Watercolour also aquarelle (French, diminutive of Latin aqua "water"), is a painting method in which the paints are made of pigments suspended in a water-based solution. Watercolour refers to both the medium and the resulting artwork.
The traditional and most common support material to which the paint is applied for watercolour paintings is paper. Watercolor paper is often made entirely or partially with cotton. This gives the surface the appropriate texture and minimizes distortion when wet. Watercolours are usually translucent, and appear luminous because the pigments are laid down in a pure form with few fillers obscuring the pigment colors. Watercolours can also be made opaque by adding Chinese white.
All the paintings featured on this page have been drawn using watercolours. Slightly harder to master due to the water soluble nature of the pigments, these colours allow for the tones to be created either by water-usage, or by mixing different amounts of two colors. They are also great for creating atmosphere in your image. The have a wonderful luminescent quality.
My experiments with watercolours here at The Cuckoo's Nest have resulted in fantastic paintings that capture light, and shade, and enhance the details perfectly. Have a look at the watercolour art works in the gallery below and share your thoughts.