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Watercolor
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Watercolor

Watercolor distinguishes itself from other types of paint by its great transparency. In fact, the pigments and small quantity of binding agent which compose it need only be diluted in a little water, enabling the artist to cover the paper as if with a translucent veil.

The intensity of color thus depends on the quantity of pigment diluted in the water, or by superimposing of coats of paint. The type of paper used as a support is equally of a great importance: its color, texture, and porous character can greatly influence the work and will be perceptible once the work is finished.

Due to its high moisture content, watercolor dries very quickly, but demands many precautions when working, since it does not enable one to go back. Furthermore, created works require many conservation precautions, as the paint easily degrades in contact with light and with the passage of time.
 

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