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Video: All About Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor

by Hero Arts March 21, 2018 20 Comments

Hi everyone! This is Lydia Fiedler, and I'm thrilled to be a guest on the Hero Arts blog today, talking to you about my favorite thing in the universe - watercolor.

I know a lot of people are intimidated by watercolor, but in my opinion, it's actually the most forgiving art medium, and it's also so easy to use when you are out and about, because since both the solvent and the cleanup product - water - is available pretty much everywhere, and it's non-toxic and odor-free, which is a huge plus.

The other cool thing about watercolor, as opposed to most other types of paints, is that it comes in many different forms - tube paint, powders, and today's topic - liquid watercolor. This also means that I can keep buying watercolor mediums endlessly, which makes me extremely happy, if I'm being honest.

Hero Arts new Liquid Watercolor is unique in a few important ways in the world of liquid watercolor, and you'll see these in my video. It's a pigment-based watercolor, not a dye, so the blending and mixing properties are beautiful and very similar to traditional tube watercolor. They are inexpensive, and because they mix and blend so well, you can create hundreds of custom colors - you'll see 196 of them in my video, just for starters, and all of those were mixed with the eight colors I have - Strawberry, Mulled Wine, Dandelion, Moss, Pine, Deep Ocean, Indigo and ArtPrint Brown. Even if you don't mix them - just diluting each color gives you a wide range from intense to pastel. There's also a Black, which you can use to tone each of these colors and completely change the way they look.

I have a process for testing all new mediums I try - I tend to test watercolors with the same handful of experiments, and that helps me see how they are similar to or different from other mediums. I think I enjoy the testing and swatching process as much as I enjoy actually painting.

I'm a little bit obsessed with packaging too, and these little bottles make me happy for two reasons - they are slim and easy to store upright in a shallow drawer - and the integrated dropper is a must. I feel like a crafty scientist when these are on my desk.

You can rewet them when they dry in your palette (another unique watercolor win for making them portable), but a little goes a long way - you'll see how little I used for LOTS of experiments and several cards, so no need to use a whole dropper of color for a painting session.

When I was done, I just left my folding palette open until the pigments were dry, and then put it away - now it's ready to go with me to retreats and events.

For the card I painted in the video, I used Fun in the Rain, and just a few colors to show you how to mix and blend and create shadows and reflections with this medium. After I painted the image, I cut it out with the Circle Infinity Dies, and stamped the sentiment on black with Unicorn White Ink, and embossed with with the White Detail Embossing Powder, using the MISTI.



I hope you enjoy the video as much I as I did making it. Thanks for stopping by today!

 
If you have trouble with the video above you can try this link HERE to watch in HD on YouTube.

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20 Responses

Winnie Hettigoda
Winnie Hettigoda

October 05, 2018

I live in Sri Lanka. How can I buy these materials?

Barbara Wolters
Barbara Wolters

March 29, 2018

Thanks for the introduction to Hero Arts Liquid Watercolor. Definitely going to give them a try!

Sharon Fletcher
Sharon Fletcher

March 27, 2018

This was super helpful. Thank you so much.

Dawn Keene
Dawn Keene

March 25, 2018

This was very helpful. I was a little unsure of how the liquid water colors work. I have several types, tube, hard form, etc. After watching this video I purchase all of the colors. Can’t wait to use them.

Lydia B Fiedler
Lydia B Fiedler

March 23, 2018

Hi Tracy Abrams (and thank you everyone for your kind comments!) – my brushes are Escoda Versatil Travel Brushes – I love them!

Meg M.
Meg M.

March 23, 2018

Great post, Lydia! I always love watching you watercolor and these new liquid watercolors look amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.

Teresa Doyle
Teresa Doyle

March 22, 2018

Awwww, how sweet is this? Love it!

Karthikha Uday
Karthikha Uday

March 22, 2018

Thanks for the lovely video :)

Aaron Leventhal
Aaron Leventhal

March 21, 2018

Beautiful work Lydia! Interesting, informative and playful.
Tracy Abrams
Tracy Abrams

March 21, 2018

I was wondering what paint brushes you used for your water coloring?

Barb Oliver
Barb Oliver

March 21, 2018

Lydia, your watercolor videos are amazing! Thanks for sharing your great tips.

Dana M
Dana M

March 21, 2018

Great video Lydia! I am watercolor challenged so I appreciate all of your tips and especially those that a novice can do. It’s mesmerizing watching you watercolor. Terrific cards too!

MelissaF
MelissaF

March 21, 2018

Wow, awesome watercoloring video! Now I want to try these liquid watercolors, thanks so much for sharing your incredible talents

Henriëtte
Henriëtte

March 21, 2018

Thanks for this great video and lovely card.

Jackie Price
Jackie Price

March 21, 2018

Great video!! Gives a good review of the equality of this product and what they can do. Thanks for this

Lindar C
Lindar C

March 21, 2018

Fantastic tutorial, love those little rain boots!

Cindy C.
Cindy C.

March 21, 2018

Great video and sweet card!!

Avra Williams
Avra Williams

March 21, 2018

I love watching you water color – it’s become a habit! :)

Renee VanEpps
Renee VanEpps

March 21, 2018

Oh boy, these are a must have! Thanks for the excellent video Lydia!

Cristina
Cristina

March 21, 2018

wow…really a great product!
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