Watercolour Physics

The Physics of Watercolour

Once, following an art course discussion on priming canvas for oil painting, someone said that to be a painter you need to be a chemist. That set me thinking, if an oil painter is a chemist, is a watercolourist a physicist? After all, watercolour paint dries when the water evaporates – a physical process. On the …

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Watercolour magnetism

I don’t remember the first time I noticed that my Daniel Smith Hematite Genuine watercolour was ferromagnetic. If you produce a nice flocculating wash of hematite you can have fun playing with a magnet and you can get quite long strands of pigment to form. During Covid lockdown #3 in 2020 I played around with …

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