Water Colours – Artist

You will Need:

Gum Arabic
Boiling Water
Clove oil (optional)
Coloured Earth Pigment

First, you will need to make up the binder.

Mix 250ml Water, 125ml gum Arabic powder and 50ml Honey ( 5 : 2.5 : 1 ratio )
At this stage you can add a couple of drops of clove oil as a preservative if you wish.
Strain the solution through a muslin cloth and store in a jar for future use.

To make the Watercolour paint:

Mix 1 tsp Honey with 9 tsp Binder mix thoroughly and then add 10 tsp of pigment. (1 : 1 binder/honey mix to pigment). Some colours may need a higher pigment ratio, so you will need to experiment. Start with the 1:1 ratio and then increase the amount of pigment until you achieve the required consistency.

Place the mixture on a smooth non-porous surface and blend with a pallet knife to create a smooth finish.

If you wish, you can use a muller to further blend the paint to a superfine finish.

The resulting paint can be stored in an airtight container, or left uncovered and allowed to dry, creating a watercolour ‘cake’.

Note: If the paint cake cracks while it dries, try adding a little more gum solution the next time you use that particular pigment. Don’t worry though, a little cracking doesn’t affect the usability of the paint.