There are hundreds of watercolour paints on the market, with widely varying characteristics, appearances and names. This easy-to-use book cuts through the confusion and allows you to identify those that are best suited to your style of work and build a balanced palette of exceptional colours.
Understand the composition and qualities of different formulations - from single-pigment paints to special hue mixtures, from grainy sedimentary pigments to lighter-bodied and transparent watercolours.
Discover the pros and cons of organic and inorganic pigments; find out about the very latest synthetic pigments and iridescent colours; learn how to conduct your own lightfastness experiments.
You'll also find information on choosing and using a wide range of creative palettes, each with an explanation of the colours and their qualities, advice on mixing, and a step-by-step painting demonstration.
Jan Hart has been a professional watercolour artist and teacher for over 25 years. Based in Espanola, New Mexico, she runs classes and artists' painting vacations at her home studio as well as organising workshops in Seattle, Arizone, and Costa Rica. The spectacular landscape, light, and colours of New Mexico provide an endless source of inspiration for Jan's watercolours. Jan has a Bachelors degree in Chemistry, which is one of the reasons she so loves pigments, and indeed why she became a watercolour artist.
Essentials Pigment properties Making esthetic choices Subjects Pigment glossary Index and credits