There is such a huge amount of paints available these days that range from ‘kids’ paints, right up to ‘professional’ paints. It doesn’t even really matter which medium you prefer.
Many artists will tell you to buy the best you can afford, and that’s pretty good advice, however if you are not yet a professional painter how do you choose?
If I had to describe my level of watercolour painting, it would definitely be very amateur! I understand it, but have not really done a lot of it. My late mother-in-law was a big fan of watercolour painting, and I have a lot of paints, brushes and papers of hers, let alone a huge stack of work varying from test pieces to some lovely finished pieces. She had a mixed collection of paints, many from the Cotman brand which can be rather expensive these days, but the reason they ARE so expensive is that they last a very long time. A little tube can go a long way.
One person I follow on YouTube is a lady by the name of Kelly Eddington. Her videos are well presented, her reviews and tutorials easy to follow – and – her work, in my opinion, is beautiful.
The video below is her test of ‘cheap’ V ‘expensive’ paints. I agree with her totally that you should not use kids paints for art, but also that you don’t always need the most expensive paints to create a lovely piece of work! I think the most important thing is to get a couple of really good brushes and paper too.
If you would like to see more of her work, do go visit her official website: Kelly Eddington