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My Handmade Watercolour Paint

In early 2017 I had nabbed myself a discontinued Winsor & Newton Watercolour Pan. Not wanting to lose this colour I fought to find a way to reproduce it. This threw me deep into a journey of making watercolour paints myself by hand. In the end the colour was easy to recreate from existing commercial brands but the damage was done and I was enjoying getting under the skin of the medium I loved using so much.

My Process

Making watercolour paint by hand is a long process but very rewarding. I make my own watercolour binder which consists of gum arabic, honey, oxgal and essential oils. Making my own binder gives me 100% control of what goes into my paint. My binder is what adds a quality to my paint, it allows the colour so sing and flow easily in water. This elixir is then hand mulled with a muller with high quality pigment until a smooth paint is formed. I then pour the fresh paint into pans and allow it to dry and cure. I continue to fill the pans as they dry until the pan is full of paint. I dry my pans in layers to cram as much paint as I can into each pan.

All About Colour

The colours that I choose to make into paint is a very important choice for any paint maker. I choose high quality artist pigments from a variety of manufacturers including but not limited to L . Cornelissen & Son, Kremer and De Kat Pigments.

The Colour which I choose are a personal choice, I take into consideration the price, the popularity and the durability of the pigment. I am drawn to unusual pigments that most people forget about or that aren't available from commercial paint companies. I find it extremely fascinating to paint with old, rare and unusual pigments and I feel that it adds a unique element to a painting.

The rare pigments that I have used and may still use include: Malachite, Jarosite, Smalt, Lapis Lazuli, Jade, Opal, Quinacridone Gold Genuine, Thulit and Manganese Blue Genuine which is the gem of my collection as I am currently the only maker of the paint.