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Tube vs. Pan Watercolors

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What's the difference between pan and tube watercolors? Tube vs. pan watercolors - one artwork in two mediums! I'm comparing tube and pan watercolors by swatching them and painting roughly the same image with each of them on the same type of watercolor paper. You can watch the pans vs. tubes speed painting video or keep reading.



I've always used pans, but I recently got these tube watercolors sent to me and tried them for the first time. I've been using them a little bit since in combination with my pan watercolors and I'll finally compare them by swatching the colors and painting roughly the same image with each of them on the same type of watercolor paper. I did this around Easter so thought I'd paint daffodils.



Pan watercolors
The pan watercolors are the *Pocket Plus Watercolor Set by Winsor & Newton Cotman. I've had this set for over nine years and I have yet to replace any of the pans although a few of them are running very low and are in need of …

Watercolor Kit Unboxing and Review

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Is it possible to have all the supplies you need to start watercolor painting delivered to you in one kit? Let's see! I unboxed and reviewed the Home Hobby By 3L Watercolor Studio Kit and tried following one of their step-by-step guides on how to paint an ostrich in rainbow colors. Watch the watercolor kit review video or keep reading.


What is Home Hobby By 3L?
I got an email from 123-creative.com, which is an online store that sells Home Hobby By 3L art and crafts products, saying that they'd like to send me one of their new watercolor kits to review on my YouTube channel. So, they kindly sent me this kit for free. However, the video is not sponsored and they did not ask me to make this blog post. I just wanted to share this on the blog, too.

They have multiple watercolor kits and reading through the product info, I noticed they all have the same supplies and the difference is in the instructions included in the kits. So, the basic kit has just the supplies and the others ha…

How to Save Leftover Acrylic Paint for Later

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A quick tip on how to save acrylic paint for later! If you mix too much acrylic paint or pour too much paint out of the tube, do you know what to do with the leftover paint? If you're planning to continue painting the next day, you can't just leave it, cause acrylic paint will dry by then. You can watch the video on how to keep acrylic paint wet overnight and longer or keep reading.



Mixed too much acrylic paint?
You know how you sometimes mix too much acrylic paint or pour too much paint out of the tube? What do you do with the leftover paint? If you're planning to continue painting the next day, you can't just leave it, 'cause acrylic paint will dry by then.

How to save leftover paint for reuse
Here's one tip! Instead of pouring and mixing paint on a palette, use little containers you can close. The paint won't dry out when the lid is closed. That way you don't have to waste the leftover paint. And if you've mixed a good color and you want to com…

Do You Have to Prime Cardboard Before Painting?

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Do you really need to prime cardboard with gesso before painting? I previously made a blog post about how I prepare cardboard for painting by priming it with gesso and why you might want to do that. This time I'm testing, if you really have to prime it by showing you a comparison of painting on primed and unprimed cardboard with acrylics. Let's see if the primed vs. unprimed cardboard painting results look different or not and whether I'll be contradicting what I wrote in that post.


You can watch the video version of the primed vs. unprimed cardboard comparison or continue reading below.

Cutting the cardboard
I cut up the cardboard into two pieces, so you can get a fair comparison. It's the backing of a watercolor pad, so it's quite thick. So, I had to use a utility knife to cut it in half and then a nail file to smooth out the cut, because I couldn't get a clean cut. Then I used little nail scissors to clean off the rest. I've used up a few of these same …

2018 in Review & 2019 Goals | Art, YouTube & Business

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Is it worth it to take part in art collectives? Can you have the benefits of live streaming without being live? Time for another yearly review, where I tell your things I learned about running a YouTube channel and being an artist online.