If you are new to watercolor – the very first supply you will want to pick up is either paper or paint. The problem with this is there are so many varieties of paint supplies when it comes to watercolor! So what is best for your? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each object? Well, I’m gonna break down what I’ve learned over the years and share what I know with you.
THE FIRST ASPECT I WANT TO ADDRESS IS PRICING. You’ve probably noticed that some paint supplies are super expensive. Whereas others are a little kinder on your wallet. There are two options when it comes to any watercolor supply… STUDENT GRADE and ARTIST GRADE (or PROFESSIONAL GRADE).
STUDENT GRADE PAINT – as the name implies is made for students experimenting and learning watercolor without wasting tons of money on high quality paints.
ARTIST GRADE PAINT – as the name implies is made for artists who desire their paintings to look vibrant and/or built to stand the test of time. These paints are made with rich pigments and less filler. They also are charted by the manufactures – on their individual make-ups – such as light-fastness (or how long it takes for their colors to fade), transparent vs. opaque, granulation (or texture) etc.
So that’s a quick run down of student verses artist grade paper. Hopefully that helped clarify some things for you.