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Cheap, easy to use, non-toxic for children, color densities can be adjusted.
Artists have the opportunity to mix or blend colors either before applying
them to the paper or by layering colors already on the paper.
The artist must be very skilled in judging the appropriate amount of water to
apply. If too much water is placed on the brush, once contacting the paper,
the paint will puddle or run out of control. The paper may ripple or even
tear. Control is the main issue with watercolor. The more water the less
control over the color intensity and forms being painted. Detail and sharp
contours or edges are nearly impossible due to the running paint. Only a
master watercolorist can achieve a successful painting. The example is
Winslow Homerís Shore and Surf, Nassau, 1899. When Homer applied the
blue paint, he knew instinctively how far it would travel leaving the high
value white (the unpainted paper) open to suggest the crashing surf. The same
with all of the other colors and brushstrokes. The darker purple in the
bottom left creates a diagonal line, which as a low value area contrasts with
the lighter aqua color. Again, the painting is fuzzy and less detailed due to
these control issues.