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Genuinely modern watercolours

Julie Collins describes Golden QoR Watercolours as ‘a wonderful range’, and urges you to try them as they will enrich your watercolour paintings


The American company Golden make QoR watercolour using a binder exclusive to them, called Aquazol, which makes the pigments extremely vibrant. Aquazol is a watersoluble polymer, thermally stable and a nontoxic substance. I noticed that there is less wet-to-dry colour shift than in many other watercolours. This is a very attractive feature as over many years of watercolour painting I have often been disappointed when my bright watercolour has dried, sometimes 50 per cent lighter, and appears so dull.

QoR is a genuinely modern watercolour where they have expanded the range and versatility of each colour. The water solubility is excellent and the glazing qualities are wonderful. Most of the colours in the range have an excellent or very good lightfastness rating, which is very good news for watercolour painters.

Opaque and semi-opaque colours

There are very few opaque colours in the QoR range and this highlights the fact that the colours are extremely rich and bright. Of the 83 available colours only 23 are semi-opaque, including aureolin modern, French cerulean blue, cerulean blue chromium and diarylide yellow, which is a semi-opaque, warm orange yellow. It is an extremely strong colour in a heavier mix but in a paler tone appears like a beautiful peach orange. Cobalt blue is also semiopaque; this clear, strong blue has a slightly soapy texture and in mid- to pale mixes it is perfect for skies in your landscape painting. It is also a granulating colour, like all the cobalts in the QoR range.

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Welcome to our June issue with plenty to inspire artists in all media. Watercolourists will love Amanda Hyatt's Five Steps to Watercolour technique with a 10-minute exercise to try, Ann Blockley's invitation to let go of reality and get creative with the medium, Jean Haines' advice on how to paint white flowers, while Julie Collins shows how adding ink can create definition and impact. For inspiration for oil painters don't miss cover artist Jason Sacran's step-by-step self-portrait, Patrick Cullen's article on painting in India and Paul Brown's advice on using just six colours to paint a landscape. For acrylic painters we have Michael Kidd talking about his stylised acrylic compositions, Jo Quigley's demonstration on how to paint successful reflections in acrylics and Marie Antoniou on how to transform a dull photo into an interesting painting, while Barry Herniman demonstrates the versatility of the under-used medium of gouache. With all this and much more, why not try a new medium or technique in the coming weeks under the guidance of our fantastic contributing artists!