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Hilary Page's Guide to Watercolor Paints: A Completely Up-To-Date Guide to More Than 1000...
by Hilary Page
With new colours and new reduced-toxicity paints on the market, what artists previously knew from experience about the characteristics of their paints is no longer entirely dependable. Information on the subject is essential to all watercolourists, and this manual aims to provide it.
Paperback, 160 pages
Published February 1st 1997 by Watson-Guptill Publications
(first published December 1996)
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I may just have to get myself a copy of this useful guide for people who paint in watercolor. My only concern - the copyright is 1996, and I know that paint companies are always working on their quality, reliability and lightfastness. Still Page, takes 1400 different watercolor paints and compares them, giving her evaluation on how well each handles, mixes, and maintains its color over time. Her comments include value range, transparency and opacity, lifting capacity and wet-into-wet action. The ...more
If you're a nerd like I am, you'll enjoy reading the reviews and mini-histories of pigments. I learned a lot about pigment and steadfastness reading this book and it changed the way I shopped for my painting supplies because I learned how to read the labels.