Another common complaint of watercolour paint from the viewpoint of a novice is that it is unexpected at times — yet even this may be seen as a virtue rather than a detriment in certain circumstances. However, even the most experienced watercolourists can never be completely certain of how watercolour paint will behave, and those who have mastered this medium have learnt to appreciate the unpredictability that it brings to their work.

Quite simply, there is no other painting media quite like watercolour paint when it comes to the potential of the medium itself to “take over” a picture, infusing it with personality, mystery, and spontaneity while producing a slew of unique and unexpected results.

Inexperienced watercolourists may be discouraged by such random results, while experienced artists may be encouraged to persevere by the feeling of surprise they experience as a result of their efforts. Watercolour paint is far from being a medium that is impenetrable to all but the most experienced of painters; rather, it is a medium that rewards the painter’s commitment to learning how to make the most of all that is unexpected and incomprehensible about the medium.

Just be sure to adhere to the fundamental ground rules

As with any other painting medium, you do not need to specialize in any specific subject matter as a watercolour painter, but the fresh and transparent character of the medium lends itself particularly well to topics such as landscapes and flower paintings, among other things. You can read more about watercolour paint by visiting

Pure watercolour paint is blended with water to make it transparent, as indicated by the name of the product. This implies that, in contrast to opaque media like acrylics and oils, where one may begin with dark colours and gradually work their way up to lighter ones, with watercolour paint, lighter colours must be applied first, followed by deeper colours.

In turn, painting in watercolour requires more pre-planning than painting in acrylics or oils, which contributes to the medium’s image as a ‘difficult,’ as compared to painting in acrylics or oils, medium. When painting with acrylics or oils, applying highlights can be accomplished after the fact with a light colour watercolour paint; however, when painting with watercolours, you must carefully consider where the highlights will be placed in your composition before you begin so that those areas can be left white or only very pale washes applied. After then, darker regions around these elements of the composition might be used to produce the required contrasts. Click here to read about How to use watercolour paint as an urban artist.

A painting medium that is indisputably useful

In addition, there are other unquestionable advantages to watercolour painting that are very much on the practical side — there is no need for costly equipment, nor is it even necessary to have a studio since such a painting can be done virtually anyplace that has adequate light. Watercolour painting requires just a little amount of paper, and the paints may be cleaned up fast and simply with soap and water.

In the case of Watercolour Paper

The finest results will be obtained if you utilize watercolour paint paper while working with your markers as watercolours. If you’re simply using them as ordinary markers, any kind of paper will do, but don’t expect them to mix well. To find out more about the best watercolour pads, have a look at ARTnews’ product recommendations.

In the case of Brush-Tip Watercolour Markers

My first experience with watercolour paint markers was using Kuretake’s Zig Clean Colour Real Brush Pens, a brand of watercolour markers with brush tips made of real nylon bristles. This was my first experience with watercolour markers. Click here to read more about Kuretake’s Zig Clean Color.

The fact that the bristles splay out as you push your marker into paper gives an effect that is very similar to that generated by actual brushes, giving any drawing an instant artistic appearance without any further effort. In addition, their basic design, which has a white barrel, a see-through cap, and a colour-coded end, makes them a functional piece of home décor. While they’re perfect for covering little areas, they’re much too delicate to be used on larger surfaces. They are available in an array of 80 distinct hues.

Brush Pens with Two Ends (also known as double-ended brush pens)

A fine-point pen on one end and a brush on the other, as suggested by the name, are the features of Tombow Dual Brush Pens. To the contrary of the Kuretake Real Brush, the Tombow felt-tipped “brush” is composed of plastic. This results in a more uniform colour payoff, but it is more difficult for your paper to print on. For writing, on the other hand, the fine-point tip is the best choice. They are available in 96 hues and may be purchased in a variety of themed packages, which I believe are really well selected. 

Among the collections are “Portrait,” which features a selection of muted pinks and browns suitable for a variety of skin tones; “Retro,” which features a series of what can only be described as acid pastels evocative of the 1960s; and “Landscape,” which features a selection of greens, browns, and blues suitable for, well, landscapes. Sets are an excellent way to get started with art markers since they enable you to save money while also building a palette that is tailored to your personal hobbies and subject matter.

For Watercolour Paint Markers with Pigment-Based Pigments

Because they are more lightfast than their dye-based competitors, they can be quickly revived with water if they have dried completely. In addition to being chubby and easy to grasp, each dual-tipped marker has an excellent colour payoff that looks and feels opulent, ranging from the lightest to the darkest shade. On the flip side, their high price makes them more of an investment, which makes me reluctant to use them since I don’t want to waste any valuable colour on a piece of art that isn’t going to be appreciated. Make sure to keep an eye out for sales and specials at your neighbourhood art supply shop. I was able to get my hands on mine (a set of 12) at 65 per cent off. If you want, you can collect all 36 of them.

Designed for use with water brushes

The idea of having watercolour paint markers if you still have to use a brush and jar of water for washes is moot, in my opinion. Waterbrushes on a clip are the perfect companion for watercolour markers on the go. Nylon bristles and a hollow plastic handle that can be filled with water to keep the brush clean no matter how many different colours you’re using are included in the package. 

All that is required is that you press the soft plastic handle to release the proper quantity of water.