- Watercolour (also called aquarelle) is a painting method where paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution.
- Watercolour paint consists of four main properties - watercolour pigment, gum arabic (binder to hold the pigment), honey and preservatives.
- The paints are diluted using water and the tonal values will vary from dark to light depending on the water mixed with the paint.
- Watercolours are known for their transparency and appear more vivid than acrylics or oils because the pigments in watercolours are in a purer form.
- It also comes in handy for Plein-air artists who love painting outdoors.
- Watercolour works well with other mediums like coloured pencils and inks to create mixed media composition.
- Watercolours are heavily water-based, as soon as two set colours touch, they begin to bleed into each other, which makes the blending process easy.
- It also gives a translucent finish.