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Jedburgh Abbey from the River, by Thomas Girtin 1798-99 (watercolor on paper).

Watercolours (UK), also called watercolor (US) or aquarelle (French), are paintings whose colours are water-based pigments.

Watercolours were first created in China, appearing shortly after paper was invented. Watercolours soon became popular in Japan as well.[1] Pigment is mixed first with a binder which is most of the time, gum arabic, then add water and then using a brush add the pigment to material like paper. When the water dries, the pigment is stuck to the material from the binder.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. "5 facts about watercolours". Old Holland Classic Colours. Retrieved 2023-01-01.
  2. "V&A · What is watercolour?". Victoria and Albert Museum. Retrieved 2023-01-01.