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  1. Beth B. 3 years ago

    Anna, these videos are wonderful, and the light and your studio set are so pretty. Thank you for explaining about your paints and why you choose them, and the changes you are making to your paints and palette. I love the new porcelain plate. Simply perfect. Like everything you do, Anna, you and your team have done such an excellent job. I love the new look.

  2. Debra Sullivan 3 years ago

    Oooooh… I’m excited!!!! Really looking forward to learning. Thanks, Anna. Your work is sublime!

  3. Dear 3 years ago

    most of my artworks are inspired by you Ms. Anna
    thank you so much for sharing tip

  4. hi-I recently purchased your book and noticed your palette in there includes 2 additional colors quin red and quin magenta. I haven’t been through all the online classes but did you use these 2 colors in older tutorials?

    • Tünde 2 years ago

      I had the same dilemma earlier. I noticed that Anna uses these colours in older tutorials and the book so I got them as well since the book is invaluable and I am planning to paint the tutorials. I hope this helps. Happy Painting.

  5. Tee 2 years ago

    First of all: I really like your work and look forward learning from your blog. It already helped me a lot!

    I also have a question for you. I recently started watercolouring and have purchased the 6 essential paints by Winsor & Newton they mention on their website (Winsor Lemon, Winsor Yellow, Scarlet Lake, Permanent Rose, Winsor Blue (G/S) and French Ultramarine). However, I want to add some more colours to my primaries so I have 10-12 colours to start from.
    Which colours would you recommend buying? I paint mostly animals.

  6. joea53 2 years ago

    Anna, I love the results you achieve but I have a basic problem. I have converted to a limited palette of single pigment paints. 6 paints – Cool and Warm versions of Red, Blue and Yellow. As I can mix most any color from this set I would like to continue with these and work mostly on your techniques as flowers are my current goal of mastery. Can this be done? Joe

    • Author
      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      You can try Joe, only for the really vibrant colours in flowers such as vibrant pinks and purples you’ll find you can’t get vibrant enough with your mixes. You need colours like Opera Rose and Quin. Purple (PV55) for them.

  7. Susanne Nickel 2 years ago

    Thank you so much for these great videos !
    It is hardly possible to find an online art school like yours, and I have really searched for 🙂
    Although I am not a native speaker and it might be challenging sometimes I assume, I am really happy to have found you. Maybe here are other Germans around … 🙂

  8. Very interesting…

  9. Angelina de la Fuente 2 years ago

    Hi Anna, thank you for the tips and sharing your videos on different technique of paintings, I’m very inspired and did learned a lot more from your paintings Watercolour Wow!
    Love, Angelina

  10. Bia Mauricio 2 years ago

    Hi, here is Bia from Brazil. I would like some references to the wheel of colors you use. Where I can find texts about that Waldo (?) wheel of colors ?

  11. Chris 2 years ago

    Hi Anna
    What does the “butter, milk and water” refer to in your paints list?

    • Author
      Anna Mason 2 years ago

      It’s an analogy to help describe paint consistencies Chris.

  12. mary 2 years ago

    Could you tell us which tablet / iPad you use and which size?
    Thank you!

  13. Diana Ryman 1 year ago

    I’m new to your videos and books and looking forward to learning from you. I just downloaded the list of paints you use and have one concern….Opera Rose/Opera Pink is an extremely fugitive pigment. I have steered clear of this one even though it has a beautiful fluorescent quality. Can you explain your reasoning in using it and directing students to use it? I’m a long way from being a professional, but I still want what I create to last for generations and not fade away in a short period of time. Do you use this for your professional work?

    • Author
      Anna Mason 1 year ago

      Yes I do. I’ve covered this elsewhere but there have been big improvements in pigment technology in recent years and it’s not that fugitive any more!

  14. Maki 1 year ago

    Anna,
    I am new to watercolor, and bought your first book. Now, I have joined your school and am so excited. In the book, you said that you vastly preferred the W&N pans to the tubes; but, in the videos you recommend and use the tubes. Has your preference changed? I want to invest in more paints, but I want to get the right ones.
    Thanks!

    • Author
      Anna Mason 1 year ago

      Hi Maki, welcome to the School and sorry for the change! It actually doesn’t matter very much so long as you use the paint from tubes dry, so they behave just like pans. I did a video about the reasons for my change which you can check out here.

  15. Ann Traverse 1 year ago

    I am very interested in joining your on-line school, my querie is this, I do have quite a lot of artist quality watercolours, but as you can guess not the ones you are suggesting. I feel reluctant to purchase every colour as financial restraints. Would it be ok, if I use the paint that I already have, and just purchase a few specific colours.

    • Author
      Anna Mason 1 year ago

      Totally understand not wanting to keep buying Ann. So long as you have colours that are ‘transparent’, that’s the key as they will work well with layering. If they’re more opaque you may struggle to get the results you’re looking for and could get frustrated. The manufacturer should categorise them as transparent or opaque for you.

  16. Amanda 1 year ago

    Hello, Anna. My, how talented you are! I’m very new to watercolor painting and was wondering how you store your porcelain plate palette when not in use. Do you cover it with plastic wrap? Place it uncovered in a drawer? Leave it out and uncovered? I can’t paint daily so was looking for advice as to how to store it once the paints have dried on it. Thanks!

    • Author
      Anna Mason 1 year ago

      Hi Amanda!I leave it out because I use it quite often. But you could cover with paper or wrap or something to stop it gathering dust if you needed to leave it for longer. It’s all dry so it’s not a problem.

  17. Francesca 1 year ago

    I am going to start taking your classes but I have the Rembrandt set. Are the paint numbers comparable me to the W&N?

  18. Mireya 1 year ago

    love the color wheel info. Thanls

  19. Marion 12 months ago

    Hello Anna, I’m delighted to have discovered your website and teaching, which looks fabulous, as too your stunning artwork. I’m very interested in embarking on your course and many thanks for your videos and PDF regarding recommended equipment, which is extremely helpful. I just have a question regarding paints, having recently bought a Winsor & Newton Cotman water colours set (pans) prior to coming across your website. Some of the colours you recommend are in this palette and with the exception of Yellow Ocre are all classed as Transparent/Semi-Transparent but are the Cotman range of sufficiently good enough quality for your teaching? Very many thanks.

    • Author
      Anna Mason 11 months ago

      Hi Marion – thanks for your message. Unfortunately the Cotman range contain a lot less pigment than the professional/artists range. The result is that the colours are duller and not as bold – and don’t tend to layer as well. That’s annoying I know as you’ve recently bought them. There’s nothing to stop you having a go using them but do be aware that you’re likely to struggle to get the same sort of result and it might be a bit disheartening. Good luck with your learning and I hope I can help you.

  20. Lise 9 months ago

    Hi Anna,
    I’ve recently set myself up with all of the colors you use and bought a white plate the same size. Before I set up the plate I wanted to confirm with you that as the colors dry on the plate they are as easily accessible as when they are first put out? In using my old plastic palette with the individual wells I just spray the colors I am using to re wet them and had no danger of them running into each other. How do you keep this from happening given that the colors are so close together on the plate?

  21. Jennifer Stahl 3 months ago

    Der Anna, I have just finished the pear after your wonderful free tutorial and cannot believe that it was really me who painted it. I would love to book your courses. But I am wondering which of my Schmincke Horadam watercolors correspond to the colors you recommend. Do you have any idea how I could find out?
    Greetings from the north of Germany
    Jenny

    • Author
      Anna Mason 3 months ago

      Hi Jenny,You can get my full recommended paint list as a PDF on the equipment page. In there it tells you what their pigment numbers are so you can check those against the pigment numbers of your Schmincke paints (which you can get from their website).i hope this helps!

  22. Ajpoulton 2 months ago

    Name of supplier for your Bright VIolet used in the blue pansy painting

  23. Janella 2 months ago

    Anna, I’m going to be putting my tube paints into half pans in a palette rather than using the plate (for convenience as we drive back and forth between two homes in two different states and I don’t want to travel with the plate). Do you have a chart listing how you arranged the colors in the palette? Thank you.

    • Hi Janella, it’s exactly the same, you’ll just have to do them in rows instead of in a circle but you should still be able to put them in some kind of order by following the colour wheel at the bottom of this page…

      • Janella 1 month ago

        This makes sense! Thank you.

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