|"La Rambla," watercolor, 2017|
Watercolor paint is made in a similar way to all paint. That is, it comprises a pigment and a binder, variably with other additives, all dissolve able in water. Most sold today uses gum arabic as the binder. Additives can include all sorts of water-soluble materials intended to alter the performance of the paint--honey, for example. Watercolor paint is now made with the same kinds of newer organic pigments encountered in other media as well as the old standby earth colors like ochres.
|Tubed watercolors in plastic palette box|
Tubed watercolors can be had in very small, portable tubes of 5ml or so (left) or in larger sizes. Some companies sell an assortment in boxes that double as a palette and fits in a pocket, so all one has to do is carry a sketchbook or pad. On the other hand, small boxes of cakes that fit into a pocket are also available from a number of companies.
In the studio I do use tubed watercolors and I always take both a pocket-sized box as well as a larger metal watercolor box that holds more colors in full-sized pans. Those sorts of watercolor boxes have more room for a waterbrush, a pen or two, and even perhaps a scrap or two of paper towelling.
|"Waiting for food, Anna Marie Is," 2018|