Professional watercolor kit - 7 colors

€49,95
Article number: 102
Availability: In stock (95)
Delivery time: NL and BE 1-2 days - Rest of Europe 2-6 days

Make your own professional quality, non-toxic, and vibrant watercolor paints with our Natural Watercolor Kit! This kit provides the supplies needed to create watercolor paints that are free of toxic preservatives, additives, heavy metals, and petroleum based pigments found in conventional paints. Our simple and time-tested ingredients combine to create an archival paint with excellent luminosity and coverage. Just add honey or glycerin! Our Natural Watercolor Kit includes:

  • 3 oz. packet of Gum Arabic
  • 7 watercolor pans for storage (29mm x 19mm x 10mm)
  • 7 2 oz. packets of Earth & Mineral Pigments in Venetian Red, Orange Ochre, Yellow Ochre, Emerald Green, Ultramarine Blue, Ultramarine Purple, and Burnt Sienna
  • Complete Mixing Instructions

This kit is packaged in 100% post-consumer recycled paper.
Safety & Quality:Made in the USA. Free of nuts, gluten, and dairy. Vegan & cruelty-free. Not intended for consumption.

FAQ

WATERCOLOR PAINT
Q: Can I use your pigments to make watercolor?
A: You can make professional quality, natural watercolor paints using our pigments and this recipe here. Have fun!
Link: https://naturalearthpaint.com/blogrecipe-professionalgrade-natural-watercolors/
Q: Can I use Methyl Cellulose instead of Gum Arabic?  Can I use Oregano essential oil instead of the ones you have listed?
A: Gum arabic has always been the traditional binder for watercolor since it was invented. I haven't personally tried methyl cellulose instead but feel free to try and experiment, I'd be curious of how it works. Another good question and something I haven't tried. Oregano is very strong like clove oil - I just haven't personally tried it so I can't say for sure. So sorry, wish I could be more help
Q: How long does your watercolor recipe last once dried into cakes?
A: Atleast two years if not indefinitely.
Q: How do I know what the ideal consistency is when mixing in pigments ?
I put each color in a separate small jar, but each is only about half full. They have lids that seal tightly, but there is still a lot of air in the jar. Is this a problem?
Should I add more clove oil per jar and/or store them in the fridge to make them last longer?
How do I know if they are not fresh or good to use any more? Would they grow mold?
The recipe recommended a few drops of glycerine to prevent cakes from cracking. Is this a few drops per batch of the 9 tsp. pigment/9 tsp. base?
Does the glycerine need to be added while the base mixture is still warm? Or can it be added later, just as long as it is still able to be stirred?
A: How do I know what the ideal consistency is?
I like to mix it into a creamy but thick paste. It's up to you, start with the 1 to 1 ratio and if it's too dry or too liquidy you can adjust by adding more pigment or more liquid. The test is, mix a touch of the paint with water and brush it onto your watercolor paper. If it's too transparent for you, add more pigment, if it's too opaque for you, add more base.
I put each color in a separate small jar, but each is only about half full. They have lids that seal tightly, but there is still a lot of air in the jar. Is this a problem?
They will eventually dry yes. The only way to keep it liquid is to put it into an airtight aluminum tube or fill the whole jar.
Should I add more clove oil per jar and/or store them in the fridge to make them last longer?
Yes, the fridge will help extend the life a bit more but both the clove oil and the fridge are more meant to prevent mold while they are wet. The dried cakes will not mold.
How do I know if they are not fresh or good to use any more? Would they grow mold?
If they have mold, don't use them. If they don't, they are perfect to use.
The recipe recommended a few drops of glycerine to prevent cakes from cracking. Is this a few drops per batch of the 9 tsp. pigment/9 tsp. base? Yes, but again, what is needed is different for each color. I wish I had an set answer but every pigment has completely different qualities and requires different things.
Does the glycerine need to be added while the base mixture is still warm? No
Or can it be added later, just as long as it is still able to be stirred?Yes
Q: How much sodium benzoate do I use in the watercolor recipe as the perservative (per batch)?
A: Just a small amount - 1 tsp. or less.
 Q:  How long will the watercolor paints last for once they are mixed up?
  
A: Watercolors keep longer when you add a natural preservative such as sodium benzoate or a pure essential oil of clove. If kept in jars in liquid form they will stay good for 1-3 months. If you put them in tiny aluminum tubes they will last much longer.
Or if you put a few drops of glycerine in, you can dry it in cakes. And then they should stay good for at least 2 years, if not indefinitely.
 
 
Q: How do I store watercolors after following the recipe?
A: There are several options available:
- Store in a small air tight jars (will last for 2-3 weeks or longer if refrigerated)
- Store in small, empty aluminum tubes (will last a little longer than small jars). Tubes are available for purchase on our website
- Let them dry into cakes in half or full pans or any small, shallow container (may take a few days to fully dry). Will stay good indefinitely.
- The "watercolor base" mixture will stay good in a small glass jar for about one month. Be sure to mix it into specific paint colors before this mixture goes bad.
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