Studio Materials I Use-QoR Watercolor

Studio Materials I Use-QoR Watercolor

I began my painting life as a watercolor painter nearly 30 years ago. Most of my work today is acrylic on canvas, but I still paint with watercolor and enjoy doing so. Over many years of painting with watercolor, I have used all the major brands of professional grade watercolor paint, and without question the best I have used is QoR Watercolor (pronounced “Core”).

QoR Watercolor is part of the GOLDEN family of paints, including GOLDEN Acrylics and Williamsburg Oils. GOLDEN has a history of making the best quality paint on the market, and QoR continues that tradition.

I love the vibrancy of color that QoR Watercolor has. Once the color dries, it doesn’t fade like other brands. It is just as brilliant when it dries as it is when you put the color on the surface. The general rule in watercolor is it dries 20-30% lighter - not QoR.

Part of the vibrancy of color comes from the high grade of pigments used in the paint - the same pigment used in the production of GOLDEN Acrylic paint. The intensity of color is also because QoR uses a different binder than other manufacturers. Other watercolor paint manufacturers use Gum Arabic as a binder - there is at least one company that uses honey! Gum Arabic (and of course, honey) have a yellowish hue. That hue imparts a yellowish hue to the paint pigment as well. QoR however, uses a modern binder called Aquazol which is completely transparent, imparting no color to the pigment. This clarity of pigment is very important because Gum Arabic, after many years, can begin to yellow watercolor pigments and even make them flake off the substrate. Aquazol, by contrast, doesn’t yellow and doesn’t cause paint to flake.

If you are a watercolor painter and haven’t yet tried QoR Watercolor, I highly recommend you do so to see the difference yourself. I think you’ll be amazed, just as I was when I first used the paint.

You can find out more about QoR Watercolor on their website:

If you'd like to learn about abstract painting, then please join me for a painting workshop: (You can view a list of 2019 workshops HERE)

  • January 10-12, 2019 Arts Alliance of Lee County, Fort Myers, FL. For information and registration Click Here.

  • January 25-27, 2019 Daytona Art League, Daytona Beach, FL. SOLD OUT-Waiting List

  • February 6-8, 2019 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. For information and registration Click Here.

  • February 15, 2019 David M. Kessler Fine Art Studio, Winston-Salem, NC. This 1-day workshop is on Acrylic Monoprinting - all supplies included - just bring yourself! For information and registration Click Here.

  • March 5-8 Cultural Arts Alliance, Santa Rosa Beach, FL. For information and registration contact Bonnie Loman. Email:

  • March 27-29, 2019 Amarillo Art Institute, Amarillo, TX. For information and registration contact Rachel Flores, Email:

As always, thanks so much for your support!


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