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Old 07-11-2006, 12:28 PM   #1  
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What is the difference between the different types of watercoloring methods. I am especially interested in gamsol and stumps as opposed to using an aquapainter or blender pens.
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You can use the aquapainter or blending pens to watercolor with:
- watercolor paint (either from a tube, or cakes)
- watercolor crayons
- watercolor pencils
- dye ink (either from a reinker, or from your stamp pad)
- watercolor marker scribbled on a cd or piece of plastic

With the gamsol and stumps, you would use colored pencils (not watercolor pencils)

When I use the watercolor pencils with the aquapainter, the colors seem much more subtle and "washed" as opposed to the gamsol and stumps with colored pencils. It seems to me you also need to work at blending less with the watercolors. The gamsol and stumps give you more intense colors.

If someone asked my favorite method, I wouldn't have one! It depends on the image I'm coloring and the "feel" I'm trying to create.
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All watercoloring is essentially the same in that you take some type of medium and add water to dilute the color and spread over the paper. Gamsol and pencils is not watercoloring.

There are watercolor paints, crayons, pencils. You can use dye reinkers as an already wet watercolor medium. Another fun way to watercolor is to take an ink pad and brayer it and then add to watercolor paper. Mist and watch it move. Especially nice on multicolor ink pads.
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The main difference here is that the gamsol/prismacolor technique is NOT watercoloring, lol. Gamsol is mineral spirits (think paint thinner) which is used to break down the pigments in order to blend the color. That doesn't mean it's bad, it just means you want to take reasonable precautions when using it, i.e. proper ventilation, keep away from flame, etc.

Watercoloring using all the other devices you mentioned is just watercoloring. The only difference really is the intensity of the color. Watercolor crayons are much more concentrated color than the pencils. I use the crayons, but more because they match SU colors.

As for the aquapainter, I use it as well as a plain ol' brush. Sometimes I have a harder time controlling the water flow in the aquapainter.
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