Paintmaking 101: Tools & Set Up | How to make handmade watercolor paints

Paintmaking 101: Tools & Set Up | How to make handmade watercolor paints

Being able to make your own watercolor paints is wonderful. However, getting all the tools for making paints can be very expensive and overwhelming. In this video, I guide you through what you’ll need, and how to do it at a much lower cost to make your own DIY paint.

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Kremer (US)
Cornelissen (UK)
Jackson’s (UK)
Kama Pigments (Canada)
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*** Supplies Mentioned ***
+ Kremer Watercolor Binder
+ Schmincke Watercolor Binder
+ Glass chopping board
+ Ikea anti-slip matt STOPP
+ Small glass muller
+ Small tall glass muller
+ Breathing mask
+ Measuring spoons
+ Long thin palette knife
+ wider palette knife
+ Empty half pans
+ Empty full pans
+ 60ml glass jars
+ 20ml plastic jars
+ Distilled water
+ Spray bottle

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20 Comments on "Paintmaking 101: Tools & Set Up | How to make handmade watercolor paints"

    this video is specifically about the tools you'll need. I will go into how to make the paints in another video.
    Having said that, pre-made binders usually come with a general instructions (or on their website) of proportions. Schmincke & Kremer's one definitely does.
    After that, it is just trial and error. as you guessed correctly, some colors will need more binder than others and that is something you learn through practice.

    Whats the right percentage of gum arabic, glycerin and honey used for watercolor vehicle? Do I have to add some destilared water aswell? Thanks!

    Hi Oto! Thank you very much for the video – it is very useful. So far I only made some metallic watercolours. However, I would love to give a go to "proper" pigments not just mica powders. I know that some paints/ pigments would granulate more than others. Did you experience difference in paints granulation depending on how long you were mulling the pigment + binder at all? Thank you.

    I have searched on local online shop that sell pigment powder for resin, soap, and eye shadow. Are those pigment can be used as watercolor paint?

    Hi Oto, great timely video again! Do you know whether bought liquid gum arabic ( I have a jar of Jacksons own) can be used ?

    I'm sorry I'm late watching this! I love how in-depth you talk about everything, and how you're so dedicated to showing up the most cost effective way to get these materials. I'm excited to see your video on making the paints themselves now!

    When I started paintmaking, I got the pigments both online and at a single shop sort of near me for….well, the cheapest ones I could find. Instead of a muller and slab, I used a ceramic mortar and pestle. It works okay, but it’s very clearly not the best way to do this. And then I just used other stuff from around the house, like honey I had, gum Arabic is gotten in a kit a while ago, and random spoons, tiny silicone spatulas, and palette knives.

    I do like your idea of using a glass cutting board as your slab! That’s pretty clever!

    5:02 you can always experiment with your own mixture of gum Arabic, ox gall, honey and or aerosol and if you feel really experimental try an Asian binder like rabbits glue, anything that is water soluble and binds with paper and preferably survives aging without discoloring the piece over time or loosing its binding properties.

    I have done it and I want to share one thing I did and looks like it worked fine…. I had a bunch of Soft Pastels I did not use anymore from Blick Art Store in US, I have decided to grind these colors and create some watercolor with them… I have created my own formula of binder by using a home made Gum Arabic, Glycerin and honey and grind all together over a glass surface with a glass muller…. The watercolor came out vibrant and I test the Light Fastness and looks like its OK…. A good way of having a good quality watercolor for a very reduce price!!!!

    Many thanks for sharing! I'm am intrigued also by the proportions of pigment Vs binder to get a good mix. Any tips where one can consult for more specific formulas? Lots of places (such as Cornelissen's website) say "add a bit of pigment" and "add bit of binder" but are not so useful…as I can imagine formulas might change for types of pigments. Maybe blues need more than browns…or the other way around, who knows…Any tips would be greatly appreciated.Many thanks in advance

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