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What is your favorite form of watercolor? 

461 deviants said Pan watercolors cdn.dickblick.com/items/003/37…
443 deviants said Tube watercolors cdn.dickblick.com/items/017/04…
100 deviants said watercolor pencils cdn.dickblick.com/items/205/67…
58 deviants said Liquid watercolors cdn.dickblick.com/items/003/15…
43 deviants said goauche cdn.dickblick.com/items/008/12…
15 deviants said other (please comment)

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Red--Squirrel Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Love using whole pans. Can get a good amount of colour from them and yet waste nothing. I'm far too lazy to keep unscrewing lids on the tubes!
samir-alaoui Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2011
Quilsnap Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2011   General Artist
I put my tube watercolours in a pan B)
mistermollusk Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use tubes that I let dry into cakes.
Kazekoh Featured By Owner May 16, 2011  Student General Artist
Tube watercolors water color pencils and gouache. o3o I haven't tried liquid and the last pan experience I had made me flinch. But I may try them again
Kikwoka Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
I find tube watercolour difficult to work with, and gouache is okay but I like my pan ones :D *Strokes pan watercolours affectionately*
luckynesu Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010
tubes... but it dried out...
KensanOni Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2010
I prefer using tubes when I'm at home, and I prefer using watercolor pencils while I am on the move!
MrsBrushwood Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Goauche are not watercolors specifically. They're a water technique but hmmm not watercolor :<. I think.
MNat Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2010  Professional
I'm like using both watercolor and gouache together. It's creates a nice balance between transparent and opaque mediums, and since both are water-based mediums they get along swimmingly :D
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
I voted liquid watercolors, but I actually meant inks (I use them a lot like watercolors, or in combination). After that, pans. I don't think I've ever used proper watercolor tubes, only gouache.

Buuut I'll paint with literally almost anything that's available. I'm really not picky and enjoy using the advantages of each medium.
The-Apiphobic-Artist Featured By Owner May 3, 2010  Student General Artist
So far I'm the only one that's commented about other. I use water color crayons. You just draw on a pallet with them, then use water to make it into paint. You can also use them like the pencils. You can draw on your paper and then get them wet.

Here's a pic. (and these are the actual brand I use) - - -> [link]
MableTheRabbid Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Most of mine used to be tube paints but I prefered to dry them up and use as pans.
BeatingDeadHeroes Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
I use a combination of liquid and tube watercolors. :P Gouache is the devil.
silver9fox Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010   Interface Designer
watercolor pencils are good for details...
Estheryu Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2010  Professional General Artist
Pan watercolors
caesaraugustus Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use a combo of watercolor pencils and tube paints. Some colors are hard to find
GunKasMen Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010   Interface Designer
Gouache is gouache and watercolor is watercolor!
Thats the same as ask "Which of these fruits you use to keep fit: cucumbers, pineapples or bread?"

Pan watercolor is my way; liquid watercolor doesnt even count watercolor.. If the magic of watercolor is in the WATER, why should you use some LIQUID colors?
GreenSprite Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2010
Such a purist :D You should experiment with liquid watercolors, actually. They require a somewhat different working method than pans, but they also offer different results. I use inks actually, and I like the fact that they dry faster and offer the possibility to create areas of flat colour very easily. The fun part is when you learn to combine all your tools to get interesting effects (at least for me).
altivo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Tube watercolors generally offer the most intense pigments for mixing, and the widest range of prepared colors. That said, I like all of these except gouache. Pans are great for outdoor sketching and travel. I've used the liquid paints a bit for coloring or highlighting pen and ink drawings and they are great for that. I'm not sure I'd use them for an entire painting though. I'm just starting to explore the pencils. Gouache feels more like oils to me, because of the opacity, and I'd rather just use oil paints if I were going in that direction.
Gabrielsknife Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I use mostly watercoloured pencils, but I've broken into pan watercolours. I've got a few in tube form, but I haven't really experimented with them too much. I really wanna get into goauche though. ^_^
xnaxox Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010   Digital Artist
tube watercolours xD! better for mixing xD.!
JennieLuv Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like pan watercolours. Practical,and not too messy. But I'm using tubes and Gouache for larger artworks.
Nanjung110 Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2009
what's the difference between goauche and tube watercolor?
MrsBrushwood Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2010  Student Traditional Artist
Gouache are opaque and watercolors are transparent. And gouache aren't a type of watercolor, they're a different technique.
Nanjung110 Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
oh i see. thank you :D
altivo Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Gouache is water soluble but opaque where watercolor is largely transparent. The two can be used together but they give a different effect and require somewhat different skills in designing and laying down the paint.
sherega Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
Pan colours. Though I like to use ink, pencil and gel pen, too, in a same work to create lines and at times textures. At times even acrylic colours mixed with water but other types of watercolours I haven't had a change to try.

Some day I would like to try goauche and tube/liquid watercolours. n_____n
CandiedSkulls Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
I use pans mainly, I also use a few tubes and highlight in gouache. I rarely use watercolour pencils
watercolorbyvivi Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Pan is more practice when are you traveling
beetlejazz Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2009
Tubes. Switching to them from pans made a world of difference in my painting. I'm rather fond of gouache as well, for quick, small everyday painting. Would love to try the liquids!
Klaora Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I use a little bit of everything on a piece. I use pencils (Prismacolor)if I want a certain texture like for trees or grass. When I want a very light wash, like for a sky, background, or when I am creating flames I like semi-wet pan (Prang, normally). For the center of the piece or when I need a really obnoxious color, tube (cheap off brand), definitely.
Not a big fan of liquid, and I've not used Gouache. I'll have to try that. :3
I don't think I'd suggest this method to anyone but cartoonists. XD If there's a reason I'm not terribly good with them, it might be this.
liltrix7 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Student General Artist
Well, it sort of depends. I like pan, but I like tubes because I like putting them on a plate and mixing for more color. = D
p-e-a-k Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009   Traditional Artist
I have a field-set, i.e. a box with pans for out-door work/ sketching.
But for my "real" paintings I use (artist grade) tube paints.
Most of my paintings are rather big, and using tube colours I can quickly squeeze out just the right amount of nice "juicy" colour.
I also find tubes better for keeping colours clean/ separate from each other. With pans, I find it very hard to prevent "cross-contamination".

I love trying out new stuff, so I bought some watercolour pencils a while back. Found them disappointing, but maybe they are just not suited to my way of painting.
KelliRoos Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I am most comfortable with tubes, but have a set of pans that I try to use when traveling. :-)
AngelusNoir Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional General Artist
I love my pan watercolours......[blocx & w&n mostly]but I also have a whole box of tubes for specific projects[w&n,art spectrum]....and I love watercolour pencils[derwent,faber-castell],for details and portability:D]
tHe-FOrger Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009   Traditional Artist
uhmmm, I use a combination of Tube watercolors, pan watercolors, and watercolor pencils... :giggle:
theancientofdays Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Tubes - and let them dry out completely before using them. It makes a lot of difference in controlling the amount of paint that you load on the brush. ;)
terepalomitas Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
Tubes 99% of the time
patty-space Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It really depends on what I'm working on. I like gouache for medieval type of things, watercolor pencils for every day and travel, pans for travel and tubes at home. I also mix my own pigments.
truthseaker Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
i like pan watercolours better probably bacause i havent quite figured out my tube ones yet
witchesrose Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
I use watercolour from tubes because of the stronger colours,... I had pans, but I only use than when I'm traveling....I use watercolour pencils for sketches and detailing...
amara1023 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Student General Artist
Other...I don't use watercolor :ohnoes:
masaothedog Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009   Artist
I like liquid watercolours because of their consistency, and I think they're very vibrant.
zzen Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I use watercolours in pans
winsor and newton artists´
white nights
cabepfir Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Pans, definitely. Immediate, you already have all the colours in front of you, and no waste.
rell121 Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
I've never heard of liquid watercolors, what are they like?
Rvaya Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
I like the Ecoline liquid watercolors. They are a lot of fun to play with.
little-sugar-fairy Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
I prefer tube watercolour, even if it's more expensive, the quality is way better and the colours are more numorous, vivid, better for mixes :D
Mashmaro Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2009
...Pan watercolours are always like that?
Because I use watercolours in pills (or something like that) I want to try other kinds of watercolours too!
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