Watercolour Cafe blog

Welcome to my watercolour cafe – a place where I post helpful tips and techniques about watercolours for you to enjoy!

What is the difference between watercolour paints and pigments?

If you are a beginner or fairly new to watercolour painting you don’t need to buy an expensive range of paints.  The photo above shows a range of paints that all give reasonably similar hue but prices range from $30 approx a set to $120 approx a set.  The expensive paints have more intense pigments and are generally more lightfast so that they will last the test of time.  However, if you aren’t going to keep your painting for decades and you are experimenting, the cheaper ones will do fine.  I recommned Koh i Nor (brilliant range) sets or Reeves watercolours as the best in the cheaper range.  If you want to buy a one or more expensive paints to supplement your basic set go for individual tubes of organic/mineral paints like Ultramarine blue, Cobalt blue, lemon yellow, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Raw Sienna, Umber, Cadmium yellow and Cadmium Red, Viridian, Ochre …