We’ve selected watercolors that provide artists with an extensive range of colors and formulations for many techniques and effects, from the traditional to the experimental.
In addition to well known brands, you’ll find unique high-quality paints at Muse that are not stocked by any other art-materials store in the region. We have hand-painted color swatches on hand and are glad to demonstrate how different paints and mediums can give you more control and make specific results easier to obtain.
A Pacific Northwest favorite for decades, Daniel Smith paints have gained favor worldwide for their dependable quality and broad color selection, including versatile quinacridones, sparkling iridescents, the mineral-based Primatek line, and unique pigment blends formulated to create separating variegated effects.
Holbein Artists’ Watercolors:
These beautiful paints use very finely ground pigments and are formulated with no ox-gall or dispersing agents so they provide excellent handling qualities, vivid transparent washes, and clean dark values. They’re designed to wet instantly from the tube, pan or palette. The best way we’ve found to describe these paints is that they seem almost magically able to do exactly what you want them to!
The pure jewel-like colors and lively earth tones in these Italian-made paints come from vivid pigments in gum arabic that’s selected for its lightness and clarity. When used in pans or a travel palette, these paints set up nicely to a workable semi-moist state.
These Oregon-made watercolors give artists rich, concentrated, pigment to produce vivid, luxurious, colors. Their “secret” ingredient, pure blackberry honey, gives them a unique consistency that mixes, flows, and rewets easily with the brush and will not harden in the tube.
QoR (“Quality of Results”) is made with Aquazol–a synthetic resin used in art conservation–that’s flexible, water soluble, and holds up to five times more pigment than traditional watercolors. These properties allow dramatically more color saturation, a wider range of dark-to-light values, and the ability to create very large work using less paint. The first modern innovation in watercolor paint in 150 years!
Rublev Colours Watercolors::
Made in small batches with the same natural pigments used by watercolor masters of the 17th through 19th centuries. Many of these rich single-pigment colors produce granulating effects as well as an exceptional range of transparent and opaque values. 20ml tubes and half pans.
Nicholson’s Peerless Transparent Watercolors:
Developed in 1885 for hand-coloring photographs, these special paper swatches are permeated with intense color. Wet them with a brush and start painting! Cut up the sheets and tape them into a sketchbook for the ultimate in portability.
M. Graham Gouache:
The rich colors of M.Graham gouache result from loading each color with as much pigment as possible. Because no opacifiers or whiteners are used, the strong, velvety colors remain deep and vivid when dry. Like Graham’s transparent watercolors, Graham gouache contains honey to keep paints moist and workable.
Lefranc & Bourgeois Fine Gouache:
A traditional opaque gouache at a single economical price point for all colors, including metallics. For painting, illustration, hand lettering and calligraphy.
Holbein Acryla Gouache is formulated with acrylic resin so colors dry and set quickly and won’t redissolve when layered. With a selection of 107 brilliant, matte, opaque colors, including fluorescents and metallics, painters and illustrators will always have the exact color they need without worrying about mixing!
A water-soluble paint with a natural wax-based binder. Dilute into thin, transparent layers or apply with less water for opaque layers. This paint can be heat-set with a blow dryer to harden layers so additional layers of paint can be built up without lifting or disturbing the colors below. Ceracolors can be used on any absorbent surface or in combination with encaustic paints.
MEDIUMS + GROUNDS
Muse stocks mediums and grounds to help increase control and expand techniques when painting with watercolors, including masking fluids, gum arabic, synthetic ox gall, Hydrogel for thinning and transparency without making paint too watery, and grounds from Golden and Daniel Smith to make any surface suitable painting with watercolors .