The watercolor (word that comes from the Italian watercolor) is a painting on paper or cardboard with colors diluted in water

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February 22, 2017
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The watercolor (word that comes from the Italian watercolor) is a painting on paper or cardboard with colors diluted in water

It is also the name of the technique used in this type of painting, and the colors with which it is made. The colors used are transparent (depending on the amount of water in the mix) and sometimes show the bottom of the paper (white) that acts as another tone.

In his procedures, the painting is used by transparent layers in order to achieve greater brightness and ease in the composition that is being made.

In Chinese, Korean and Japanese painting it has been a dominant pictorial medium, often made in a mochromatic way with blacks or cuttlefish.

Watercolor (espaà ± olleto) is a type of paint that is made by dispersing pigments in water along with a series of additives that facilitate its use and conservation.
The characteristic of a watercolor is that it lacks binder in the strict sense of the word, this is a non-volatile component that unites, that is, agglutinates the pigment particles with each other, fixes them to the bottom and forms with them, when dry, a film or paint layer.

In watercolor, gum arabic, which intervenes in a much smaller proportion than in gouache, does not act as a binder but rather as a protective colloid preventing the sedimentation of the pigments and secondly as an adhesive contributing to the fixation of the pigment on the support .

This fact differentiates genuine watercolor from other types of water-based paints such as glue, dextrin, cellulose, etc., and especially gouache or rubber paint. If this were not so, the watercolor would be nothing more than a low-cover version of rubber paint, that is, a transparent gouache and, therefore, apart from this difference, its characteristics, strengths, technique and applications would be identical.

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