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SparkleFairyMangoFsh Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student General Artist
I don't have any "good" watercolor kits yet, but I'm looking to buy one. The problem there, I'm broke. For now though, I had a few, tricks I wanted to try out, and was wondering if anyone here might be able to help me make them work better?
I have a poor Crayola set I got from school, and a no-name brand with extremely dull colors that's over 10 years old. I have a varity of watercolor pencils, and am learning and practicing spreading the colors, but I want a way to use more paint-like colors as well.

A teacher of mine in the past had once made a comment along the lines of using PrismaColor chalk-pastels in a similar way to watercolor pencils. Since I have a set, would I be able to crush up some bits of pastel and use them to make "watercolors" of a sort?

Also, what would you recommend I use as a make-shift mixing pallet? I'm currently working on scrubbing out some old ones. They're dry, but I want to see the color I'm working with, and sometime the hues seep out into the paints I'm trying to work with.

any and all ideas/suggestions are welcome ;-;
SparkleFairyMangoFsh Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2013  Student General Artist
sorry for the extra commas;; I forgot to remove them when editing the text....
Christian-Attridge Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2013  Professional Writer
Just bought my first watercolors kit, a bery basic and cheap one, its caked, but there isa tube of zinc white, is this for touching up mistakes?
abasss Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013
No, is for mixing with the other colours. I use it to tone down the brightness in my mixes.
Christian-Attridge Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2013  Professional Writer
Oh, okay, thank you kindly for replying!
Artistic-dribbles Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2011
Gatorboard.. A foamcore like board for stretching watercolors.. Is it worth it? I just did two massive watercolors and destroyed them BOTH because the gummed tape wouldnt come off the masonite and also old gummed tape remnants stuck to the back of the paintings.. this is sad because I've been painting this way for years but cannot afford to loose paintings like this.. I loos paintings I loose $$. :( Any info will help. Is there a better way to stretch paper than gummed tape?
Armypete Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
I staple mine, my first art teacher (Years ago) had me get a normal (Cheep) piece of wood and then staple the paper onto it. it leaves holes around the edges but i am not a edge to edge painter.
CourtNouveau Featured By Owner May 8, 2011
Hey guys, not sure if this is relevant- but what I want to know is how to sell art. Are there licenses to register for? How do you report it on taxes? What are the legalities? How do you keep receipts? Or, if the art income is under a certain amount, can you proceed informally?
I would love to know more about the professional side of selling my own work, on a small scale, and since my mother is an accountant I'd like to do it as correctly as possible. I think this could be a great and far-ranging tutorial!
Zzombieluv Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
I just learned that you can make gouache by taking a some white tempura and mixing it with watercolor.

But I'm not sure what the benefits of gouache are, or how it relates to watercolor. Why would someone use it in watercolor? What good is it?

I've searched the internet and I could only find out how to use it, rather than why.
lyraleperformer Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2011
Gouache is used more for flat colours/paintings. I have a friend who works in gouache a lot for posters and illustrations and it works well for that sort of thing. It's a tiny bit thicker than watercolour, but is still water-soluble.
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