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I haven't figured the new layout yet so I apologize if this isn't the right section 😑  I'm looking for tube watercolors for my palette. I want a cool and warm version of each primary color. I don't want any granulation, and they have to be transparent not opaque. I don't mind the brand but they have to be professional quality not student.
#1 - April 29, 2017, 04:54 PM

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Choosing a watercolor palette is a very personal thing. It depends on the mood of your piece, the style you paint in and a whole host of other things. I have settled on my palette after several decades of experimentation. Best professional grade brands are Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith and Sennelier French paints (among others.) I also use a lot of American Journey which is the house brand of Cheap Joe's. Many paint manufactures have charts or sample pages. All watercolors are transparent if used properly, although many artists will use gouache at times which is an opaque water media. My advice is to look at the company charts for non-granulating colors and to find the warm and cool versions of each primary color that appeal to you. Expect to pay $8 or more per tube for artist quality paints.

My go to are Lemon Yellow or New Gamboge, Alizarin Crimson or Quinacridone Magenta, Winsor Blue Red Shade or Pthalo Blue. I also use several other colors depending on the mood and lighting of the subject.

http://www.cheapjoes.com/painting-and-painting-accessories/watercolor-painting/artist-watercolors.html
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I like the Da Vinci watercolors, which I also buy from Cheap Joe's. Take a look at the Da Vinci watercolor page; it shows the paints with note as to whether they are transparent, semi-transparent, or opaque.
https://www.davincipaints.com/category-s/124.htm  :paint2

If you don't like the look of the sediment found in some watercolors, you might try experimenting with inks such as Dr. Ph. Martins.
https://www.docmartins.com/collections/designed-for-brush
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Thank you so much for the advice ladies I really appreciate it! I'll keep researching before purchasing anything 😊👍💖
#4 - May 01, 2017, 10:41 AM

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