Escoda Ultimo Mop Synthetic Review

Escoda Mop Synthetic 14

Escoda are a Spanish brush making company from Barcelona. This review features the Escoda Ultimo Mop Synthetic, size 14. The mop brush is an important part of the watercolour painter’s kit, and is indispensable for covering large areas. The larger sizes can be quite pricey, especially the natural hair squirrel mop brushes. If you’re on a budget and don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a large squirrel mop there are alternatives. Synthetic brushes often conjure up mental images of inferior performance, and water holding ability. Can a synthetic give a similar result to the natural brush, and is it worth spending your hard earned money on?
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Mijello Fusion 18 airtight watercolour palette review

Mijello Fusion Airtight Watercolor 18-Well Blue Palette

The Mijello Fusion 18 palette is a versatile palette, with a compact size that is easy to carry. The palette features a clear mixing tray on the top lid, and two white mixing areas on the lower section. Mijello claims that this allows you to mix true colours. After testing it, there were no problems with colour distortion from palette to paper. The palette features 18 wells Read More

Sakura water brush review

Sakura Waterbrush Nibs

The best thing about the Sakura water brush is that it’s very portable, and you can easily take it anywhere. It’s shape is like a pen. In this Sakura water brush review, I’ll cover as many aspects as possible, so that you can decide if it’s the product for you. To use the brush, you simply fill it with water, Read More

Watercolour paper – which one to choose?

Navigating the different types and brands of watercolour paper is no easy task, and it’s important to find the one that’s best for you. The choice depends on many different factors. If  you’re on a budget you may choose not to paint on a specialist watercolour paper at all. The results won’t be the best, but you’ll still be able to practice and develop your technique. If you’re still new to the medium, there’s nothing wrong with this. It’s also good to practice your painting on a quality paper to compare to an ordinary paper. The differences can be stark, somewhat like driving an ordinary car, compared to a high end luxury model.

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Watercolour Materials

If you’re just starting out with watercolour paints you probably don’t want to invest a lot of money until you start to paint regularly and feel comfortable with the medium. You can buy an inexpensive set from your local art supply store, or you can choose to buy a few tubes of student quality paint. The Cotman Series from Windsor & Newton are a good example. There are also some small portable paint sets available on this site in the Art Supplies section.

Watercolour paper can also be quite expensive, but it is worth spending a bit extra as watercolours work much better on this type of paper than the average drawing paper, which will buckle and warp when it dries. It’s also a good idea to use a watercolour block, or a paper tape to secure the paper, and prevent it from warping when it dries. The watercolour block is most useful for plein air painting outdoors.

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