How To: Professional Watercolour
The leading art brand Winsor & Newton is undergoing a watercolour revolution, and has recently launched two innovative new art materials, now available at Cass Art.
The Winsor & Newton Water Colour Markers and Professional Water Colour Sticks have brought striking developments to the traditional medium of watercolour painting – and we’ve put together some top tips on their properties and how to use them.
Winsor & Newton Water Colour Markers
Designed for precision with two pen nibs instead of the bristles of a paintbrush, just add water to turn the marker ink fluid like paint.
The markers are twin-tipped – one with a narrow, fine point perfect for penning thin details, and one with a flexible nib similar to a paintbrush, offering you multiple line thicknesses.
They are ideal for marking in superior details that cannot be achieved with a paintbrush, and you simply add water afterwards to reach the flowing washes of watercolour.
The markers are intermixable so can be used alongside your watercolour paint, as an addition to your normal painting techniques.
They are also highly pigmented to produce vibrant colours and seamless blending, and extremely lightfast so they won’t discolour over time.
Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Sticks
These innovative tools offer professional watercolour in the convenient form of a stick of colour – ideal for travelling and sketching outdoors, as well as for use in the studio.
Draw with them dry, like you would a crayon or pastel, and then apply water at any time to achieve the effects of watercolour.
You can transform drawings into paintings, and have been specially formulated so you can use them when they are both wet and dry. You can add water even years down the line, if you decide your drawing needs that extra something.
The sticks are intermixable with conventional watercolour so you can rework and add details to any existing watercolour artworks.
Their unique square shapes allow for multiple line thicknesses, and they are available in a range of 48 colours.
To celebrate the launch of these innovations, Winsor & Newton is showcasing the talents of several watercolour artists at The Saatchi Gallery on 31st July.
Be in with a chance to win one of the free 50 tickets to the exhibition on their Facebook page here.
They will also be hosting several watercolour workshops at the Saatchi Gallery this June and July, hosted by the professional artists involved with the Watercolour Revolution. You can book your place here.