Watercolor Sets for Kids

Looking for low-cost, non-toxic watercolor sets for kids or for your classroom? Try the Prang Oval-Pan Watercolor 16 well set. With a few modifications you can crate serviceable palettes for less than $9.00 apiece. Prang colors are AP certified non-toxic by the Art & Creative Materials Institute (so should a student decide to eat their watercolors, no problem).

How to Paint Skies with Watercolor II

Watercolorists have a lot of tricks up their sleeves for painting skies. In this post we will explore two of them, lifting out, and wet in wet. Remember, no trick is a replacement for real observation in nature. These methods become very powerful when coupled with genuine study of the sky. Click on any illustration

Pied-billed Grebe: step-by-step

Copying is a great way to quickly improve your drawing skills. It helps to be able to see the process that another artist uses. As you imitate the approach or even individual drawings of artists that you like helps you understand how someone else draws. You can then adapt those ideas for your own drawings.

Unified Theory of Color

The way that pigments mix (subtractive color mixing) to produce colors is different from the way that colored lights mix (additive color mixing). The connections between these two systems are elegant if you use cyan, magenta, and yellow as pigment primaries instead of red, yellow, and blue.  Cyan, magenta, and yellow are the true primary colors for pigment

Reinventing the Wheel: Why Red is not a primary color

  Ever had a painting turn to mud when you try to mix colors? The good news is it is not you. Conventional color theory using red, yellow and blue does not work. It will turn your pictures to mud and frustrate you as you struggle to mix colors that are impossible with this color

Customizing the Cotman Sketcher’s Pocket Box

    The Winsor & Newton Cotman Sketcher’s Pocket Box is an excellent little palette. It is inexpensive, sturdy, and small enough to bring on a backpacking trip. It is good straight out of the box. However, with a little customization, it will serve you even better. The original pigments are student grade. As you

Choosing Watercolors

  Need help choosing watercolors for your travel or field palette? Start by accepting that there is no perfect palette. Your watercolor choices will change over time. As you discover new art supplies and colors you may add them to your palette while removing others that you never use. As you add or delete colors