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How to make home-made watercolors!

Watercolor painting holiday

You like to paint and would like to make your own colors? Well, know that it is possible and that you aren't the only one! Creating your own tints is an exciting experience you'll be proud of. 

Up until the 1850s, before ready-made tubes were made available in shops, artists made their own watercolors. However while some people never stopped making their own hues, others would like to start making theirs.  

Watercolors contain color pigments bought and used in powder form. Different colors can be mixed together to create new hues. These are then mixed with binder. Those of you wanting to use a more natural method will prefer mixing your color powders with natural acacia gum (also known as gum arabic), water and glycerin. Proportions are as follows: 1 teaspoon of powder for 1 teaspoon of the gum, water and glycerin mixture. A glass mortar is perfect for making the mixture. Then add 2 teaspoons of demineralized water and a spoonful of honey. A few drops of a preservative agent, such as clove oil. Detailed watercolor recipe below:

In a glass mortar, mix

- 1 Teaspoon of good quality color pigments, that you can order from Sennelier, for example.

- 1/3 teaspoon of gum arabic + 1/3 teaspoon of water + 1/3 glycerin.

Add 2 teaspoons of demineralized water + 1 teaspoon of honey.

Mix. Add 3 drops of clove oil.

Once the paste is well mixed, keep in an airtight container. It should be ready to use within 12 hours.

Enjoy your wonderful homemade watercolors! You'll be able to use them at home, but also why not on a painting holiday!