It is arguable that the first artistic masterpieces in the world are watercolor cave paintings created at the dawn of human history. Water-based paints have been the medium that has chronicled our existence throughout time. From ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and delicate Asian scrollwork through the Renaissance right up to the Impressionist movement and today's gallery pieces, watercolor has been ever present. Watercolor paint consists of pigment mixed with gum arabic, which is often applied to watercolor paper. Although simple in formula, it is a uniquely challenging and unpredictable medium.
The paint itself is naturally transparent and can be layered one hue on top of another. Results are often unexpected and masters of the art form have learned to use improvisation and spontaneity to make this characteristic an advantage. Watercolor paintings can be loose and luminescent or so tightly composed that they resemble photography.
It is no wonder the innovative spirit of America has embraced watercolors. Since the 18th century, American artists have contributed a vast body of work to the watercolor tradition that is second to none. Grumbacher® shares in this tradition as one of the only paint manufacturers in the world to produce its watercolors in America. The Academy® line of watercolor paint offers value and superior quality to artists of all levels.
Grumbacher Academy Watercolors offer a quality line of 60 color paints at an affordable price. Only finely ground pigments are used in making this smooth, rich paint. Either straight from the tube or when mixed with white, strokes and washes are vibrant and luminescent.