Watercolour painting is an ancient medium, theoretically existing since the days of cave painting, but in a more consistent form since the Renaissance. They typically come in watercolour paint sets, and are made from pigments contained within a water-based solution, so when applied, appear translucent and vibrantly coloured. They are usually purchased as a dried cake of dense pigment, known in its two size varieties as either a ‘pan’ or ‘half pan’ - each half pan is approximately 15mm x 20mm and contains roughly 2ml of paint material.
How you select the form of your watercolour depends on the size of the paint brushes that you use, and how portable you need them to be - Half-pans tend to fit better into small, travel-friendly tins that are perfect for painting on the go, but if you’re creating large scale works, or you’re based more in the studio, then full pans are the best way to go.
For all of these use cases, Artway produce a high-quality watercolour paint set, in either full or travel size tins, and in high-pigment, shimmer and half or full pan varieties. Please take a look at our selection below.
And don’t forget to take a look at our selection of watercolour brushes, and fine quality, italian made watercolour paper, available in individual sheet packs or as a handy and portable sketch pad.