Water colour is a method of painting in which the paints used are created by suspending pigment in a water-based solution. These colours and resultant artwork are both called watercolour. Water colours have no smell, are non-toxic and water-based, therefore making them easy to clean. Paper is the most commonly used surface for water colour. Though bark papers, vellum, fabric, papyrus, canvas, plastics, wood and leather are also used
Benefits of water colours
• Easy to clean: Cleaning up after using water colours is very easy. If brushes are not rinsed immediately, they can be cleaned before using them next time. Moreover, if you spill or stain any surface, clean it easily with water.
• Less wastage: If excess paint squirts out onto your palette, it won’t go to waste. Let it dry and add water when you next use the water colour.
• Lack of harsh chemicals: Water colours are odour and chemical free. So children can use these paints as dangerous solvents and other harmful chemicals are absent. Moreover, indoor use is possible because ventilation isn’t compulsory.
• Transparent: Water colours are visually unique, with an inner brilliance and colour clarity because they are transparent. Water colour paintings seem lit from within. Since, light reflects through the paint. Furthermore, it adds to the versatility of watercolours as one colour can create various shades.
Water Colour techniques
• Dry versus wet: Water colours are used dry or wet and varying quantity of water gives different textures and shades.
• Light to dark: Work from light to dark, as keeping the lights light isn’t easy. By layering darkness increases gradually.
• Bleeding: Add same amount of water to two different colours and paint. Mix them if needed, or let them bleed naturally into each other.
• Layering: Is simple but requires time and patience. After one layer dries another can be applied.
Faber Castell Water Colours
Faber-Castell is a leading stationery and office supplies brand. It offers a wide variety of affordable high quality paints. Faber-Castell Water Colour with free J grip pencil costs Rs. 85 Faber-Castell Artist Water Colours 5ml tube (pack of 12) costs Rs. 144.50 Faber-Castell Artist Water Colours 9ml tube (pack of 18) costs Rs. 361.25
Apsara Water Colours Pencil
Apsara, the brand behind a famous pencil, also manufactures office supplies, school stationery and water colours. Apsara Poster colours pack of 6 costs Rs.54.
Fevicyrl Water Colours
Fevicryl, India’s leading art and craft brand, rekindles passion for art through its wide range of art, craft and hobby idea products. Fevicryl Acrylic Colours Pearl Kit (pack of 6) costs Rs. 104.00 Fevicryl Acrylic Colours Sunflower Kit (pack of 10) costs Rs. 180 Fevicryl water-based glass colours pack of 6 costs Rs. 71 and pack of 10 costs Rs. 90.
Camlin Water Colours
Koyuko Camlin, formerly Dandekar & Co., also the parent company of Camel is popular for manufacturing pencils, inks, fountain pens, art materials, marker pens and other stationery goods.
Camlin Fabrica Acrylic Ultra Colours pack of 6 costs Rs. 76.50 and pack of 10 costs Rs. 148.75 Camel Students’ poster colour white 500 ml pack costs Rs. 425 Camel Transparent Photo Colours (pack of 12) costs Rs. 374.
Stic Water Colours
Stic stationery products are known for their quality and long shelf life. Stic Combo Art Set (pack of 42) costs Rs. 248 Stic Dinosaur Planet Combo Art Set (pack of 26) costs Rs. 158