How to paint with watercolors and Review: Colore 24 Watercolor Paint Set

What I love: Watercolor has always been one of my favorite mediums because it's so versatile. You can take your time and use smaller brushes for controlled and detailed painting to using larger brushes and being very loose and impressionistic. When Elijah ran out of paint the other day I was thrilled to find us a new pack with 24 beautiful colors to play with, Colore 24 Watercolor Paint Set.

I have noticed looking at a lot of the amazon reviews customer photos before ordering that people are using the paint totally wrong, straight from the tube. That's not how you use watercolor. If you are not familiar with watercolor technique there is two different ways to paint with watercolor. "Wet to Wet" or "Wet to Dry".

  1. With either one start by taping down your paper, this helps keep it still. There is special heavy stock watercolor paper and tape you can and should use.
  2. Start by putting a dab of paint on your palette and use the tip of a paintbrush or a dropper and add a few drops of water. Don't use too much, just a few to make the paint liquid, as you get used to using watercolor you will be able to decide between how many drops you need to get the consistency you want. Use a toothpick to mix.
  3. When using Wet to Wet you will want to now use a sponge or brush and wet your page all over. When using Wet to Dry you will just be using the paint from your brush and adding more water if needed.
  4. Now you can get your brush lightly wet and dip in the paint to start painting. If the paint is too thick and doesn't move around easily, dip your brush into the water again and add a little more water to the paint on the paper. Keep experimenting with different amounts of water versus paint mixtures to get a feel for just the right amount of water versus paint you desire. If you want a "dry brush" look you will use less water on your brush versus the amount of paint. If you want a very wet flowing look, you will want more water versus paint.
  5. When you are done let the painting dry before you un-tape it and move it. You can clean your brushes with a little dish soap and the paint will wash right off, unlike oil paint.

These paints are really well pigmented and painted almost as good as expensive water color. They are strong colors and very easy to work with and mix. The colors included are: Chinese White, Lemon Yellow, Medium Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Flesh Tint, Orange, Rose, Vermilion, Scarlet, Crimson Red, Prussian Blue, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Cerulean Blue, Emerald Green, SAP Green, Viridian, Hooker's Green, Violet, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Paynes Grey and Lamp Black.

I really like this paints and think they are very high quality for such a good value. I highly recommend them!

Bottom Line:
I really love it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Would I recommend it to my family and friends? YES!
Would I buy it myself based on my experiences with this review? YES! I was provided the product complimentary for testing purposes in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion but would definitely buy it again!

Disclosure: I was provided the product complimentary for testing purposes in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion. No monetary compensation was received.