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Starting Watercolor: What materials to use?

I would like to know what materials to use for watercolor including which brands to use. Could you also tell me where to buy these materials. I know places like m.enriquez and joli's since i've been there and they are pretty cheap.. well i'm also planning to buy a drawing board and can anyone suggest where i could buy a cheap good one? it's not for architecture so i don't need the fancy ones.. thank you :):):)
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  • slim_chance79slim_chance79 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Look for Prang in National Bookstore. Less than 300 bucks for 16 pans if I remember correctly. Buy whole sheets of watercolor paper too. Chinese brushes are okay too, but there are affordable sable brushes.

    Buy the most expensive equipment you could afford.
  • I already bought prang and i have to say it is indeed great. I also have a couple of brushes.. all i need now is the right paper to use because most are expensive.. others also need stretching pa :)
  • slim_chance79slim_chance79 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    I used to buy the generic 50 peso cartolina sized sheets. Also, collect jars for your color washes and for washing the brushes.
  • what watercolor paper do you recommend? and where can i buy them and what are their price range?
  • slim_chance79slim_chance79 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    Just go to National and pick the thickest ones you can afford. For me back then the 50 peso ones were okay.
  • Canson Arches ang gamit ko dati nung nagwawater color pa ko.
    Mahal pero very good.
  • which is cheapest store with regards to watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.. deovir, M. Enriquez, or Joli's?
  • D-2-U wrote: »
    which is cheapest store with regards to watercolor paint, paper, and brushes.. deovir, M. Enriquez, or Joli's?
    Deovir is kapresyo ng National Bookstore, from my experience. Meron sa may UST, along P. Noval, Lexan yung name nung store. Katabi lang sya nung mga sari-sari store dun. Mas mura dun.

    I've never heard of M. Enriquez, saan yun? Yung Joli's nasusungitan ako sa mga tao dun. Never had a pleasant transaction there, ever.

    Buy the most expensive equipment you could afford.
    I don't believe this. Nung freshman ako, oo ganyan yung sabi ng professor. Pero wala sa gamit yan kundi sa gumagamit. Heck, I don't even use those expensive sable brushes for watercolors, masyadong mahal lalo na if you're just starting out. Reeves Pony Hair brushes are fine. Cheap, too. Habico is a good choice although they cost 100PhP up. National Bookstore also has their own line of brushes, the one with green handles are good for watercolors.

    On paper, Strathmore paper is good. Meron ding Canson and Berkeley watercolor papers that come in spiral-bound pads. Mas thick yung Berkeley ng konti sa Canson but yung sa Canson is mas maputi(yellowish ng konti yung Berkeley).

    Watercolors-depende sayo if you want semi-moist, cake, or those that come in tubes. Maganda daw yung Sakura Koi(300something); never tried it but from what I've heard ok daw sya. Yung Prang is semi-moist. Nilalanggam/iniipis sya so ingat nalang sa storage. Maganda yung prang kasi vivid yung colors. Di ko masyadong gusto yung tubes kasi nakakahinayang gamitin if hindi malalaking areas yung ipapaint.


    Hope I helped. :D
  • prang tska 8"x12"sketchpad pwede na for starters. yung sketchpad na walang wire ha para pwede mo peel off at patuyuin individually...watercolor is the most difficult medium to control so start with cheaper materials muna...
  • ^Yung ibang papel kasi na cheaper like yung isang natry ko(forgot the name), basta blue yung cover nya, nasisira agad and di vivid yung kulay pag ginamitan ng watercolors. Ang pangit nya pag ginamit. Mas okay na magtipid sa other materials wag lang sobra pag sa papel.
  • slim_chance79slim_chance79 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    iyart wrote: »

    Pero wala sa gamit yan kundi sa gumagamit.

    I agree. Don't get GAS (gear acquisition syndrome). What i meant with buy the most expensive equipment you can afford is to get the best that you can afford. :) Kung nasa budget naman e bakit mo titipirin ang sarili mo. Just dont exceed your means and frustrate yourselves by thinking that you need expensive equipment.
  • guys, pakita naman ng paintings nyo. post them here
  • basta for starters, praktis ka muna sa mga murang papel at pigments. kapag alam mo na how to control your medium then you can go legit and grab an expensive acid free watercolour paper and imported pigments. ang watercolour kasi, it's done from light to dark so kailangan mo talaga ng cheaper paper para matest mo yung strokes minsan at para makita mo ang tint ng colour bago mo e apply sa final ground mo.
  • Iyart and artjunkie thanks for the advice it really helped me a lot hehe..

    @iyart: ang M.Enriquez nasa recto sila and sila ata ang distributor ng mga art materials sa national bookstore. look at some of the brushes you buy from national kasi may sticker pa nila yan. and sila ang sole distributer ng berkeley products so mas mura talaga sa kanila.. pansinin mo if u buy a berkeley watercolor pad or any product kasi naka print mismo sa cover page ang adress nila and contact numbers hehe.. and kung sa national ang big berkeley watercolor pad is for P221 sa kanila P175 lang.. ang refills ng prang sa national P27 sa kanila P20.50.. hehe :)

    i also agree that we should buy cheaper materials kung nagsisimula pa lang para hindi magastos habang nagpapractice pero when it comes to paper kailangan talaga watercolor paper since ordinary paper doesn't absorb that much water and they tend to buckle and bend when water is applied to them so mahihirapan ka magpaint.:)
  • if you guys want "mura" art materials, go to policarpio in makati. andun lahat halos ng materyalis for art making. its like - heaven in there kapag makapasok kayo doon atska pag first time customer kayo, chances are, you'll something for free hehehe...
  • @D-2-U: Oh okay no wonder the name sounded familiar. I don't buy stuff from National na, super rare nalang kasi ang pangit ng ibang art stuff brands namin. Dun ako sa tabi ng USTe for convenience. Also, you're welcome. :>

    @artjunkie: or pwede rin yung technique na natutunan ko, pahid muna sa bond paper bago iapply sa watercolor pad para sure na tama. Btw, san banda sa Makati yung Policarpio?
  • ^^ policarpio is a secret warehouse of high-end brands of paints and stuffs. its on a street along kalayaan in makati ave. tanong mo nalang malapit sa a-venue. or you can catch their delivery trucks tuwing opening ng classes sa up campus. they carry lahat ng best brands at malayong mas mura kaysa sa mga stores. yung malalaking paints tubes andun lahat.
  • ^ Guess it's not a secret anymore. Thanks. :)) Will check it out.
  • FatalPainFatalPain PEx Rookie ⭐
    Slim chance and Iyart are you both architecture students?

    Kasi nung architecture pa course ko, yan din ginamit namin dati. It was good. Ang medium namin sa rendering is bristol boards. Ang consistency niya parang folder siya, pero absorvant. Pero wala pa din tatalo sa watercolor paper. May mabibili na bristol boards at coloring medias na mura sa Adams. Sa harap ng OWWA sa intramuros.
  • slim_chance79slim_chance79 PEx Veteran ⭐⭐
    FatalPain wrote: »
    Slim chance and Iyart are you both architecture students?

    Matagal nang graduate. :)
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