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My favorite watercolors

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I am a mixed media artist and art instructor. I teach students of all ages to expand their creativity by learning how to paint, art journal, and to create beautiful mixed media greeting cards. I am also the author of several art and coloring books. This  section contains links to my favorite area materials for you to explore.

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 You can also link to my YouTube channel where you will find several free introductory art videos to help you explore your creativity while working on the fun projects.

On this blog we are going to have fun talking about my favorite watercolor paints. There is a quick explanation on each brand and links to help you land in the Amazon page with these items if you wish to try any of these materials.

Happy creating! 



My favorite watercolor paints in the professional category are Daniel Smith and Windsor and Newton. These two brands have beautiful products. Their colors are saturated and stunning. 

Daniel Smith watercolors are made in the USA. The company manufactures professional artist quality watercolor paints, oil paints and mediums. The brand has high standards, its colors are rich and have fantastic lightfastness and permanence.


Windsor and Newton


Windsor and Newton professional line is also fantastic! The brand has an extensive palette with 108 colors to choose from. Colors have different properties, from permanence, lightfastness, opacity, staining and granulation.  


Windsor and Newton  also offers the studio or student line  "Cotman".  These are also very good quality materials but a bit less saturated, therefore more affordable and suitable for students or beginners. I actually use the professional line at my studio and often practice and travel with my Windsor and Newton Cotman watercolor set.  



More affordable .- I also use and love other watercolor brands that may be a bit less costly but that also produce good quality  art materials. Among them Koi watercolors by the Japanese brand Sakura. This brand makes high quality materials including the famous Pitt pens that are used and loved by artists and illustrators worldwide. 

Lastly, it is also worth mentioning the Gansai Tambi watercolors by Kuratake. These beautiful watercolors are traditionally used by artist in Japan. They differ from traditional watercolor paints because they are dye based and therefore are smooth and more opaque. I particularly like the wide wells used by the brand because it allows me to use a large brush directly from the well. *The brand has small sets with 6 or 12 colors that make a good option if you wish to try them out. 




I've tested and use all these watercolor brands, often alternating between projects. Weather you are an experienced watercolorist or are starting your watercolor journey you will not go wrong when adding any of these reputable brands and good quality paints to your repertoire.