Shop Mobile More Submit  Join Login
×




Details

Submitted on
May 19, 2014
Image Size
4.1 MB
Resolution
900×9102
Link
Thumb
Embed

Stats

Views
11,217
Favourites
826 (who?)
Comments
40
Downloads
90
×
Know how to buy colors at the store by martinacecilia Know how to buy colors at the store by martinacecilia
while there are several fact in this there are a lot of opinions as well (namely my distrust on several brands marketing strategies, and my opinion that’s better to start with cheap student quality stuff. LOTS of people disagree on that point)  that you should take as what they are: personal opinions. this is the result of several years of research on creating a cheap but high quality palette that would help me. 

other things to know: pigments are generally more resistant in oil and acrylics than they are in watercolor. but there are a couple of pigments that work well in watercolor but really badly in oil.

resources
pigments through the ages
a comprehensive guide to watercolor pigments and a lot of tests on popular brands
about van gogh's bedroom
Blue and Yellow don't make green by Michael Wilcox

rebloggable post on tumblr
Add a Comment:
 
:iconmiroirtwin:
MiroirTwin Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow, very helpful thank you!
Reply
:iconcmvanek:
cmvanek Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2014
I learned so much from this. Thank you.
Reply
:iconlb-lee:
LB-Lee Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
I've never painted, but I found this excellent tutorial on tumblr, so now if I ever DO take up watercolor, I will not be intimidated.  Thanks!
Reply
:iconladysugarquill:
ladysugarquill Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank s for this! *saves info*
Reply
:iconarturkarlov:
ArturKarlov Featured By Owner May 23, 2014  Student
oh my god, this is so unbelievably awesome, thank you for this!
Reply
:iconthe-art-lover-46:
The-art-lover-46 Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you this was very informative and I know what to look for if I ever decide to get any paints from the store :)
Reply
:iconbearded-rooster:
bearded-rooster Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't paint too often, but this seems really useful! Thank you.
Reply
:iconclansofnaruto:
ClansofNaruto Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks for this advice!
Reply
:iconnerdglassez:
NerdGlassez Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you for posting this! really helpful! 
Reply
:iconsethfitts:
SethFitts Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Though I know most of this stuff, I really enjoyed reading through your presentation. It is informative, engaging and entertaining which leaves a lasting impression and is most likely to be remembered rather than some old boring text book stuff. Nicely done.
Can I share this with my watercolor students?
Reply
:iconmartinacecilia:
martinacecilia Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
eh, I learned that the hard way explaining perspective. that's a topic that can definitely kill you if you go the textbook way. Yes, of course, no problem , share it with everyone you want
Reply
:iconshadowphoenix16:
ShadowPhoenix16 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is super helpful, thank you :)
Reply
:iconlisacya:
LisaCya Featured By Owner May 20, 2014
awesome. at first I thought, holy shit it's boring, but it was really helpful in the end. ^^ Thanks! :) I just don't understand, why you don't mix colours by yourself if you already got the knowledge of all the pigments stuff etc. It's not THAT complicated and kind of magic. ;)
Reply
:iconforester-rt:
Forester-RT Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks very much for such useful information!
Reply
:iconerigyr:
Erigyr Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is amazing, I never realized this and never learned it in my color media class. I hope my blue jay doesn't go all weird on me after a couple years or something :/
Reply
:iconimaginationslave:
ImaginationSlave Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is an awesome and well drawn out explanation that makes a lot of sense!  Thank you for sharing. :)
Reply
:icondoodlesz808:
doodlesz808 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
So the lightfastness colors are they commonly found in red pigmented colors?... or is it the other way around?...
Reply
:iconmartinacecilia:
martinacecilia Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Professional General Artist
oh, I didn't realize that all the examples I brought up were reds. No, it's usually due to the chemical nature of the pigment, I don't think there's one single color that have more incidence of non-lightfast pigments
Reply
:icondoodlesz808:
doodlesz808 Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh okiee! :D Thank you, I was just kind of curious because I thought only the Red pigmented colors were less likely to have that faded property.
Reply
:iconxfe:
xfe Featured By Owner May 20, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I've only played around in an extremely unprofessional manner with acrylics, but I found this a very useful source for the future!
Reply
:iconrebeccannoying:
Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much for this wonderful summary! I had a terrible experience where I used extremely cheap paint for an underpainting. I figured if it was covered with nicer paint, no one would know, right? Wrong. In three months, all the deep browns in my painting turned bright neon orange, and the whole thing was ruined. It wasn't done at that point, but I didn't have the heart to continue :( I REFUSE to buy cheap paint now and talk as many people out of it as I can.

That being said, there are some pretty decent student grade paints that are wonderful for learners. I started with Liquitex Basics and still use them here and there :) Personally, I don't think beginners should buy anything but the primaries because you are forced to learn color mixing that way, but I'll admit it's awfully nice to have a tube of burnt sienna laying around... 
Reply
:iconmartinacecilia:
martinacecilia Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
eeeh, paints have a shitload of chemical reactions together, it sucks. I use student grade whenever possible still now by the way, I do not have enough money for a all-artist quality palette! :P
Reply
:iconrebeccannoying:
Rebeccannoying Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
My brother and his friends all took a painting class at a community college, and the teacher required them to buy 9 or 10 tubes of artist grade paint. None of them liked painting, so they gave me all their wonderful paints :D I have a drawer full of tubes that has lasted me 2-3 years. Then again, I don't paint as much as I used to, but maybe I would use student grade too if I didn't receive a ton of free paint. That stuff is expensive o.o
Reply
:icondiva42:
diva42 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank You!
Reply
:iconkaye00:
Kaye00 Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
As a student who has gotten very interested in painting, this is incredibly useful, thanks! :D
Reply
:iconmagicaitrevor:
MagicaITrevor Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Wow.. I can't draw, but this was still very educational! Thanks for sharing this advice with everyone!
Reply
:icondiardanrose:
DiardanRose Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student Writer
I'm not at all a painter--I've tried, it didn't go so well--but this is extremely informative and helpful. Good job!
Reply
:iconkyasuni:
Kyasuni Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student General Artist
Wow. Thanks so much! c:
Reply
:icondaughter-of-shadow:
Daughter-of-Shadow Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't paint all that much, but I've always been interested.  I might pick it up in college, and knowing about paints would be very helpful.  Thanks for this.  :D
Reply
:iconrhavkoress:
Rhavkoress Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I had no idea...O.o  I'm going to have to test my colors now.
Reply
:icondevoutburrito:
devoutburrito Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student General Artist
MAN I WISH THEY TAUGHT THIS IN ART CLASSES! THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR WISDOM!
Reply
:iconaegis-of-justice:
aegis-of-justice Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so enlightening! There's always such a barrier to buying supplies for new mediums because of the fear of having no idea what you're doing. Super helpful!
Reply
:iconmartinacecilia:
martinacecilia Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
I usually buy the same pigments for all the mediums, I mean, it took me a long time to find a good palette and to understand which colors I use a lot and which I can avoid to buy
Reply
:iconaegis-of-justice:
aegis-of-justice Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I see. :3 I was mostly referring to beginner artists starting painting, rather than switching between something like oils or acrylics.
Reply
:icon3eira:
3Eira Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Student General Artist
So very useful! Thank you very much for sharing it.
Reply
:iconeclecticnovice:
eclecticnovice Featured By Owner May 19, 2014
This was incredibly helpful. Thank you. I'm starting oils this summer so it's nice to know once I get good at it that I will now know what to use and what not to buy ever again. 
Again, thanks.
Reply
:iconicehandtitan:
IceHandTitan Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is extremely helpful! Thank you! <3
Reply
:iconemisferosinistro:
Emisferosinistro Featured By Owner May 19, 2014   Traditional Artist
Bello, molto interessante e dettagliato. L'ennesima conferma della mia persistente ignoranza XD
Credo che me lo terrò da conto, e di sicuro mi sarà utile ^^
Reply
:iconcabepfir:
cabepfir Featured By Owner May 19, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Wow Martina, quanta roba!
Reply
:iconmartinacecilia:
martinacecilia Featured By Owner May 21, 2014  Professional General Artist
@_@ e ce n'era ancora tanta che volevo mettere. ma poi mi son detta basta smettila.
Reply
Add a Comment: