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🎨 Watercolour – An Explorative Art Technique 💧

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Watercolour is a medium that dates back to the fifteenth century, when the first tubes of paint were invented. It was invented in Italy by Francesco di Giorgio Martini and his company, who called it “aquatinta” or “water-colours”. He accidentally spilled some ink on a piece of paper and discovered that the pigment absorbed into it, producing an image with bold colours. 

The earliest identifiable use of watercolour was in the 6th century manuscript of the Quedlinburg Itala fragment. This manuscript is a 6th-century illuminated manuscript of the Gospels, written on parchment and decorated with gold leaf and colored by hand. It measures approximately 13 by 8 inches (33 x 21 cm). The manuscript was found in the Abbey of Quedlinburg, Germany and later given to an English library where it has remained ever since; however, it has not been translated into English until recently (which means you can still read it!).

Watercolours were used extensively in early European art, from the twelfth century onward. 

In Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries watercolours were a popular medium for artists such as Jacques-Louis David (1748–1825), Jean François Millet (1814–1875), Camille Corot (1796 – 1875) and John Constable (1776 – 1837). The use of watercolour painting declined during this time but has since become more popular again thanks largely to its versatility as well as being able to produce vivid colours with little effort on behalf of an artist or designer

They became very popular in Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. By 1833, nearly every professional artist in England was using watercolour as his/her primary form of painting. The medium was popular in the 19th century, when many artists began experimenting with it and creating new techniques that would become standard practice for generations to come.

The first half of the nineteenth century saw a surge in popularity for watercolour painting. This led to an increase in demand for artists trained in this technique and it became widely used as a result. However, as time passed and technology advanced, many people began using oil paints instead of watercolours because they were cheaper and more accessible at that time (although they can still be found today).

The technique remained popular well into the twentieth century, up until World War I (1914-1918). The medium has remained popular among impressionist and other artists throughout this period; some even argue that it’s still at least as popular today! Artists developed new ways to apply colour onto surfaces such as wood or canvas through painting with watercolours alone rather than using expensive paints like oil or acrylics which require drying times before use. 


Watercolour is a versatile medium that can be used on any surface. It has been popular among impressionist and other artists to this day, as well as more recent practitioners like Joshua Parsons. The technique has remained popular among impressionist and other artists to this day, but it’s also useful for creating fine detail in your artwork. In fact, watercolours are often used by designers who want to create backgrounds for their projects or even just add colour accents here and there.

Watercolour paints are made from ground pigments mixed with water at low temperatures so that they don’t dissolve immediately when applied onto paper or canvas; this makes them ideal for creating broad strokes without having too much bleeding into the surrounding areas due to lack of sharp edges (which means less chance of smudging).

Watercolour is so versatile it can be used in art journals, on book covers, and even packaging!

Watercolours are an excellent medium for artists who want to experiment with new techniques. They have a high pigment content that allows the artist to create vivid colours without using as much paint as would be required with other mediums like acrylic or oil paint. This makes them ideal for use in mixed media projects such as collage or stamping since their thick texture lends itself well to being combined with other materials (like wood pieces) in order to create texture effects on paper surfaces or fabric backgrounds when working with these techniques.

Watercolour is an oft-underrated art medium that deserves a closer look. It’s easy to use, and it allows you to get your ideas down on paper in a way that’s accessible and fun.

  • Watercolour is versatile: You can create landscapes, portraits or abstracts with watercolours.
  • It’s portable: Watercolours can be taken anywhere you go! They’re perfect for sketching out ideas when you don’t have access to markers or other drawing supplies (or if you want something else than pen/pencil).
  • It’s easy to learn how to use: The basic techniques are simple enough that anyone can learn them after just one lesson from us here at École Intuit Lab – we’ll teach all about how colours interact with each other so that everyone can create beautiful works of art without having any trouble whatsoever learning what works best for their own style of work.”

Watercolour is an art form that deserves a closer look. It is easy to learn, has a wide range of uses and can be used in many mediums including book covers, packaging and even on clothing! Watercolours are versatile enough to work with both oils or acrylic paints as well as watercolors. Even more so than other traditional art materials such as pen & ink or pencil sketching – watercolour allows artists to be creative without having any limitations imposed by either the tools used or their color choices (though some people might argue those limits still exist).