What watercolor paint to use? Its important to use artist quality paint as opposed to student grade. It costs more but the pigment is stronger and lightfast. I do not claim to have tried all the different brands of watercolor, but I have tried several and the brand I enjoy and use is Mission Gold watercolors by Mijello.
I love the strong, clear color and that they stay semimoist in my pallet. Mission Gold watercolors will not crack and break up in your pallet. I do not have to mist my paints with water before using the paint to "loosen" them up which would also dilute the pigment. I can start with my damp brush and activate the color and place it directly on the paper.
Mission Gold watercolors are able to have such strong color because of the thickening agent used, silicon dioxide. It is water-insoluable which means it will NOT disolve in water. It will not change the color or intensity of the pigment.
When I want opacity I add a small amount of white which means it can replace gouache.
The cost of Mission Gold is very similar to other artist quality paints. Because of the strong pigment, I use less paint making it a better value.
Individual colors are sold in 15ml sizes. One tube will last a typical painter many years. Paints are also sold in smaller tubes in sets. Check out the color choices before choosing a set. They may include only 1 or 2 colors you would typically use. I like the landscape intro pack because it has more of the colors I use. The smaller tubes would pretty much fill up one of the sections on your watercolor pallet.
Carol's Watercolor Pallet. So how many colors do you really need? Not that many. Here are my standard colors and additional colors I have added for convenience and fun.
Carol Spohn Conversion Chart for Mijello Mission Gold WatercolorsNote: This is my conversion; there is nothing scientific about it. If you buy one of my older packets and want to paint it with the wonderful Mission Gold Watercolors, this is what I am using now. All colors are transparent unless otherwise noted.
Previous Colors Used by Me Mijello Mission Gold
|Azo Yellow Light||Permanent Yellow Light|
Quinacridone Burnt Orange
|Alizarin Crimson||Alizarin Crimson|
|Cobalt Blue||Cobalt Blue 2|
|Ultra Marine Blue||Ultramarine Deep|
|Quinacridone Red||Permanent Red|
|Green Gold||Olive Green|
|Sap Green||Sap Green|
Turquoise Blue (semi –opaque)
Pro White or white acrylic ink
Titanium White (opaque)
Naples Yellow (opaque)
|Burnt Umber||Burnt Umber|
|Neutral Tint||Neutral Tint|
Whenever I refer to Regular Painting Supplies as part of the tools to bring to a workshop, these are the supplies I am referring to, in addition to any special ones for a particular project.
For workshops being held in my home
Your spot is reserved by calling Carol or emailing at: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include name, phone number and email address. If you have not painted with me before, you must mail me a check for the class fee to hold your spot. Space is limited. Always bring regular painting supplies and your lunch.
Cancellation Policy: If you cancel a class with less than 7 days notice, and I can not fill your spot with another student, you will loose your class fee. If requested, the class supplies will be shipped to you at your additional expense.
Carol's Paint Pallet Preferences. I like the Mijello watercolor paint pallets. My favorite is the Mijello Bulletproof Glass Palette for Watercolor 36 Colors (approx. $25 on Amazon) or the smaller Mijello Martin Airtight Watercolor 18-Well Palette (approx. $10 on Amazon) The smaller pallet is big enough to accomodate all my colors. (I would omit the Van Dyke Green and Brown because they can be easily mixed)
When filling your pallet with watercolor, fill the wells to to top. DO NOT put a dot of paint in because it will pop off when dry and get lost. Watercolor reactivates with water. The paint stays good until the next time you use it. I put the paint in the pallet in the order of my colors listed above.