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Powder~based Watercolor Paints
The powder-watercolor paints used in the watercolor paintings on this site are most commonly used in the garment industry. They are commonly used by artisans for the purpose of dying, painting & batiking fabrics. The application of this paint onto primed and unprimed canvas & watercolor papers as found on this site are original.
In contrast to watercolors in a tube or tray these paints are sold as a finely ground, dry, crystal-like powder.
When the powder is mixed with clear water, the powder transforms into a vibrant watercolor.
The amount of water that is added effects the vibrancy, viscosity & texture of the paint. Therefore, depending upon how much water is mixed with the powder, the paint can be a pure fluid or a thick paste. The powder yields very brilliant color intensity; whether the powder is made into a fluid or paste brilliant color intensity can be easily achieved.
The following painting, Stained Glass Zoo, is an example of a watercolor painting done through the fluid form:
The following painting, Tree in a Storm, is an example of a watercolor painting which uses paint in the paste-like form:
Tip: If relatively little powder is mixed with a lot of water, then the color intensity is decreased and becomes more pastel-like.
Another option & variation for making paint from this powder is to add dye thickener to the fluid state. The thickened fluid is smooth, acrylic-like viscosity & brilliant in color. The following, watercolor, Eureka, is an example of a painting that primarily uses a the thickened paint form.
This watercolor painting, "Eureka", is painted on primed canvas. Unlike typical watercolors, watercolor dyes adhere to canvas. In this painting a thickener was added to a liquid solution, which changed the liquid into a thick, acrilic-like, paint.
Seven Reasons Why I Enjoy the Powder Watercolor Paints
1. The movement and behavior of water is very pleasing to me.
2. The interaction of water, powder and liquid color creates a spontaneous dance that is fascinating and beautiful. The instant the powder touches the water the tiny powder crystals burst into color and move within the water like a dancer on a stage.
3. The color intensity is brilliant; and the intensity can be decreased to create washes simply by adding more water to the dye.
4. The paint is delicate enough to beautify the finest fabrics and best papers; and it is strong enough to adhere to primed canvas.
5. The powder can be transformed into a range of textures - from the thinnest watercolor to a thick, acrylic-like quality.
6. Both, the powder & liquefied paint, mixes with any water-based paint; plus, the powder alone can be added to any acrylic or oil based paint in order to effect the color and/or texture.
7. The paint is non-toxic, but breathing or ingesting it is not recommended. Still, it can be used indoors or outdoors. (But beware, the dye will stain any natural material.)