1/Understanding a Watercolor

Basic Concepts


This chapter lays out some of the basic concepts that you will need in order to better understand the characteristics of watercolors, such as the nature of the pigments, their granularity, opacity, and transparency, and monopigment colors. We will then look at the specific characteristics of the 11 colors that we recommend you use in order to build up a balanced basic palette.

The Nature of Pigments

Watercolors are made from colored powders called pigments. These are mixed with a water-based binding agent consisting of gum arabic or dextrin. The formulation is completed with additives known for their ...

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