Watercolor Brands and Types

Watercolors have different types, “grades,” and brands – this is just a post which organizes them for reference!

Western Watercolors

Children’s Watercolors

  • Crayola
  • Angora
  • Reeves
  • Prang
  • US Art Supply

Student or Craft Grade

  • Windsor Newman Cotman
  • Prima Marketing
  • Grumbacher Academy
  • Soho Urban
  • Blick
  • Sakura Koi
  • Van Gogh
  • Yarka
  • LUKAS
  • Blockx
  • Sennelier La Petite Aquarelle

Artist’s Grade

  • Daniel Smith
  • Windsor Newton
  • Sennelier L’Aquarelle
  • Artist’s Journey
  • Schminke
  • M. Grahm
  • Holbein
  • QOR
  • Da Vinci
  • Maimeri Blu
  • Turner
  • Remembrant

East Asian Watercolors & Sumi Inks

Student Grade

  • Kissho Gansai
  • Marie’s Chinese Watercolors
  • Boku-Undo
  • Yasutomo
  • Shinhan Watercolors
  • Nihonga Sumi-e
  • Kuretake Gansai
  • Akashiya
  • Finetec Micas
  • Niji Watercolors

Inks

  • Yasutomo Sumi Ink
  • Master’s Brand –  Yi de ge
  • Kuretake Zig Cartoonist Sumi Ink
  • Pilot Iroshizuku sumi
  • Chinese ink sticks – often called Soot ink stick
  • Chung Hwa inks
  • Hukaiwen Ink sticks
  • Moon Palace
  • Red Star Sumi inks
  • Tessai’s Tung ink stick
  • Bamboo Brand
  • Daseng Ink

Artist’s Grade

Other Watercolor Forms:

Watercolor Crayons or Oil Pastels

  • Caran D’ache Neocolor II
  • Marabu Art Crayon
  • Faber Castell
  • Staedler
  • Lyra
  • Mungyo
  • Crayola Portfolio Series
  • Pentel
  • Sargent Arts

Watercolor Pencils

  • Stablio
  • Cretacolor
  • Prismacolor
  • Derwent Watercolor
  • Faber-Castell Albrecht Durer
  • Royal & Langnickel
  • Prima Marketing
  • Crayola
  • US Art Supply
  • Arteza

Watercolor Markers

  • Windsor & Newton
  • Akashiya Sai
  • Nightscape
  • Arteza
  • Tombow
  • MozArt
  • Kuretake Clean
  • Jane Davenport
  • Ecoline Liquid Markers
  • Sakura Koi
  • Pentel Sign Brush (Fude) markers

Watercolor Inks

(see above: some sumi-e and Japanese watercolors)

  • Derwent Inktense ** (Water-soluble Ink Pencils)
  • Dr. Ph Martin’s Hydrus liquid watercolor
  • Ecoline liquid watercolors
  • Brea Reese (also in waterbrushes)
  • Pentel Arts color brushes

Watercolor blocks, bricks, and sticks

  • Derwent Inktense Blocks
  • Daniel Smith sticks
  • Windsor & Newton watercolor sticks
  • ArtGraf watersoluble graphite blocks

 

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