are great brands. This one is right up there. Actually, I feel like schminckle and sennelier are pretty similar. I think everyone anyone that's used both would say that they're both pretty much just as good. This brand can get a bit pricier. It's probably the most expensive set that we're going to look at today. It goes from 175 to $606. This is actually like a pretty big investment. But if you want to try them out like you can get like a smaller sites for like a $175. It would be so worth it because they're just so lush and so beautiful. I'm going to test these out and show you like what I think is special about this set in particular. But I definitely understand that it's like a big investment too. If you're not ready for something like this, you can at least check it out and see what it looks like. It's actually pretty big. This is a large set here. I'm just going to lay my water down here. Obviously, since this is a larger pen set, these are also half pens. You can see by the size. We're going to have a little bit more variety of tones in here than we did with the sennelier, which we had like more of a basic, not like primary and secondary colors. But in this set we have really nice like olive greens. I'm moistening again as I did with each one. We have some nice och-re here too. But you guys I still feel like Winsor Newton has the best och-re for me, even though this brand is like a bit more like red sea inexpensive, I still prefer Winsor Newton over schminckle with this particular color, which is something that's interesting to like. You guys might find that a certain brand has just a tone that you guys love so much and know their brand can like compared to that. But schminckle has some awesome tones that I want to show you guys today. I'm just going to start adding some water to these. Here we go. For example, I want to show you guys this olive green. It's such a special color. Again, look how rich these pigments are. I wanted to show more professional watercolors in these videos. But if you guys try out more stuff that you would get at an office supply store or target or something like that. You can find watercolors for super cheap, but they will never be this super nice rich quality with these pure pigments. This tone here is just so pretty. I'm actually going to mix it with its neighbor here a forest green. These are just beautiful tones. Then if you add just pure water, the pigment is so rich that it'll pick up whatever was next to it. There you go. This side does have these pastel tones in them too, which are interesting. For example, we hadn't used this type of shade yet, but it really does work well, I use it a lot when I'm mixing this with other tones to get more subtle, maybe floral tones. For example, if you mix this in with some pink, I have some pink here from, this probably another brand, but it's okay. See how we get a rose gold color. If you guys take my water color mixing class, you'll see that we don't always want the super brightest colors. Sometimes these tones are what we're looking for and that's why I really like this Schmincke. It gives us these rare colors that I think are really cool. See how this is more of a dirty or pink is not this super bright pink which I think is really interesting. For example, their brightest pink would be something like this, which is not really that bright. I feel Schmincke has more, I don't want to use a word serious, but it definitely has very interesting tones that are not your typical bright pink. Here we go. Their purple is way different. See for example, I showed you this earlier how I said that purple was just so cool and vibrant. Schmincke is a little bit softer. It's not as bright but it all depends on what color palette you guys want to have too. Even the darkest purple will not be like the said earlier one. It's also a little bit warmer, this purple. But what's still very interesting, super interesting tones. To show you the brightest stuff that they have. This yellow is pretty bright, pretty vibrant and you can see too. We'll do our little test here, but the tones are very thick as well. If you use just a little bit of water, you can get some super thick tones. Then they have these more subtle, for example, this tone of blue is very interesting. I don't really know that much about the chemistry of watercolors. I'd like to learn more about it, but I have a feeling that these pigments have some different filler in them or something that gave us the chance to have these pastel tones. Look at how thick this lighter blue is, which is really interesting. Usually when we paint with watercolors to get lighter colors, we need to add a lot of water. Here you can see what it looks like when it gets more watery. I'm going to finish this one off with another blue that I have here. See how it mixes. Schmincke is like such great quality and I think it's so interesting that their tones in general, you can all ready tell it they look really different from the other brands, and I think this can make your work look really interesting as well. This indigo is one of my favorites. Look how dark that is. If you just add more water, you can start to see the blue come alive. I'll just rinse this brush off. Just see how the water starts to lighten it. But it's still such a deep tone. Their black is really nice too. I'll show you guys the black. It's warmer than seen earlier. It's really nice as well. They have great browns too. I'm going to finish this off with this brown. Look how thick that is. You can get really nice thick layers here. I'll actually show you these browns in the transparency test. I have a feeling knowing these colors that it'll basically cover this up yet. Since I thought it's almost using a wash like a gouache. Gouache paints are thicker in almost like acrylics. You can see how rich these pigments are and it covers up whatever we had underneath entirely. Obviously, again watercolors if you use enough water, you'll always get a really transparent wash. If I use even more water, you'll almost see whatever was back there completely. Again here I just use the same color just barely no water, half and half and a lot of water and just a little bit of paint. If you want to know more about doing these little charts with transparencies, go to the Modern Watercolor Technique class. I show exactly how to use your watercolors there. What we're doing here is just showing off the different brands and types of watercolor. I want to show you the ocher, see it's are really nice tone too. Don't get me wrong, I love it. But there's something about that Winsor Newton, one that I showed you in the beginning that I just, I find it mixes well with all different brands and colors. This one I feel it has more yellow undertones. See if you use more water, you can start to see how it turns more yellow and it's great too. I really like it but that Winsor Newton has something special about it. These browns are really nice. But for example, not every single pigment is as thick as another one. For example, this is another brown. I'm going to grab a lot of paint and it'll cover it up and it will also still be a little bit more transparent than this first one we used here, even though this is super thick. Here we go, I'm saying here we go a lot but it's just because it's something I say when I finish something up them. So see how beautiful these browns are. This is a really interesting green I think they have. I've never seen this tone. Look how thick that is. It really covers up our little blacking that we had on the bottom. I'm just going to water this down. Show you that even the thickest of paint can be watered down and have some really nice transparencies. A, s a little overview to schmincke. For me, they are definitely worth it. For me it's worth it to invest in more expensive paints like this. It's what I do for a living, for tax purposes even it's great for me. But I totally understand if you're not ready to invest in something like this, but if you ever do, you won't regret it. These paints are so nice, so lush. Look at how beautiful this texture is starting to just come alive here. You can see like these, I've already done three little tests here and already like, schmincke looks way different than the other ones. I think it's just because of the type of pigments they use. The colors are really interesting, and especially we'll, obviously have a larger set here, so I have more variety than I would with [inaudible]. But, I definitely recommend these, and these are the ones that I use like as a base right now. This is like a super A plus for me, and now we're going to go to something like super interesting. It's a Japanese brand. Give me a moment to set up because these are larger, and I need a little bit more space to lay these out. All right guys, now I'm going to show you the last pad set for this unit, and these are some very special paints. They come from Japan. These are called Kissho Gansai. You guys have probably seen something similar. There is a very popular brand called Kuretake and they look like this. They look similar. But this is a brand called KISSHO Gansai. I have some Kuretakes to show you guys later, but this is a super nice 72 paint set. You can see how the colors are very vibrant, very different too. They have metallic paints in their set, which is very interesting, like golds and like pearlescent colors. They have some pastel tones too, which is very rare to find. You can see I have this little mint color, which I don't think I've found in any other paint set, and then they have neon colors, which is super fine. These are hard to find too like neon colors, don't usually come in a pan set. But this is a really interesting pen set because it has a little bit more of the traditional side here, and then a little bit like more funkier colors on this side. Also you guys can see how, I've really liked these two here they sound like lavender tones. They're so beautiful, and I don't know too much like technically about this color, but I've heard that they use a fish bone for like a gelatin for a binder. So the texture is a little bit different too. These paints are super beautiful to open up and they're really nice for like specific things. But I'm going to show you why, personally schminckes are better for me for the day-to-day water coloring. But I'm just going to show you like what I really like about these and what I don't like too much about them. The way you set these up. They're so nice like all laid out like this. But they are very big. It's like pretty bulky. Personally, I prefer like a smaller set just because I don't have a huge desk and these take up a lot of space. So just a little quick something but, you turn around the box like that, and just place these in here. The other one, sorry. You just place these in here, and your set will look like this. It's like two pretty large boxes. You can see it's like almost bigger than my block. Then this watercolor pad is, 14 by 10 inches. You can see how this is pretty big. But, it was definitely is such a fun buy, and I do use these from time to time. I'm just going to lay this over like this so it doesn't take up too much space. I'm going to start to show you why I think these colors are really cool, and why I think they're fun by. First of all, this is a 72 paint set, which is pretty large. It's larger than any of the other ones and it's only $100 for this whole thing. They have smaller boxes, and also if you get good Kuratake which is like a similar brand in Japan, they have smaller sets which are very, very accessible. That's the first thing, the price is right, $100 for all of this is not bad at all, especially, with all these metalloids and golds and pearlescence and neon's and all this specialty stuff. So I'm going to show you, my favorite tones in these, I think that's like the way to go here. I'm just going to move this over. These lavender colors are so nice. You can see that these are pretty thick too, the thing that, I like these and I'II use them, but I find that when they dry the gets a little bit opaque. It's also, a little bit shiny when it dries. At the very end, we'll compare everything when it's dried. But also these don't come with a pen necessarily. So if you guys are mixing colors, you would need a separate little palette like this. It can be a ceramic palette, it can be even little plate or any dish. You would need to get that on the side, because these don't come with what, for example, are other Paint sets come with, which is this mixing area here. That's a little, I'm not going to say, one is better than the other in that sense, but it's just like a personal preference. I like the portable aspect of the other pan sets. But I mean, these colors are just so beautiful, and it's very hard to find. I find them in other Japanese brands, which I'll show you later in tube sets. Here we go. But look at how pretty that is. These little lavender tones are so special, and you probably won't find these colors in European brands as much as you would in Japanese brands. By the way, Japanese supplies in general are just amazing, and really not as expensive as a lot of the European stuff. I'm just going to show you how this mixes with water. I'm going to grab a little bit of this like hot pink, this neon pink. These what I think these sets are really worth it for. These are very special and unique colors. I'm just mixing these neons to show you. You can see how these tones are super different than anything these European brands have. See, that's what happens when you don't have a little place to mix color, you start mixing directly on the pans. I personally don't like that much, but we can just clean it later. These neons are so cool. Keep in mind, I'm going to do a video just on neons. I'll explain more about that later. For example, I love this color combination. I use it in a few of my watercolor pieces where I do these soft lavenders with these neon paints. Something I like about it is that they have these dirtier tones or more subtle tones. Kissho Gansai has that too in the sense that they have these unique and specialty watercolor tones. But they're very different from Schmincke or any of the European brands. We're also going to do a special unit on just metallics, but I thought it would be worth it to just show you right now how they have this gold watercolor, which is really interesting too. No other, I haven't found a pan set that has metallic paints in them. There probably is another brand, but I think these are very special. I'm just going to clean my brush a little bit better. They also have these pearlescent tones. These would really work depending on what angle you get. If you have some nice side reflection, you'll be able to see them a lot better. Also, when they dry, they change a bit too. But also you can mix in your pearlescents with other colors. For example, they have this really funky light turquoise, which is really cool too. It's very rich, but it's pastel at the same time. They also have some nice darker tones here. This is, here we go, just like a basic blue. They have a really nice ocher here. They have this nice och-re as well, and it's pretty, but again, I still prefer the very first Winsor Newton ocher to any of the other ones. That's a personal choice, but they also have these in this set. You can tell that this areas are more classic ones. They have stranger colors too, like a gray like that, which usually wouldn't be in a watercolor set because if you're using gray, you would just usually just use a watery black. But it's interesting how they chose these different tones. You can see here they have all the basics as well. I think this mint tone I think is really interesting. What I'm basically showing you now is why I think these paints are very interesting. They have tones that would not usually come with a watercolor pan set. Just a side note, these are actually full pans. If you see the size of the pan is a lot smaller in these brands and these. These are a large pan, this is like a half pan. I like mixing this little mid color with this baby yellow. You have to lather these up a little bit to get some nice color out of these. But these are pastel watercolors, which is really interesting. I'm just going to grab some more yellow to get some pure yellow here and then finish it off with some water. Very interesting colors here. If you are to purchase these, it would definitely be because of that. I wouldn't get these if it was just to use the more traditional tones because there is more comfortable and portable pan sets that can do that for you like these three that I just showed you. I would say personally if you're interested in getting a pan set that has super weird and funky colors, Kissho Gansai is great. I bought these on Amazon. I don't think I've even seen them in supply stores that I've been to, but you can definitely get these online. Also Kuretake has some similar tones. I'm just going to do a little test here for transparencies. Neons will usually be pretty transparent. You can see here that even though I have some nice concentrated paint, you'll definitely see the back little doodle I have here. Also, I don't know if you can tell through the video, but the way these watercolors feel are different too. It's a different feeling. I don't know if the word is waxy, but it does feel a little bit different than the others. Here's a metallic. Pearlescents or metallics usually just help us when we want to have a cool effect. We will only be able to see this if the light is reflecting in the right way. Also once it dries, it does change a little bit too. I'll show you one of these pastels what this looks like. The pastels are actually pretty thick. See, if I add enough of this pastel, it'll cover up the little heart, but I have a feeling that when it dries, we'll be able to see through it. I think that they probably add something else to the binder and the filler to make these pastels look like this. It's probably not a regular pigment. These are polysynthetic pigments so you can tell how the pastels are very thick. See that pastel has some really nice coverage if you guys want to go that way. We add a little bit more water. You can start to see the back image. But if you go to these neons, these are going to be very transparent. Even if we add a lot of color, we're going to be pretty transparent. A little note on neons, if you guys are interested in scanning your work, neons don't usually come up in your scan. I'll talk more about that later, but I just wanted to point that out now. This looks brown here in the pan. That's a really cool yellow that I like. This is more a traditional watercolor where it's a little bit more transparent. I'm just going to add more water here so you can see that you can get nice transparencies as well. Our last little test I'll deal with this one. I love this lavender, it's so pretty. There we go. This one is pretty thick too. You can see here, even though it's a light color, their formula can be very opaque if you don't use too much water. As you can see, in my opinion, the most interesting thing about Kissho Gansai is the pigments that they use. I have not personally found another pan set that includes a few metallics and neons, except for this Japanese brand. They're so fun. Look at how cool this combination is. I love doing the lavender with the neons, or these pastel colors here are really nice. 5. Liquid Watercolors : For our next type of watercolors, we're going to talk about liquid watercolors. These watercolors are really interesting, they're super different from two sets or pan sets. These coming in liquid form. The most probably famous brand of liquid watercolors is going to be Dr.Ph.Martin's. People ask about these paints a whole lot. They're really interesting, they're really fun to use and I'm going to show you what they look like, how to use them, what I like about them and what I don't like about them that much. They come in two different presentations. Let's see. This is the hydrous line. Well, these two are similar. These are radian, concentrated watercolors and these are the transparent watercolors, but I found that these two are pretty much similar and then we have the hydrous line. I'll show you what the differences are between these, but they do have similar characteristics that are the colors are extremely bright, very, very vibrant I think more than any other brand of watercolors can be. They do have only a few downs that I don't like that much. You are going to need some dish, some palette to place all of your liquid watercolors on. I usually like to use a ceramic dish, but here this is a plastic one, you can see it's like really lightened stuff. The reason I like to use ceramic is because plastic usually will stain, but this will totally work for now, it's fine and even if you don't have one of these, you can even use a plastic plate or something like that, that's not an issue. I'm going to start to show you what these look like, you'll be amazed by how vibrant they are, how bright. But I'm also going to show you a few things that I don't like about them that much. I can probably say that my favorite tone is this Juniper green, this is so bright, so beautiful and I've never used any other watercolor like it. I'll show you why and here we go. These can be little to presentations like that. The watercolor is very liquidy, you can see the little drops come out from it just like that and what you're going to do is just put a few drops, one drop is more than enough. I mean, look how tiny that little drop is and you'll be amazed by how vibrant and how much you can get from that. I'm just going put some just plain water here and my brush is like barely going touch and it's going to be just super, super vibrant. You can see these colors are beyond anything you could get from like let's say a tube set or a pan set. I probably say these moss roses like very, very vibrant too, I mean just a tiny, tiny little drop like that will go along way. These are not natural pigments, these are synthetic pigments. I'm going show you right away the problem that I find with these types of paints is that they stain your paper very quickly. For example, if you wanted to create a gradient and you started adding water, I'm going to start to extend this. See how quickly it stains. You can see here a clear line, whereas when we use tube colors, you can get a really nice gradient that'll transition nicely and look at that. With these liquid watercolors, you get this stain right here and they're so vibrant, they really stain your paper really quickly. A quick tip before showing you the rest of the colors and stuff. The way that I personally enjoy using these is in combination with my pan sets. For example, as I was showing you in our first chart with pan sets, for example, these don't have the brightest colors, but the quality is just so nice and I love the texture of them. What I would usually do is have like, let's say in this area here, which I'll use this area here now, I would mix a little bit of this cherry pink that I have here in with a little bit of our Ph Martin here and we're going to get a super vibrant, fun color that's brand new, it's unique and just that little bit of pigment in there is going to help us get this fun color and see how we can still move the color around without it staining. That's how I usually would use these, some people like their artwork to be very, very bright. I like the bright too, but I don't like to go overboard. The cool thing about watercolors, the reason I bring this out right now is that I wanted to show you how you don't have to use one or the other. The coolest thing to do is just combine all of the watercolors you have to get truly unique colors and just fun combinations. I'm just going to wipe off my brush here a little bit and see how I'm getting a really nice little wash here using the Juniper green with this cherry watercolor and the original moss rose that I had here. If I had just use this on its own, it would not be as vibrant and bright as it is here, but the way I personally like to use it, and then they just add a little bit of these to my pan sets and make them pop a little bit more. That's a fun tip if you guys are interested in creating your own tones and mixing it up that way. Most of the colors are very, very vibrant. For example, they have tangerines like this one and I think these are really cool too as compliments. Again, look how I'm just using a tiny little bit because they are so powerful. You just need a little bit of water, these colors are amazing. Again, I'm going to mix in a little bit of that pink I had here, just a little brush. So if you're looking for very electric, vibrant colors, these are definitely a must and especially because each one of these, you can buy them separately or as a group. One of these could be about $5 to $7 and you can get a whole set for a 150, and these last so, so long. You guys saw how little I needed to use to get so much color. These are definitely good investment. If you don't want to buy the whole set, you can just get a few of your favorite colors and mix them in with your pan sets and that would get used to some really cool unique colors. I have a bunch of them here. I brought some, this olive green, it's really interesting. We'll try that out here. Just a tiny little drop. I'll do a little gradient from the olive green to the Juniper green. You guys can see the way these mix is a little bit different than the way pan sets mix. Just a tiny bit of color really goes along way again. Remember if you guys want to learn how to do gradients, I'm not really doing them super pro right now. It's just to show you how to use color but if you go back to the beginner class, you can really get some good tips on how to do that. Here's these super vibrant colors. I'm a big fan of this mahogany color, I think it's really pretty, it's way different than any other panset too. I'm just adding a tiny bit back here. I have some concentrated stuff. They're just really fun colors that if you are trying to work on your personal color palette, sometimes it's good to have these signature tones and mixed in with your other types of paint. Going back to using your panset as a base, something that I would usually do is, let's say I'm trying to get some cool earthy tones and I might grab some of these browns or purples and mix them in with my Winsor & Newton mahogany and get just a very different unique tone and it just changes everything completely. Mixing this here. Besides showing you really just a chart of all the brands that I use, I also like to be interactive and show you how I would use them which is usually just mixing everything together. Another thing I really like about the radiant concentrated ones is I think their black is really fun. I think what I actually used for all the lettering and the layout here is this Winsor & Newton black. It's a pretty cool toned black and I like the way that it turns into gray and it's pretty fun for lettering and that stuff. I'm going to rinse this out and wash it in to some watery grave. One thing that I do want to mention about Dr. Ph Martin's is that they don't do very well over time. They will eventually start to fade. For example if you have an original painting with Ph Martin's and you hang it in your kitchen and a lot of light comes in, it will actually start to fade away with time. They work really well for me because I keep all my artwork in a dark portfolio in my studio and I actually scan my artwork so the scanned piece is actually what's going to work for me but for an original painting, I would not recommend these because they will fade with time, that's called lightfast and it just means for example, the [inaudible] that we just used, those have a really nice level of lightfastness and Dr. Ph. Martin's don't really. These are more for work that you might do if you're interested in scanning and making it digital for something else, these are great for that. But they will start fading over time. Here's another color I think is really interesting, peacock blue. You can't really find this exact tone in other types of watercolors, you'll see it's like purple. Some really cool purple, bluish purple and I'm going to mix it with this green that I had here. There are very vibrant. This one up here is still wet and you can play around a lot. Actually in my beginner class, we have an activity that's called Baby Planets and its watercolor experimenting and it's just like dropping color into more color and see how it expands and that's really fun too. I wanted to show you now the difference between the radians and the hydrous line. All right, so I want to show you these. This one is dry. It's pretty dry but it's cool that it turned out dry because I'm going to show him just going to dab a little bit here and you'll see how it still works. That's the cool thing about watercolors that it's not like acrylics, whereas if your tube of paint dries you can't use it anymore, watercolors you can keep using them even though they're dry. They'll come back to life just with water. Your supposed to shake these too because sometimes the pigment can get stuck in the bottom, I'll show you what these guys do. This one is in liquid form and this one is okay. I'll put a little bit of this yellow out too. There we go. They're a little bit more less translucent. You can definitely get really nice transparencies, but the radiant concentrated are a little bit more transparent from the very beginning. These are really just about personal preference. I like using the radiant concentrated one's a bit more, I like the texture a little bit and the colors. You see this is the one that was already all dried and you just need to use a little bit of water on it and it'll come right back to life. See how thick that is. Again, these are very bright colors. You can of course, combine all of these together and that's fine, I just grabbed a little bit of the radiant and just mix that together. As you can see, the way the color mixes is a little bit different. Also, when Dr. Ph. Martin's or liquid in general start to dry. They'll usually dry with a little bit of an edge around them. Which some people like and some people don't. I think it looks pretty cool. Let's try this green here. See you can see it's a little bit more like kind of like pasty, it's more of just a little bit different texture than we get from the radiant concentrated watercolors. So I'm going to do a little gradient from brightness to transparent. These, for example, don't stain as much as the radiant ones do, like this first one we tried it out. But they have something that I really don't like that much, and you can already start to see it. Which is the way it dries bothers me a little bit. We get this weird texture. You can start to see it right here within this red that we used up here. You can already see it in this green. I feel like the paint kind of separates a little bit, they're really cool, they're really nice. But I feel like these paints, in my opinion, are more useful when they're used as a complement to a larger set. Also they're just so, so super bright, that sometimes you don't want everything to be just like that bright. So as you can see the hydrous, they get this little texture that I don't know, I just don't like it that much. You can't see it that much in the yellow, but it still has it. Personally, I really like using the Mahogany and the Juniper Green, which is this one, I also like the peacock blue here. I usually like to mix those. I have put a little drops in my pen set and that just dries, it like stays there for awhile. There's a bunch of different colors though, this apple green is like pretty transparent. We can try this out for the transparency test. Here we go. Also you will see that these don't necessarily get as opaque. Even if you use the straight colors. See how these are very transparent, this is actually been like the radiant transparent line. Even if it's pure color, it's going to be pretty translucent like that. Remember, let's use my favorite one.even if it's a pretty dark color, you'll still be able to see right through it. Dr. Ph. Martin's also has India ink, which I'll show you how to use next, I think the India ink is called Bombay. I'll show you those, those are really cool. But for example, let's use this. right now I'm going to use a hydrous down here. See it's pretty thick but it's still very transparent. So you won't get that texture like you got with certain pen sets like the set earlier were we got it like super, super thick wash. So these are cool, so in my opinion and personally, I mean, it's just a personal opinion. I don't like to use these just on their own.See how cool. I mean, they do blend really cool, but I like to use them as a complement with the rest of my water colors. Just because I think the pigments are really fun, and Sometimes you'll have a set like for example, Winsor and Newton. The colors aren't super, super bright. So sometimes just a little bit of a Ph. Martin's can really help out, and just give it that pop of color that we need. See, for example, this one is like totally concentrated and the transparency level is super, super notable. You can really see through it. You can try with this yellow it's really fun, let's do a watery one. So you can see these are super bright, again, for me they are best as complements. We're going to wait for this to dry a little bit so that you can see also that it dries really different from the way that pen sets would. Then I'm just going to show you a little bit of liquid ink that is similar to water color, but it's not exactly the same. So before we move on to liquid ink, I actually forgot to say something super important about Dr. Ph. Martin's. So it's just like some technical information that I had written down and I wanted to share with you. So for example, these types of watercolors are not necessarily made with a pigment, These are made with a dye. So these are really cool for doing other types of projects that aren't just watercolor. You can do like fatigue or paint silk or cotton. I mean, you can use them to like dye fabric too, which is really interesting. I haven't personally tried it out myself, but I know that they work for that too. Then for example, these the hydrous line, these actually are more watercolors. They are more similar to the tubes, and these do actually have like just a bit of more lightfastness than the other ones do. You can actually see it's super tiny written here, light fast one. So these actually do hold up a little bit more than the radiant concentrated ones would on paper over time. This just a little bit of technical info. So that's basically what I wanted to say, that these are made out of like a dye. It's not really like a pigment. They're cool, they're really fun to play around with and they're totally worth it. You can buy the set or individually just like that. So now we're going to move onto ink, ink is not really watercolor. It has actually a lot of differences, but I did want to integrate it into this chart because ink and watercolor work really well together. I mean, while we're still talking about Dr. Ph. Martin's. They have this black ink, it's India ink. Again, if you live in Mexico, it's called Tinta China in Mexico. But in English it's India ink and this is the Bombay black ink. Dr. Ph. Martin has more Bombay series inks, but I mean, this black ink is just amazing. It's really, really nice, and this one is actually lightfast and waterproof. All of this the little icons that I painted in the back before we started this class are painted with these. So you can see that you can eventually paint over this ink and it won't spread out into your watercolors, which is super important because if this would have been painted with watercolor. When we start painting over it, it could probably spread or blend into your water. The reason I really like using this is because if you want a nice flat background. This is super smooth, it flows really nicely. It doesn't really like clog. I think some people use it for a calligraphy too. I use it with a paintbrush and I really like using it if I'm going to have a pitch black background. You can also add some water to it and get these nice fun washy areas too. So I'm going to show you how intense this black ink is too. Again, we don't really need that much, almost done. I have a few of these, but here we go. So this is a Dr. Ph. Martin Bombay black India ink, you can see how smooth it is. It's pitch black, it's like super dark. But the cool thing is that you just can add some more water to it. We're actually going to even try to wipe this off because it's so intense. So if we add a little bit of water here, you can start to see it can fade. But I mean, it's so powerful, right now we're just using plain water and it still keeps going like that. It really moves nicely into water that way. Also, it's really cool if you want to paint. For example, I really like using this liquid ink for painting something like a moon or planets because all you really have to do is just have some plain water here, and the ink moves really cool on its own. All you need is just a little drop here and there so you can see how it dries really quickly in the center and then expands a little to the edges. That looks really fun, just on its own really. You can also mix this with watercolors. I have a little bit of this, the Dr. Ph. Martin's we used here, and if you do a little bit of that in here, that can look cool too. Again, if you're interested in this type of activity, you can go back to the modern watercolor techniques class, and we do a whole sheet of all these different experiments, which is super fun. That's a really nice black ink. Then, Higgins is a really good brand too. Its very similar, it does pretty much the same that the Dr. Ph. Martin one would. This is also waterproof. You can actually see it's written super tiny on the back. Not every type of ink is waterproof. But usually when we're using the black India ink, it would be waterproof. As you can see, it's very similar. The cool thing about ink is that, it's very smooth, but you can get very fun visual effects from it too. See this is just water with whatever I had on my brush and it moves really nicely. These two brands I think are great. Usually, it just varies a little bit on I mean, black is not just black like the Dr. Ph. Martin black is a little bit warmer. You can see when it starts to dry, it goes a little bit more towards what you would say a brown and some black ink turns a little bit bluer when it dries. But I think these two are pretty fun. They're fun for just mixing in with your watercolors, like a cool activity is also like doing a whole watercolor background and then letting that dry and using black ink over it to draw. That's really interesting. This brand Higgins has for example, this yellow is really nice. I like integrating these into my illustrations once in awhile, and this one is actually fade proof. I'll just show you what this looks like. Something that's important to lay out here is that, unlike watercolors, ink once this dries here on the palette, you won't be able to use it again. For example, these guys here which are the Dr. Ph. Martin's. If I just leave this like this and then wake up tomorrow and this is all dry. I can just add a little bit of water and we can still keep using them. But ink, once it dries, it just turns into this hard piece of paint and we can't keep using that. I mean, just a little important info. See look how the bleed proof black, I mean, it's just barely drying. See where it's still wet or it will still flow into our next color. But wherever it's dry, it won't make so. That's really interesting. Also, for example, Winsor Newton has this cool line of ink too. They have some fun colors, let's open this up. This is like a plum color, and people use these for calligraphy, but you can definitely mix them with your watercolors as well. They have some fun tones. As you can see, it looks like watercolor, it acts like watercolor in the sense that you can get some cool gradients going, just like that. These do stain more than watercolors would. As you can see in general, with these liquid water colors we get, just like the textures in general are a lot different. If you start adding ink, you can see that the way it dries is super different. It starts to look for ways in the water, whereas water colors will give you more smooth blend to it. You can also see the little particles this Higgins ink, gave us. Also, we'll talk a lot about metallic slater. But, Winsor Newton also has some really cool silver and gold and maybe bronze too inks, which are really cool. We can try this out here, but then I'll show you all about it later on as well. As you can see, these are very nice, and if you use them over black, they look really cool too. Again, when we use metallic paint, it all depends on what angle you're looking at it from. I have a few other Higgins, here's another shade of yellow. If you see it concentrates on the bottom here. You really have to shake it up to get it, all mixed in together. Then for example, this is calligraphy ink. It's pretty much the same as the India ink that we use here, this is jet-black. Again, ink is really cool, to work with watercolors. You can see this is just very smooth too. This black is a little bit cooler than the Bombay ink that we have up here. For our little tests here, obviously this is going to cover it completely. No transparency here unless we use a lot of water, then we can get some cool transparencies there too. Basically what I wanted to show you is that ink can act like watercolor if it wants to. It'll definitely give us that liquidy effect that we have when we want to paint gradients and transparencies. But it does vary a lot in characteristics, just to experiment a lot with this. See it's like the black is so intense that, for example right now, my water is super dark. This would usually not happen when we use just plain water colors, they're a lot lighter. They don't stain the water as much. But I just added some yellow and the black got all the way into my water. You can see how it really stained everything. I'm glad this happened because that's how I can show you what happens when we use these paints. Again, if we just use a lot of water, we can get some nice transparencies. Let's see what happens if we use super concentrated. I'm even going to clean my brush off of any water. This is just the pure ink. See so, similar to what happened with the hydrous and the Dr. Ph. Martin's, this Higgins ink. See I'll start, darker here and get it lighter here. It's still going to be very translucent, unless we're using this pitch black. That's a cool complement for watercolors. I put it in the category of liquid water colors, even though it's not a watercolor, because you can really see similar characteristics. We can use them in combination with our watercolors in a great way. Lastly, I wanted to show you what kind of white ink I use. This ink is really cool for details, once your other watercolors have dried. If you guys want to know more about white ink, you can go to the watercolor and mixed media class. People ask a lot what kind of white ink I use and this is my absolute favorite, it's a Japanese brand, as you can tell. Japanese paint supplies have some really cool stuff. This looks way different than the liquid water colors do. But, I'm Just going to show you a little bit of how cool it is to use over your watercolors, or over your ink like that. I might do a little exercise in the extras section but. These experiments are really useful. Just to finish off with this segment, I definitely recommend trying out the Dr. Ph. Martin's. I don't know if they're for everyone, but if you're looking to have some super bright colors in your pen sets, you're like liven up your palate in general. These are a great addition to just your whole watercolor catalog. You can get just individual ones like that. The price is super accessible. The same with ink, ink is probably one of the cheapest mediums you can get because it also goes a really long way. This is where we're going to finish the liquid watercolor section. Now we're going to move onto watercolor tubes. 6. Tubes: Now we're going to move onto watercolor tubes. Watercolor tubes are very similar to pan sets. The presentation is just a little bit different. This is what a watercolor tube is going to look like. There's different sizes depending on the brand. Even the same brand will have different sizes. Basically, what you're watercolor tube is going to look like is this.You're going to open it up. Usually it'll have a twist on, twist off, little cap like that. If you squeeze your watercolor tube's a little bit, you'll see a little bit of sorrow-like wet paint come out. But it's not as liquidity as like the liquid water colors. It's still sort of a little paste. You're going to just place it on. Just place on your palette like that. You will definitely need a palette to work with your watercolor tubes or I keep my pen sets candy here. Because you can also just apply a little bit of tubes to your pan set and use this in combination with these colors. What happens to me a lot is that, for example, let's say I'm traveling with this pan set, but I feel painting a lot with hot pink. I bought this extra hot pink. This is a whole Holbein watercolor. What I would usually do is just stab a little bit of that on my palette. Let it dry, close it up and take that with me. That way I'm going to have a little bit of hot pink already in my pan set. While I'm explaining how to use all these paints and which ones I like and which ones I don't. I'm also explaining a little bit of how I like to work with watercolors and how I combine the different brands, so that's a good example of that. We're going to start off with just reviewing Winsor & Newton. Winsor & Newton has two different lines. One of them is Cotman, which is the one that we just opened up here. We opened up a MOV. Remember I told you guys that I really loved the Winsor & Newton ocher from the pan sets. I loved it so much that I ended up buying a whole tube of just that yellow ocher. I like mixing this with a lot of different colors from different brands and stuff. I just put a little bit of that here and actually tried it out right here. I'll show you it again. For example, these are all Cotmans. Cotman is more student grade watercolors. It's there universities line. Then they have another series which is their Winsor & Newton professionals. You can see here how it says professional. A lot of people seem to find a big difference between them. Honestly, I really don't see that much of a difference. If you guys do let me know. But for me, Cotmans and the professionals, I just don't see just that much of a difference. I do have a bunch of professionals and I do have a bunch of Cotmans that I've been collecting. This is series 1A. I think this is like an intermediate. Just showing you, I have a bunch of different types of Winsor & Newtons, but we're going to review them all on this little square here. Two colors are really good. Some people like to buy them in a set as well. For example, I have these Holbein watercolors that just arrive and you can get a whole set like that. If you're just into like particular colors, just buy them individually like this. The way we're going to use our watercolors is just opening them up. Just putting a little bit on our palette. Just like I have here. You can see all these little two sets that I already laid out on the palette. We're just going to use some water and moisten these up a little bit. Then you can just start mixing. It's really using them almost like you would a tube set. I mean, a pan set. Except these just come in a different presentation. Let's say that you didn't finish these up. They can totally stay on your palette. You can let them dry and then just come back the day after and just moisten them up again and they'll be fine, they'll be good to go and you can keep working with them. For example, this hot pink is really cool. That's the Winsor & Newton and Holbein also has this tone, it's called Opera. It's super fun. I haven't really seen it in other brands except these two. You can see how this pink is very different from the pink that would come in your regular pan set. You can get it to be pretty thick to. It's a really nice hot pink. You can do some really nice gradients with it. The cool thing about your tube sets is that they're going to react pretty much like your pan sets would. When we did the liquid water colors and in the last segment, you can see that this dried and the colors are really bright. But for example, when we tried to do this gradient here, it"s stained. You can see the three stains here. Two watercolors or pan sets really are very like Noble. They'll help us out a lot during that process. We can get some really nice gradients and stuff using our pan sets. While it's still wet, I'm going to add a little bit. I think this was some of the Cotman plane. Just showing what it's going to look like when it all mixes together. I was telling you how I love this ocher so much. I really like it because I can use it really nicely with other colors, like for example, this purple. This is a MOV from the Cotman line. I don't know you guys. I feel like the professionals and the Cotmans are very much alike. I just really don't see that much of a difference and the price will be quite different. Another thing to remember about tube sets is that Winsor & Newton does their pricing depending on what kind of color you're buying. For example, a cobalt blue will be more expensive than this rose hue here. That just varies on the pricing of the pigment. How pure the pigment is, how hard it is to find different factors like that. These will range between three and $6, these little tube sets. The price is actually, it's pretty good, it's not bad and they last such a long time. I've talked, for example, I used to paint with oils when I was younger. I remember the big tubes would just be so expensive in and you would finish them up pretty quickly. I just fell in love with watercolors because they are so noble that way. They last such a long time and I think it's worth it. See these Winsor & Newton tubes. They're pretty good. You can find some interesting colors. Something that I do want to mention is that you can mix up your tubes with your liquid water colors too and that'll look great. For example, I have some of the Juniper green here that was dried up but you see you just add some water and it comes back to life. We can mix this with a little bit of our tube set here and that will work great together. Instead of this color, we have this brighter, more turquoise blue, just because we mix in a little bit of that Ph. Martin that we had before. I'm a big fan of creating your own colors. I rarely just use a tone right out of the tube set or out of the drop. I really like to create my own colors and a lot of this happens by doing what I'm doing now, mixing up different types of watercolors. Let's do a little transparency test. I'm going to grab this morphe here and you can see the texture is a little bit different than the nice leathery, for example, Celia watercolors we had in the beginning. You do need to add a little bit of water here you can see you have a nice transparency there and obviously if we add some more water we'll have a really nice transparency here. Let's see what happens if we use this darker this is actually the professional line of Winsor and Newton. You can see that it does really cover up if you want to do that you can. I really like Winsor and Newton in general as a watercolor brand. For example, this paper that I'm using is Winsor and Newton and I just like it because I think that it really does a good job all around and usually the price is right. If you guys see these I would definitely recommend getting them especially if there's a certain tone that you guys want to add to your pan set let's say. It's really convenient to just get one of these tubes and experiment with this. For example, if you guys did my beginner class there's a monochromatic activity and having just one tube set is really fun for that too. Just a quick comment on that. Now I'm going to get these Winsor and Newtons out of the way and I'll be back with you in a sec with Daniel Smith. Now we're going to try out some Daniel Smith two watercolors. I actually bought a little pack, I think it had about six watercolors in them and it was a special little collection of earthy tones. These won't be super bright, these are more earth tones. Let me turn this around like that. These watercolors are premium artist grade. They're actually pretty pricey because just individual tubes like this can be $9 all the way up to $27 just for a tube. I don't know I've enjoyed using these but for some reason they're just not my favorite. I'm going to show you what they look like as we paint with them but I don't know, you be the judge tell me if you like how they look and if anyone has used them and really love them you can tell me why. I personally prefer Holbeins or Winsor and Newtons but these are great too. I just think they're a bit pricey for what they do. I suppose the price is this because the pigments are probably very pure but, I don't know, I just didn't feel that they were worth all that money. The reason I don't have all that many of these is because I've just never wanted to invest in more Daniel Smith watercolors. I'm just going to have the four colors that I brought here. I also have this large lunar black which is a really cool color, but you know what something happened to me where I've painted with them and then I erase over once it's dry and the color lifts up a little bit, so that's something that I didn't like that much either. But I don't know maybe if someone out there has a pen sets or other types of Daniel Smith please share with the rest of the group. I know they're very good quality watercolors. The same, we have our little tubes here I'm just going to grab a little bit of water. These colors are nice, they're fun, but I don't know. I don't want to knock Daniel Smith I know it's a great brand but for some reason don't like the consistency all that much. We'll wait till they dry too so you can see how they look when they dry. I'm going to mix in a little bit of blue here. I don't know for some reason the texture just isn't my personal favorite. We can use a little bit of this green here. Also, maybe it's the colors that I have but I just didn't feel that they had anything too special. Again, I would probably end up mixing this with some of my liquid watercolors to make the colors a little bit more interesting. I had a little bit of that olive green from Ph. Martins and I added it here and it gave it a little bit of more life. As it will dry you can see that it has this little texture. Also, I tried to blend it here on my palette first and I feel like it just stays clumpy for some reason I just never really got that into Daniel Smith. I'm going to try to get it super watery here and see what happens once it dries. Then I have this tone here that I was pretty hematite, I was pretty excited about and it ended up being a little bit, I don't know if it's the binder or the pigment but I just can never get like if I try to make it very opaque. I have some trouble making it settle here and I think this black is pretty cool it's actually very dense. These are also lightfastness I these will last a long time on your paper. The black is actually pretty cool. I do like this black, but I'm telling you I had this experience where I had painted with the black and then let it dry in. I had to erase some pencil I had in the background and it lifted up the black so I didn't like that particularly. We can do a little test here this black is actually pretty nice and concentrated if you want to get a dark color. I'm just going to cover up this little guy here and see. I'm trying to get it pretty dark to see if it'll cover up our background and you can see it is a little bit translucent still. I'll do it even more translucent here. We can start to see how it dries. I think you didn't tell it. I'm not that into Daniel Smith. I'm pretty sure some people out there might be like, "I love them," but I don't know for me to just don't work that well. I don't really enjoy how it looks when it dries. I think it has a lot of extra texture that I personally don't enjoy that much in my work, but I do want to let it dry completely and then go back to it because once watercolors dry, they kind of start changing. We're just going to let this dry for a bit and we're going to start using Holbein. A funny story about Holbein is, I actually met the owner of the company in New York while I was at a trade show this year in 2017, and he was just telling me the story. I was always confused about why it was a Japanese brand and the name is Holbein. He just basically explained to me that his father had traveled to Japan and tried these paints out and was just very impressed, and he just chose a European name to make it. It was like what fit in the market at that point. I'm just a funny story, but the reason why he was so impressed was because these pigments are just amazing. I mean, I personally really like their color selection as well. I can't read Japanese, but I know that this set is like specifically for painting characters, but I liked their color combination. You can also get Holbeins in individual tubes like this. There's a couple of different sizes, so you have the small size which I believe is probably, it's this size here, and then you can go larger ones like that. The reason why I initially purchased this brand was because of this tone opera. As opposed to the neon watercolors, which we'll talk about more, when you paint with this one, it's not really a neon, it's more like a bright pink, like a hot pink, and this one actually does scan pretty well. You can have some bright colors and they'll do fine with your scanner. I am just going to start to put a little bit of these here. I mean, this color really caught my eye. Then this lavender, which is similar to the tone that I showed you in the Kisho Ganz. I think this colors really special lavender and not many watercolor sets have this color. You can see how beautiful this tone is here, and another one that really interested, I think this mineral Violet is really pretty, especially their reds and warmer tones, I think are really nice. They also have a beautiful orangeish red. I'm just trying out the ones that I think are are fun, and I believe this tone is the same. It's the same as this one that we have here, and I think it might be fun to show you. For example, I thought this shell pink is really cool, so it's like a pastel pink, which is hard to find with watercolors too. Usually when we work with watercolors in general, to get pastel tones, you need to add a lot of water to get a lighter tone. It's just interesting to have them out of the tube that way. The first thing I'm going to do is just try this opera, which seriously I think is just so cool. It's even brighter than the Winsor & Newton version. You can see here. I put a little bit next to Winsor & Newton and it's very similar, but something about holbeins just seems really special to me. You can tell how bright it is. It's so nice, and you can also blend it. For example, with this pastel pink and it look really pretty. Something that I really like about Holbein too is the texture. For example, you don't have to do too much blending. Once you have a little bit of your tube on your palate, it just mixes really easily, as opposed to Daniel Smith, which I feel like I don't know, I have to work in a lot. I feel like these are like ready to go and we can make some lavender here. These tones are really cool if you love more girly tones, like Unicorn stuff, I feel that these colors are really special for that kind of work. You can see really how creamy and soft the colors are. I really didn't have to blend that much. I don't know. It seems like the tones are just ready to go. Then I'm going to do a super watery one here. You see how it works out like that too. This mineral violet is a really nice tone as well. I just think I like the consistency a lot, and I think the colors are really special. These individual tube sets. There are more expensive than Winsor & Newton, but they're around the same price of Daniel Smith. I don't know for me personally, I just feel like Holbein is a way better brand than Daniel Smith. I personally would invest more in Holbein. For example, this red is just so gorgeous. It's just also very thick if you want it to be that way. Then if we start watering it down, we can get very lush and bright pigments. I might finish it off with a little bit of the opera pink. This leaf green, which is the same as the small one that I have here, I think this color is really special too. The colors are very bold, very bright. I'm going to start off with some water here, and of course, you can also mix this in with your other brands. Like right now I have a little bit of the liquid water colors here. I'm going to mix a little bit of this leaf green here with some leftover [inaudible] green's and they also mix well together. That's something that I like about Holbein as well. I also thought that this tone is very interesting. This sort of little beige tone, and I thought this was really special too. You can tell that they're very creamy. We just spilled a little bit of water here. Just dab it like that, and they blend really nicely within the same palette. Now, I think by using it here, it feels like it's very thick and I feel like and it could probably cover up a nice little square here. If I just water it down, we can get a nice transparency. For example, even though this lamina is a light color, you can actually almost use it as a wash paint. It gets like super thick if you wanted it to be that way. Very interesting for me personally, out of these three, Holbein is my favorite, I feel Japanese art supplies are great. The colors are really special. I really like how creamy they are, and I think they're a great compliment for your pen set to have some extra Holbein, if you're into that. This hot pink is spectacular. I think it's great. The lavender is great. Out of these three, you can guess that my least favorite is Daniel Smith. I don't know. I just really wasn't that into the texture and colors and general and Winsor & Newton is good too. If you're looking for something that's a bit cheaper. Not as expensive as other ones. Winsor & Newton is great. They have this opera that's a really cool color, that's similar to a Holbein opera. These are basically my watercolor tube experiments. Again, remember, if your little tubes dry up here, it doesn't matter. You can totally use them again. I'm not going to even clean this palette. I'd like to leave it this way and just keep using the colors over and over so you don't waste any. Those were the watercolor tubes. Please feel free to share your experience with tubes. If anyone loves Daniel Smith, please prove me wrong. I don't want to dis them. I just didn't think they were that great. 7. Neon Watercolors: Now we're going to talk about neon watercolors. This is a type of watercolor that I get so so many questions about. They're are hard to come across, but when you find some really cool brands, you can do amazing stuff with them. The very first neon watercolors that we're going to check out are these, they're by Kremer Pigments. You can see the little logo here, Kremer. I discovered these brands because I actually took a class in New York earlier this year on how to make your own water colors. I'm actually going to show you the pan set that I made. But in the shop they had the super cool fluorescent neon little separate pans, and I actually picked up a couple of these. I want to show them to you because they are out of this world. Really, I don't think I've ever used anything like that and I think you'll really enjoy them. What you can do with pen sets is you can put them in your sets as complements. This is what the two colors that I got look like. They're actually my [inaudible] set right now because this is the one that I use the most. I just thought I would lay them in there if I ever need them and just to like keep them there. But when you purchase it, it's just going to come in individual form like this. I do believe they actually sell a small set on their website. I'll put up a bunch of links and stuff in the class description and in the project gallery. But, just to let you know, it's a small shop in New York and they actually are German pigments. Very cool, and they're handmade, which is really cool too. I'm just going to show you how these paint. One thing that I do want you to know about watercolors that are neon is that if you're interested in scanning these later on, you're going to run into some trouble. When your scanner hits direct light like this, it cancels each other out, so it will look super weird. It almost looks like pastels. But we're just going start lathering this little pen here. You can already see that the color is just very extreme. I'm just going to start painting here. Seriously, I don't think I've ever used neon watercolors like this. They are beyond amazing. They're $9, I believe, for each little pan, but it's totally worth it and they'll really last a life. Not a lifetime, but a few years. They're just like watercolors in the sense that you can blend them really nicely. They can be very, very concentrated on one side and go through different transparencies. But look how it really shines. It looks almost like it's a light, like one of those neon signs. I'm just going to grab some of this orange here. You can see how crazy these are. Just going to add some water. Even as it gets transparent, you can see how the neon still lingers on. Something that I wanted to show you is that you can also blend it. For example, I have this little peach color in my other pan set. I'm just going to grab some of this and put it here for a sec. You can also blend it really nicely to make a soft neon color. If I were doing a painting with neons, I would probably use the neon just as a complementary color for something. I wouldn't necessarily want to oversaturate my painting with something so bright like this. But it's up to you. I'm just adding a little bit of a green here. It's a dirty neon there, but just wanted to show you how it blends. Seriously, Kremer paints, I don't even know how I came across them, but I think they are fantastic. The quality of their pigments are just out of control and it's all handmade and it's just a really nice shop. You can see the paint get pretty thick. I think because of the nature of the pigment, it'll never cover, it'll never be super thick and opaque. But for example, this start even looks really cool for me now, if you would do maybe a black ink drawing, and then paint some neon over it, that would look really cool too. Let's just try covering it up with, see neons look cool with black always. Very fun. They do have a website where you can order these and I definitely recommend them. They're probably the best quality neons I've ever tried. At least the brightest. These are really great. I only have two colors now, but they do have a set with the whole range of neons. That looks almost like a watermelon. That looks really cool. Now I'm going to show you the Kissho Gansai that we did in the beginning with the pan set. Remember how these had a little neon section. We're just going to go ahead and open the second level here. There we go, see. Remember I told you is pretty bulky. It is you have to get this section out of the way if you just want to use these. Here we have some yellow, a few oranges, and some pink. I think I'm pretty sure that's it for the neons. Yeah. Now, remember neon is not the same as bright. For it to be a neon paint it actually has to have the fluorescent pigmentation in there. For example, the Dr. Ph. Martin said that I showed you. Those are very bright colors, they can be like a hot pink, but they really don't make it to be an actual neon, an actual fluorescent. I'm just laddering this up, adding some water just to get it moist. You really do need to get some water in here before you can use them. I'm just going to show you how they all look. We can start with this yellow, which is super fun. We purposely kept a little bit darker in the studio here, just because you can really see the fluorescence of the paint when it's little bit darker. It's almost like a black light where you can see better when there's less light. It just takes a little light and really reflects it nicely, so that yellow is really crazy. These are actually really fun. Just keep in mind that if you do use neon or fluorescence, that's because you're going to do something with the original painting. Don't really think of it in terms of doing more productions because once you scan, this will basically disappear and turn into almost like a pastel color once you scan it. They're pretty hard to photograph too for them to look exactly like what you're seeing while you paint. But they're really cool if you're going to do some art show. I mean, they just are very impressive. Here's the pink. It's like a watermelon pink, pretty similar to what we had here with this kremer. It looks like almost the same pigment, but the texture of the paint is a little bit different. I told you before that Kissho. It feels like a gelatin sort of feeling. That would be the best way to describe it. They have this really cool hot pink that I think is almost like the opera that we used. Then they have this lighter orange. I'll show you how to blend. Will do a large blend here with the remaining darker orange that we have here. Well, it's like a pink. So you can see that they do blend in nicely. I'm going to use all hot pink. I have a feeling that this will be pretty translucent. When we do our little tests here, you can see that they don't have all that much coverage. If I were to use these, I would probably not do that much layering. Using neon's, I would do it more as like a signature tone for a painting, for example this, it looks like a magic marker like what you would go over with. Pretty light. I think this tone is probably my favorites, like this watermelon fluorescence. I think these are really cool. Again, a really cool thing about getting this big Kissho set is that they have metallics, and pastels, and neons in them, so that's really fun. I'm actually going to keep these close by because we have the metallics here. We're going to try later on for the Metallic Watercolor Demonstration. Well, I wasn't sure if I wanted to really include these two Holbein Tube sets in the neon exercise, but I decided, we would because this Coppertone is really so close to being a neon. This one actually I didn't want to show it to you. You already saw in the tube set review, but you can see that it really is up there. It's not just a bright watercolor it is almost fluorescent. This one actually does better with a scanner than the other two do. So that's a plus. If you're looking for something that's like super brighten almost neon, these whole blender are great for that. I also thought the leaf green was so bright. This needs to be super clean before I use it. It has this pigmentation to it. It's not quite as bright as these two are and in comparison it looks nothing like them, but when you're working with watercolors and you get some of this leaf color in there it does actually look really bright, almost neon like just going to add some water there to see how little wash works. Bright tones like this usually are pretty translucent. Of course, the more water we have, the more transparent it's going to get. In conclusion, weon Watercolors are super fun. These are actually starting to dry right now. Even if I move the paper around a little bit, you can see how it changes and it's almost like the same characteristics as a metallic paint would have that. Depending on where the light hits it, you can see it more or less. These are a lot of fun. I would definitely recommend picking some of these up because they can really give an extra something to your work and they just look extra special. Again, the Kissho set, all of it was a $100. Haven't really researched, but I'm pretty sure Amazon might sell just the neon set. I bought the Kremer's for $9 per pan. But again, I do know that they have a full neon set and they actually have a class where you can make your own neon watercolors. I'm really excited about that. I'm trying to see if I can attend that one this year. Holbein, I really wanted to include the opera pink because even though it's not exactly neon like these are, but it's very close. This is my sort of review for neon watercolors. If you guys know of any other ones, I think Kuretake has some two. But please feel free to share. The more the merrier, the more information we have, the better. Now we're going to move on to metallics. 8. Metallic and Pearlescent Watercolors : Now on to some super, super fun stuff again here. Metallic watercolors are extremely fun they are a great compliment to your watercolors again the same with just like neons, metallic watercolors are hard to scan. Just a quick tip if you're going to use metallic watercolors, make sure it's for like an original painting. I actually just did a little series of some tiny cards with metallic watercolors and the first one we're going to try out here is Kuretake. It's a Japanese brand I'm moving it around a little bit so that you can see the reflections. This would be a tiny set they have taste like a pearlescent or metallic watercolor. These are very cheap they're actually $17 about that's how much I got them for online. I have not seen these in a Blink store for example. I actually bought them here in Mexico in a little shop called Dreamy Shop. I can't read Japanese but you can see what the colors are here in the back. They are tiny, tiny little pen sets so here we're going to start trying these out. Just move this over here a little bit, these are really fun. I have a few that we're going to try out we have to really lather these up. This brand is okay but as you can see we don't get real full coverage. I'm not even sure if we really have to get the right angle to see how these metallics work. They do work but they're just not as thick as for example, the creams are going to be which is what I will show you next. They have this pink bronze here which is a little bit better, I'm actually going to moisten all of the tones first so that we don't have to lather so much that's a little tip for watercolors in general. Just adding a few drops of water it really helps speed up that process. For example, this color here is a little bit more thick and you can really see it here. When we paint with metallics it"s really is about capturing the right angle. That's why when we scan you can tell that there was a metallic there but it's not as impactful as it would be in real life. For example from where I'm sitting here right now I really can't see the reflection that well but I'm trying to see if I can move my paper around, I can start to see the glow when I hold it this way. It's wet right now so it does change when it starts drying. Then for example, this one here is just a basic pearl finish it's actually white. But I had a little bit of this bronze in here so you can also mix within. A cool thing to do is for example I'm actually going to dab this to get a little bit clean. Let's say you have some of these watercolors that I just used. I'm going to grab some of this lavender, this tube set, and paint a little bit of that here. Then I'm going to rinse this off, and just grab a little bit of this pearlescent watercolor. You can actually mix this with your other tones and create new metallic, which is really fun. If you have a tone like this which is just a pearly basic white, you can really do some cool stuff with your other paints just like that here. What's interesting about these is that they have these fun colors like this green, and then this is a dark silver which is pretty cool. I like this one here too. This is just a nice little set of metallic, they're not really extraordinary. They don't shine too much, but if you catch them in the right light, they're pretty cool. We're going to try to play around with light a little bit here in the studio to see if we can get an angle where it really starts shining, especially once they start drying so that you can see what it really looks like. I'm telling you these are these are okay. They're not like super professional or anything, but I mean they're fun. You can see they are very, very transparent they don't really have that rich opaque coverage for example, Kremer Those are actually my personal favorite you'll see why. These are cool alternative though and the price is pretty good. If you notice the light looks a little bit different right now we just tried some new lighting. Both neon's and metallics have a lot to do with how light reflects, it's tricky to capture it. If you can see what we just did in the neon's awhile back with this light burns out a little bit, but for metallics it really helps us show you what the shine looks like. This Kuretake one is actually drawing right now, but you can actually even see how it starts to look different if we got a nice reflection there. Now we're going to try out my personal favorite metallic watercolor paints they are called Kremer Pigments. The box looks like this and here we go. You can see this brand is so amazing I fell in love with this. It's a little shop, it's German and they have the most beautiful pigments I've ever seen really. This is their metallic set. I actually took a class there earlier this year and I made my very own watercolors, which I'll show you later. Well we actually do some gold paint there and I fell in love with it and at the very end of the class, I noticed they had this whole set of metallics in the shop and I just had to have it. This set here is a $120 which it is a little bit pricey, but I mean it's so worth it, and they're all handmade. They're actually hand poured and hand mixed, it's a really nice craft. This little set comes with the paints. And I'm trying to show you here on camera, trying to show you the best. There we go. You can really see how these metallics work. For example, this one right here has a green shimmer tool that you might not see directly here on the pen. But when you have your little test here, you can really tell what kind of color is going to reflect. Again, it's all about capturing the light, just right. This one comes with a black color too, which I'll show you. You can paint some black and then a little bit of metallic over that, which is a good complement. I'm going to pend a little bit of time on this set. I really want you guys to see it. It's really beautiful. The quality is just out of this world. Let's get started with the Kremer set. Let me just see if I can leave this here. I'm actually going to do a little bit of black of here, so that it dries, and then you can see what the metallic looks like over some black. Just painting a little bit of the same Kremer pigments black, I'm just going to have that dried. Let's just start. I we'll just go from basically from top to bottom. These watercolors in general, not just the metallics like the whole brand is really nice. I'm actually looking forward to buying some new sets. I have this and I have the one that I actually handmade. I think they are wonderful. The quality of their pigments is great. I'm telling you that we made our own in just like the ingredients of the binder and everything is just really nice. They have some nice, not only golden silver, which is what you usually get when you try to get metallic ink, for example. But they do have these bronze tones and they have a lot of PR lessons. I'm just going to go through these one by one and then we'll talk about them when I finish filling out this little chart here. Just a quick comment here, you can see really the difference between the quality. For example, the Kremer pigments like they really fill up the whole area nicely. Whereas like the current talky ones, which are a bit cheaper. It's more like for fun wherever student grade stuff. It is a little bit more like transparency and like washy, and here you can get some nice thick full coverage. Now, I'm just going to go through them and just do a little chart of every tone we have in this set here. I just finished laying out all the colors in this pen set here. If you could tell, you can't really see the difference in between all of these lighter colors when you're painting. Here, I'm trying to get the camera capture what they look like, when they get a reflection. There we go, you can really see it here. You can see how this one has like a little green particles, and this one has purple and blues and it just looks really different. Like for example, if we're going here where it's a little bit darker as when we go here or the light really starts hitting. You can start to see it here in the current togas to that we used, how you can get these little glimmers when we move our paper around. I left a little spot here because I wanted to show you that you can actually mix your paints. I have some of this Winsor Newton blue that we used a while ago. I'm just going to lay a little bit out, and I'm going to try to find here on this little chart which one is my bluish one and I can see that it's this one up here. If we just grab a little bit of this paint and put it in here with our Winsor Newton watercolor, we're going to get super fun, shiny blue, like royal pearlescent blue, and we can almost do a gradient. Again, these chroma pigments are very creamy and lush. When you just look at it like that, you won't really see much but when we start moving our paper around, you can really see how it shines. Especially, if we wait for it to dry a little bit, you'll really see the difference. Now, what I wanted to show you here with our little transparency check was that Kremer pigments are just so rich and full of it. We can actually use them just in a way that some of our tube sets were very pigmented and see it'll cover up that little hard pretty much completely. Obviously, if we want to get something lighter out of it, even though I added water, it's still pretty covered up but you can see it under there. We'll just wait for it to dry, there we go just like remove a little bit. But obviously, if you cover it up with one of these colors in here, it'll just be a lot lighter. [inaudible] and these were Kremer and made per lesson sets. I want to show you what it looks like, over black, which is really cool too. Would grab a little bit of this here, it's not quite dry and grab a little bit of this here, it'll have some nice contrast. Very interesting paints. Again, we're just going to wait for it to dry a little bit and then we'll do a little review of all of the metallics together. This is definitely my favorite brand for metallics and, or per lessons. What I'm going to show you now is key shows version of that. Remember the whole set of 72 of these is a $100 which is not bad at all. They come with the neon's, and then they have this section here where you can see they have these pre-lessons here, and then they have two golds and this one is like a light silver. So we're going to try these out too, I do like them. But again, if you notice with the Kremers, they were just so nice and creamy and they really don't even need that much water to get active. What I'm going to do here is just dive a little bit of water on each one to get it going here we go we get this going, and we have these up here. So these pre-lessons here are similar to the ones that we just used where there are very light. But when you turn them to this side, you can really see how they reflect the light, can see up there too. I'm just going to start to show you what these look like. They are good but they are more similar to current talky then they are too Kremer. I think those are really the best metalics that I've really ever found. But for example, key shows gold is really good. They have two different golds, one is a little bit warmer. I think these are pretty good, they're legit like you can do some nice paintings using these, but you can still see like little bit of transparency there. I wouldn't say that these are good enough, but I would still stick with Kremer pigments if you want metalics. I'm just going to continue and trial of these out, and then do the little transparency test. [inaudible] Just finishing up with our key shows, and as you can see, some of these are pre-lesson and then this one is actually like golden. It actually is like pretty thick and lush, similar to the Kremer pigments here. I have to say out of this set, I think that this gold is pretty much like the richest one that they have. Both golds are actually pretty good, but the rest of them aren't necessarily metallics, they are pre-lessons. Which just means that they're lighter colors, but they have a nice reflection to them. What I did here was just a little bit of exercises like combining some of the tube sets with some pre-lessons just to see how they look all mixed together. What I want to do right now is have this dry a little bit and then show you what they look like. Because it does change a little bit once the color is really settle in, so we're just going to be back with you in a few moments. The metalics are pretty much dry by now, and I just wanted to take a moment and show you what they look like once they've dried, they do change a little bit. They really get that shine in there, it just looks so different from when the light hits it to when it does it. It's really interesting to see how that changes, you can really tell. All these brands are pretty good and again, I've said it a bunch of times, I think kremer is definitely my favorite. But Kissho has some good golds like these two are really good. They're definitely right up there with the Kremers, and look how cool the metallic looks with the black. So that's really nice combination, it really makes it pop. This blue though, that we mixed with some of the pre-lesson, which really fun too. I think these are pretty awesome, there's so much fun. I just have so much fun, moving this all around and showing you guys. Now, we are going to go onto handmade watercolors, which are pretty cool too. 9. Handmade Watercolors: Okay guys. Now we're going to talk about something a lot more artisanal. This is about hand-made watercolors, and I've recently started using a couple of these. The very first ones, I tried our green-leaf, and blueberry. You guys can get these on her Etsy shop. She hand makes these in Colorado, and they come in a really cute tin like that. I've been using this area here to mix colors.They're like some nice earthy tone. Here, I actually chose these color myself because we're doing a fun giveaway together, and I saw her chart, and these were the ones that I thought were the most interesting. You're going to notice how these handmade watercolors do look actually a little bit different than what you might be used to in in other watercolors usually because the rest of the watercolors might be synthetic pigments, and these are actually earth pigments. Both of these are actually earth pigments. Watercolors, and pigments in general come from the earth, and minerals, so they have really cool stories behind them, and it's really fun to use them in a traditional way. There's something really special about them. I took that class at Kraemer, and I learned so much about the paint I use, and I just thought it was just really interesting to find out how watercolors are made, and there's a lot to it, so just as great in her online shop. She needs no help for me promoting at all. They sell out super quick, but if you ever see someone selling handmade watercolor paints, like definitely it's worth the price, because these take a long time to make, and they're super artisanal. I didn't put the price here because I tried to check on her Etsy, and everything was sold out, but I think for like a 100 bucks, you can get a nice set of handmade watercolors. I'm just going to start using these right now. They all look a little bit dark in this tin right here, but when you start painting, you can actually see the richness in the colors. I just think there's something really beautiful about painting with super artisanal watercolors. She uses all pure pigments just so we have like the real color. In a few go on her website. You can see what each color is made out of, and it's just really, really interesting. She has this really nice ogre to. It reminds me of the Windsor, and noon ogre that I told you so much about. It's just a really rich color. It's really nice, and actually I have a student, Eunice, if you're here. Hello. Eunice she's my online student, but she was my student in a workshop in LA, and she had this little set of green-leaf and blueberry watercolors, and I just thought they were so cute, and so nice, and just very special in general. That's how I came to know this brand, and then I actually developed a friendship with Jess. Who is the creator of this brand, and she is awesome as you would expect. Look at this little bright yellows really nice. You're going to start to see like for example, this tone here, this little kind of turquoise, it has little grain to it. If you really get close in here, you can actually see the little particles of the mineral. Here we go, that's a little bit more pure, and I kind of like this, because these watercolors have a certain texture that the other watercolors don't have, and it can be really interesting for your paintings. It gives it something that you can't really achieve with regular, more commercial paints. You can really see the little grainy texture there. That is just part of the natural pigment, and as I'll draw, you will begin to see it more, and more. All of these are all colors from the earth, and Jess and I actually teamed up, and we did fun giveaway on Instagram, and I painted a butterfly illustration using her paints, and had so much fun, and I've been using them a lot since. There's a nice wash there. Some really nice turquoise is in greens. You can tell this color palette is really different, for example, from the Japanese ones, that have been using more synthetic pigments, and dyes. These are more earthy, more natural. My favorite are these browns that are just so pretty enrich. This one in particular. It's almost like a violet brown. It's probably one of my favorites from this set, and you can see how it mixes really nicely. With this ocher up here. A little bit of darker violet there, and a couple more browns, and what I really want to show you is the very last one, it's called magnetite. You guys, this paint is magnetic, you can actually have these little particles moving around in it, and if you grab a magnet, the paint will actually move with it. I'm going to try, and demonstrate. I'm trying to save you guys can see how there's little magnetic particles in here. It's a texture that I've really never seen in any other type of watercolor, or brand. You can see how it starts move around there. It's really cool, it's really special. For example, these panes have little magnets on the bottom, and if you get really close there, you can even see how it moves around, because the paint is magnetic. I mean, it's insane. It's really, really cool. You can achieve some really cool, and if you see the paint stays here on the magnet. It's really crazy. I don't think I've ever used anything like that, and it's definitely worth a try, because once this dries, it's going to look really fun. I'm actually going to grab a little bit of this, and put some here, and see how it has these fun texture. You can also mix this with another color, and this was really my favorite part of green leaf blueberry paints. I was really impressed with the magnetic paint. I don't think I had ever used anything like that. You can mix it with different colors, and so for example, I wanted to show you that this tone here, which is the violet brown, it's super rich, and I think these paints really have a lot to do with what type of pigment is being used. This pigment is very rich that way, whereas this turquoise is covers up too, but it's not as rich as the violet brown, and then the blues are pretty translucent. Little bit more water, and obviously, yellows are always pre-translucent. Can see here? This one it's pretty thick too. It's really been a joy using Jess's handmade watercolors. You can see that this palette in particular is very earthy. All of her watercolors are more like that. You can really feel the earth pigments in them and it's really nice if that's like the style you're going for. It's definitely way different than painting with neon's and those lavender tones, but I really like this too. Like for example, I paint a lot of gemstones and I like to combine pastels with all this and I do a lot of mixing. That's why a lot of people ask about what colors I use and I never can really give an answer because I mix every single type of watercolor that I'd have to achieve the feeling that I'm looking for. This was a green-leaf and blueberry. It's great because it's just like a tiny tin like this. I think this are coming like altoid tins. This one is a bit bigger than that, but they're really cool and great if you're traveling. Lastly, for handmade watercolors, we're going to check out the set that I handmade. I actually made these paints myself in New York. I took a class. They're super messy right now because as you can tell, when you make watercolors there actually like in the little liquidity form and you need some time for them to dry completely and I had to catch a plane the next day so this tone here spilled into the middle and this one spilled here, but they still work fine, they're great. I'm just going to show you what my favorite tones were that came out of these. This class was called rare earth and minerals. It was a class on historic pigments and we basically used the original pigments that came from the earth and it was a really fun experience. You've got to see each stone and how the mineral looked in its raw form and then how they chemically separated it. Then we used a binder to make our own colors. It's a super fun experience. If you ever have a chance to make your own watercolors, I highly recommend it. For example, these colors are pretty similar to what I showed you with green-leaf, blueberry, they're very earthy. Obviously, I'm not an expert at making my own watercolors this was like the first time I had ever done it and some of the watercolors turned out a little bit greener than they should, I guess, but others turned out really cool and we actually even made our own gold, which was fun. I'm going to show you graphite which is what pencils are originally made out of. That was probably my favorite tone. But look at this, this is a really, really cool tone here. I had a lot of fun making this one and the quality of the pigments at this place is really nice. You can make a really nice wash here. I think my favorite thing from this class was making this graphite tone here. I'm trying to say this is technically a metallic paint because it does have that shimmer to it, but not to that extent. When you use a pencil, you can see how it has a little bit of a reflection to it and that's what this has. It's really just made out of graphite. I'm going to move the paper around a bit too so you can see how it shines, but it's just like the coolest gray I've ever used and it's very rich too. If we pick this up and it's a little bit wet right now, but you can see in a light that this does have that metallic shimmer to it. I think you have to wait for it to dry a little bit more. We'll check it in a few. Then this dirty pink is one of my favorites too. I'm just going to lather this up a little bit here. Again, these tones are very, very earthy, very different from any other types of watercolors I've ever used and they're just so fun. I painted a whole series on using these watercolors I might show you so you can see what they look like all mixed together. Then we'll just try out see for example, this green turned out really greeny. I don't know if I did such a good job with this one here, if you get really close you can see that it's super, super greeny. These browns are really rich, really nice. It's just really cool to see watercolors in their purest form being created and then this is lapis blue, which is really hard to come across. It's like the original blue from the earth so they just really have something very special to them. Then this is actually a synthetic one but the teacher said it just looked cool with the whole set together and I think she's right. It's like a synthetic gold pigment, but it does look really pretty with the rest of the earthy watercolors. Then this black is really nice too. It's like the ultimate black. You can see that it looks way darker than any other black that we've used like in comparison to this block here. That's a Dr Ph Martin. This black is like the pitches black there ever was and if you add some water to it, we have some really cool grays. These watercolors, I noticed really varied in the type of pigment. For example, this pigment here, even though I tried to get a lot of water on it, it just seems to stay pretty much dry, but, for example, I think this is pretty translucent too. But for example, like dirty pink, this one is very, very thick and it can get to be very opaque same with the black. I think this turquoise can get pretty thick too, but still it's a light color and I'll show you what it looks like with water. This is the blackest black, which is obviously going to cover up whatever was underneath here and this blue has a bit of transparency to it. These are the handmade watercolors that I made at Kremer pigments. I'm actually going to show you some paintings that I did using these with the metalics because I want you guys to see how I think is a cool way to mix all of this together. I'll be with you in a second with these little mini paintings. 10. Show and Tell: Throughout this demonstration class, we've been seeing a lot of different types of watercolors and not only different types and different brands but different effects we can have. I just wanted to show you how I personally think that these fun effects like metallics or neons, just like the best way to use them would be in my opinion. I think that when we're using these embellished effects a little bit of less is more. I have these little cards that I did here and well, they're actually not cards, they're like mini watercolor paintings and I just wanted to show you how for example, I actually used a combination of, I did the handmade watercolors with metallics and a little bit of neon in there. I just wanted to show you how it's cool to play around with these paints. If you were to do a watercolor painting using just all metallics it would look weird. You do need some of that flattered contrast to see the beauty in the metallics. For example here what I did is just parts of this gem have a little bit of that shine to it but not all of it does and the little embellished parts here. I have this sort of neon one that I did here and it has a black moon and just a little bit of neon in this area and metallic on the edges. Same here. It's just like fun ways to see how you don't need to do everything necessarily like using these specialty paints. Here's another example, this is the graphite and you can tell how it does shine a lot. It's the same one that we tried out here but it's still wet down here. This is what it looks like when it's dry. I did use some white ink to help me out with these which I will demonstrate in the extras section. I just wanted to show these quickly so you can see. For example, here's an example of metallics under black water color. You can really see the contrast there especially when we move it around like that. Here's just a little fun playing around with metallic watercolors. You can really see how every single per lesson tone looks different. If we switch it around to like let's say this side when we don't have light, it really doesn't look that cool. But when we go like that, we really get some nice effects. Another gemstone here. I just did a series. I'm actually going to post these on Etsy pretty soon and see this looks like really cool the contrast. I just have some neon here but it's not like a painting full of neon. You have to choose where to place it in order for it to really shine and I really love like minerals and crystals. For example, these little triangles up here are some white ink which I talked a lot about in the watercolor and mixed media class and all. For those of you who haven't taken that class I'll do a little quick demonstration here. I'm just like showing you how I like to use all of these together. Here's little some of that lapis blue, like I did a little gradient with the lab is blue in to you can see there, yeah. Some of that Kramer per lesson and a little bit of gold and like the black is really important to have some contrast. There we go. You can really see up here how it shines. Just like some fun, these are just some fun textures. See, you really can't like for example neons are crazy how they change like. Before flipping it to this side it looks nothing like a neon and then we start going like this and it's a totally different thing. It's really important to keep in mind that lighting is a big thing when we use these specialty paints. I always struggle a lot taking pictures for Instagram and stuff when I use these but it's really worth it. They look very, very cool. That was just a little artist tip on how to use all these different paints together. Now we're going to move onto extras because I have a few paints that I really didn't get to show you that are a little bit different, so we're going to move on to that and then that will conclude our watercolor brand class. 11. Ink and Extras: So this last video here, I just wanted to do a little section on a few paints that I couldn't get to. For example, I ordered these Liquitex gouache paints the other day online. They look really cool. I was like trying to find some fun metallic paints. This is not technically a watercolor, but a lot of watercolor artists enjoy painting with gouache too. Mainly because if you use enough water it can sort of simulate watercolor. The fun thing about gouache paint is that if you use less water, it can almost look like an acrylic. For example someone like Anna Bond from Rifle Paper. You guys are probably familiar with her work. She has a huge brand of stationary. She uses gouache paint, not necessarily these at all because these are pro paints. Just so you guys get an idea of how gouache usually looks. I personally prefer watercolors, but a lot of people do use gouache and they're really fun. These are glittery and I just thought they would be fun to show you guys what these look like. Liquitex is a really good gouache brand. I can't remember the price of these exactly, but they were not super expensive, but I know that they can be a bit pricier than other gouache brands. I'm just going to show you for example, these are the Pro series. Again, it's going to be sort of like the metallic situation that we had where if you look at it from a certain angle, it really does change. Right after that you can see how the texture is so different from water colors. It's a lot more thick and pasty, you can add water to it. But just like the texture in general is different. See if we add more water, it turns more into a watercolor which is really interesting. What I think is interesting about gouache is that you can get rougher. If you want to do a rougher effect, you can definitely do that. When this dries, I'll do a little reflection for you so you can see what it looks like. I'll just try it out a few different colors so you guys can see how these look. I'm just putting a little bit of gouache paints on my palette here. For someone that's interested, like for example in acrylics or watercolors, you might want to start out with a gouache set. This can really help you figure out how you use your paint more. You can see it's like more thick and more. You can actually like layer on. The thing with wash that you can't do with watercolor is layer on these thicker layers like that. With watercolor, you have to think in transparencies and go lighter to darker, I teach that in my previous classes especially watercolor textures. But here with gouache, just show you how it looks super different than watercolors do. Also you can get this paintbrush texture. It's way different from watercolors. I just thought it might be interesting to show you what other types of paint look like. These for example when they dry, you can start to see there's a little bit of shimmer in there definitely not as much as with the metallic watercolors, but they do have a little shiny shimmer thing going on here. These are the Liquitex pro sets. They're pretty interesting. I myself don't use them that much but I have done a few different style paintings. For example, if you want to paint over wood or some other texture like that, they're pretty cool for that. If anyone is curious about these, this is what they look like when they're on paper. They're pretty cool actually. So these just arrived yesterday in the mail, I didn't add them to the pan set section. One thing that I do absolutely love about Japanese art supplies in general is everything is so cute and there's so much detail and this is something that I love about Japanese stuff in general. The box is beautiful and it has these cute little fruits on it. If you open this up, I got this on an online shop in Mexico too. She has a [inaudible] shop, it's called Dreamy Shop. It's pretty cool. This is actually a little travel set. If you open it up like that, this is cool because you can actually have water in here. It's like a little baby thermos and it comes with its little brush. It has a little palette here so that you can do your mixing. So Kuretake is very similar to Kissho that I showed you in the pan sets. Basically what I reviewed there with the watercolor, like the way the water colors work would be very similar to this. These are little half pans. They're nice and small. Basically very similar to the Kisshos. They're pretty good and Kuretake is a nice brand. For some reason, Japanese art supplies seem to be not as expensive as European art supplies. That's just something to keep in mind. These are just your basic watercolors. I think these are pretty cool especially if we want to travel. It has a nice convenient little thermos. So something with these types of watercolors, I do feel like they dry a little bit funny. You can totally paint with these they're really nice. One other thing I did want to show you is, so if you guys are have trouble finding metallic watercolors they're I mean, I'm telling you right now, they're not that easy to find. They really aren't. Something that you can try out is some metallic ink. You really have to mix it up though. See how this one is gold here. So, a nice alternative for watercolors instead of watercolor, metallic watercolors is to get these inks. So ink is way easier to find in metallic than watercolors. I'm just trying to shake this up a little bit because it does separate. You can see here how it kind of, the metallic part sticks to the bottom. This can be used as calligraphy ink or really any other type of ink. Here you go. See how it's super watery, super liquid. But I just wanted to show you how these are good alternatives. If you can't find the watercolor and you really want to use gold paint. I'm just trying to mix some up here and it will be nice and watery. The same way that like a Bombay ink was or like the India ink was. There's a little bit of bubble in there because I did just shake it up. But so, see these are nice if you can't get your hand on metallic watercolors, ink is a great alternative. Windsor and Newton has a beautiful gold. It has little particles of golden move around. I couldn't find my gold Windsor, but I did bring my silver ink. This is really cool because it really does cover up. It's not really translucent. It is kind of nice and thick. So that's a nice, and also, ink you can usually paint on other things too, like wood for example. So then this is the Windsor Newton's silver. You do have to shake it up a little bit too. The pasty pigment sticks to the bottom. You can see here and it's very liquid that moves around. I'm just going to wipe off my brush from the gold. So this Windsor Newton ink is pretty cool too. You can see that it moves around really nicely. It's super smooth, it glides. The thing about ink though, is that ink does eventually dry up. So if you don't use this up and you kind of just have it lying in your studio in a couple of years. It will definitely just dry up and be kind of clumpy. Again, Metallic are really cool to combine with. See I have these little hearts here to combine with black. They really do come to life when you do that. The very last thing that I want to show you in this extras section is, we talked about this a while back. This is my absolute favorite white ink. I get a lot of questions on how do you do the white details at the end of your paintings? This is really what I use it. This is really what I use. For example, I'm going to go back to these little guys that I made here. I use white ink a lot for these tiny, tiny details. You can see it around here. I like to do a lot of outlining too. You can see here I did some outlining with white. I like to use a really tiny brush and just go over my work. Here, for example, in this little. You can see I have these little petals around the sun. So some people actually use gel pens. I tried gel pens and I personally didn't really like it. I just didn't like the way it looked and I didn't like the way it felt either. For me, opaque white ink is the best. It's called opaque white and it's Japanese as well. It's super, it's very thick like this. You need to grab a little bit and just something like that. Have a little bit on your brush. Then you can just put it here on your palette. Just have a clean space for it. I try to cover it up because it does actually keep moist for a long time. If you add some water to it, it'll kind of revive. But it can get a little bit like crusty if you expose it for too long. So the cool thing about this ink is that you can water it down a lot. So I'm just going to go over here and you can see how it can get watery. It reacts weird with a blush. But it reacts really nicely with watercolor. You can see here. Then you can get it to be super, super thick and super opaque. So you can do a lot of nice little details. I have a thicker brush right now, but if I had a really thin brush, you can do really cool detailing with this white ink. I have tried a bunch of different brands. I can't say enough about this type of whiting. It really is the best. There is no contest. So this is basically where we finish our class. I just wanted to show you a little bit of these extras. Just so you guys have an idea of every single type of watercolor that I use. In the next video, I'm just going to explain what your final project for this class is going to be. Which is going to be basically what I just did for you and try to do it for the rest of the class, just using pictures. 12. Final Project, your own guide.: So this class has been more of a demonstration and I'm really glad that you guys watch this because I know how confusing it can get with watercolors supplies, and especially with paints. There's just so much out there, so much variety and I just really wanted to lay it all out for you guys. I'm hoping that you can do the same for someone else. I have a bunch of different brands of watercolors. I do this for a living, so it's not a surprise that I would have all of this and to show you guys, but I obviously don't have every single type of watercolor out there. What I really want to do is for the project gallery of this class to end up being a really cool source and really cool library for anyone who's interested in water colors, we can all collectively share information. What would be super awesome would be if you guys could create a chart of your own, even if you only have one brand of watercolor and even if you guys maybe like don't even like your type of watercolor, I think it would really fun for you guys to share with everyone else and do your own little reviews, just posting pictures of demonstrating how you think your watercolors work. How did they hold up? Just like write down, let say if you guys have a Crayola pan set right down like a pan set and then just say Crayola and maybe $5 and just show us how they work. Any brand of watercolor works. We really want to get like a nice big library here and also, it would be cool if you guys would share where you live and what cool shops exist near you and maybe someone else in your area will read that and discover a new fun place. I'm going to do the same. I'm going to add my project to the project gallery and basically just reviewing what we saw today, I separated it into first different types of watercolor. So the first one we did was Pen sets and for every type of paint I did a little transparency or translucent test just to see how they work. For example, here this should pinky, like it got super opaque and would cover up a little image on the back and just show you how they work within each other. Basically it's just like trying it out. Maybe you show us your favorite colors for each brand. I showed you my favorite colors for. Here you go up here like all the Kissho Gansai why I think it's special and then we went along and did a little bit of the liquid water colors I just showed you, the inks that I had.We went through watercolor tubes and I guess you guys to remember that Daniel Smith really wasn't my favorite and that's nice. That's good too, you guys can buy some watercolors and maybe regretted later and be like, I wish I wouldn't have got that and maybe this guide can help other people. Sometimes all my reviews can help but it would be really cool for us to like we're this cool community now and just share our thoughts on different brands. Then this page was super fun, we went through specialty watercolors, which would be neons or fluorescent watercolors and these are hard to come across. They're not that easy to find and I just wanted to share with you what I thought were the best out there and all of course post links to where to get all of this. It's important for you guys to like know the price, like right off about. Then we went through a little bit of metallics, where you can see these are super fun, they're very different.I had not started using these until recently, and I think they're very complimentary to anyone's artwork. Then we did the handmade watercolors section. I would love to see what you guys use at home, I'm always very interested. There's a lot of brands that you guys show me that I had never heard of and it's super fun to discover through you. For example, Greenleaf and Blueberry I discovered through a student and now I love these paints and I think they're super awesome. Create your own chart, you don't have to do all of this maybe you just have one brand you want to share or if you want to share all of your types of watercolors go for it. Be just go just you can take pictures or scan, but just please post it on the project gallery. What I really want to do is have like a nice library and we can all share our preferences and what we like and what we don't like. Thank you for joining me and I'll see you next time.