Friends, I don't know much about paints. It's the truth. If you started a conversation with me about paints before and I looked blankly through you smiling and nodding, it was because I gots zero facts.
Truth is, I just experiment until I find what works best for me and then I stick to it till it implodes/is no longer manufactured.
For example, many years ago now, I wanted to learn <my now numero uno passion>, watercolour. I had never really attempted it and found it all so overwhelming. That was until I found the easiest, (child) friendly product made. It's called the aquarelle pencil! Guys! It's a pencil crayon that you splash water on and BAM…Watercolour. I got mine from where most magical items come from. From the kids section at IKEA (you can also pick up a few stuffed animals and call it a day). If you are interested in learning how to watercolour then my friend, look no further. This is where you start. Get really comfortable with it until it dumps you because you were being 'too clingy'.
That's when you move on and on to the second most mythical magical product (that I once saw a Disney Pixar illustrator use on the extras dvd of Up) the Water Brush Pen. Imagine that a paintbrush and a vase made a baby, that baby would be this. You fill the handle with water, squeeze to saturate the brush and dab onto your palette (or aquarelle crayons - can't ever have too much amazingness) and Bobs your father's brother. It's portable and so easy to use. I use to carry them around with me everywhere and a little mini palette but then #kids.
Once you have mastered this, it's time young grasshopper, to move onto real ass paints and brushes. My personal favourites is the generic Michaels watercolour pan. They have the most fun and vibrant colours I have seen and a palette can last me almost 7 months! (THATS A DOLLAR A MONTH) I also have some cheap watercolour paints that I bought at Walmart (straight up) that I use as a thicker highlighting paint to add texture/shades to my work. There may be a few other metallic and sparkly pan sets under my desk, but like do we need to really discuss all my craft hoarding RIGHT NOW?
From my experience, what type of watercolour doesn't seem to matter, but the paper, wood type/grain and canvas do. A good quality cold pressed watercolour paper will give you an even and durable surface to get yo paint on. I prefer to spend the money on a good stack of paper, clear gesso, canvas and sanding paper for my woods then on the higher end watercolour paint variety. I have been tempted by that fancy locked cabinet at Michaels that holds those $20 watercolour tubes, because if it's $20 it must be legit liquid gold just waiting to be let out. But for now, I just don't want to stray from a good thing. If it ain’t broke - please note that my current actual palette IS in fact broken but it’s a metaphor guys - don't fix it.
Do you know of any amazing watercolours that I need to get my hands on? Do you know of a product that will BLOW MY MIND? Then please, comment below.