5 Fun Ways To Use Peerless Watercolors

Welcome to the world of Peerless Watercolors!

 You're about to embark on an adventure filled with surprising colors, bold strokes, and endless creativity. 

It’s a place where anything can happen - even if it's not what you expected or planned for your artwork at all. Sometimes those “mistakes” turn out better than you could have imagined!

I know that our paints are a bit on the weird side of things but that's what makes them so fun!


They are quite a bit different than traditional forms of watercolors, and if pans and tubes are what you’re used to then you may look at our paints and wonder where to start!. 

Here are 5 easy and fun ways to use Nicholson’s Peerless Transparent Watercolors!


1) Right from the Sheet (Mixing too) 

The easiest and most straightforward way to use our paints is directly from the DryColor sheet themselves. 

The first part of that process that we need to go over is how to identify which side of the sheet holds the paint!

We paint one side of our DryColor Sheets with a light wash of the final color - this wash is just an approximation of the color but it helps you identify which color you are using. The paint-containing side of the sheet is so concentrated that it can be hard to tell what color you are using.

The wash side also allows us to stamp the name of the color on it since it is much lighter than the other side.

But the wash side, the side with the name, is NOT the side that we want to paint from.

The flip side of the DryColor sheet is where all the fun is!

A few more clues that you’ve got the right side, the side with the paint are:

  • It will have a matte, dusty finish
  • It will sometimes have crystalline patterns running across it
  • It will be much more textured - it won’t have the texture of normal paper

Now that we have that out of the way, we can move on to painting!

It’s as simple as flipping the DryColor sheet to the paint side, wetting a brush, and touching it to the paint. Just like that, you are all set to start painting!

You can even mix colors directly on the sheet if you’d like. If you think that the color you’re using needs a bit of a different color just lift some of the desired color with a wet brush, pick out a section of your DryColor sheet to mix, and mix away!

As I said before, our paints are super saturated so although this technique is simple, fun, fast, and easy you will be getting the full power of Peerless watercolors in every stroke! 

If you want ultra vibrant pieces then this method will definitely get you there!


2) Clip Off a Piece

For this method, all you will need is an external mixing surface (palette, some packing tape, a ceramic plate, or a cup) - something that can hold a bit of water.

Then take your DryColor sheet and snip off a small piece with a scissors and submerge it in a bit of water on the mixing surface of your choice!

I always say start small here - our paints are very saturated so you can always add more if needed.

When the piece of DryColor sheet hits the water it will instantly activate and release all of the paint contained on the piece of DryColor sheet and you’ll have a puddle of color you can use to paint.

You can also mix paints like this quite easily by snipping off pieces of other DryColor sheets and mixing them together like a mad scientist!

I find that using our paints this way gives you a little more control over the saturation of colors and helps bring out some of the delicate nuances of our paints.

This is a great technique to use if you want a more subtle or muted color to paint with - it also helps your paints last much longer.


3) Magic Salt

This technique was thought up by the incredibly talented Buffy Kaufman who is an internationally celebrated watercolor artist. She specializes in a technique called “Watercolor Pouring” that is just stunning!

The Magic salt technique is a fun way to bomb your painting with burst of color and amazing texture.

It does take some prep…

You’ll want to head to your favorite grocery store and find a medium sized sea salt.

Then run home, put some in a bowl, and mix it with some liquid Peerless Watercolors. You can do this by either buying our Liquid watercolors directly or you can use the method above to make your own. Simply cut off a bigger piece from your DryColor sheet and mix it with more water.

How much watercolor to mix in is something that you’ll need to experiment with.

As you mix in the paint, some of the salt will start to dissolve and that’s ok - you want to add enough color that it starts to look like wet concrete but not so much that you just get some colorful salt water.

Once it’s all mixed, put it on a baking sheet and bake it for a few minutes to dehydrate it back to its salty crystal form.

Then to use it all you do is sprinkle some of it on to your wet paintings and it will simultaneously draw up and gather color from the page and release the color you loaded into it back into your painting.

Once it dries completely, you can brush the salt from your painting to fully reveal the magic it left behind.

The colors you get when using this technique are insane and the texture it leaves behind is somewhere between fireworks and lightning strikes!


4) Splash and Dab method

This method is another great one for the artist that really knows what tones they want in their colors and is not afraid to do the work to get there.

The Splash and Dab method is a simple and effective way to dial in your color to the exact shade you are looking for.

All you have to do is take a wet brush, lift some paint from your DryColor sheet, and add it bit by bit to a mixing well filled with a little bit of water.

If you don’t have a mixing palette at your disposal that’s completely alright. 

There have been plenty of times on vacation or down at coffee shops that I have used ceramic plates, bowls, or even the inside of a spoon to mix my colors.

Just place a little bit of water there and when your brush loaded with Peerless Watercolors hits it all of that paint will release and leave you with a stunning, colorful puddle of water.

From there you can add more of the same color or start adding in other colors and shades until you have the exact and tone of color you were looking for.


5) Tinting Spray

This technique is yet another technique from the wonderful mind of Buffy Kaufman.

Tinting Spray and Magic Salt are just two great examples of what you can create when you approach something from a place of creativity, having fun, and experimenting.

It's exactly what Peerless Watercolors stands for - I mean, our founder was a quirky chemist! This is built into our DNA as a company.

But on to the technique…

You’ll need a tiny or huge misting spray bottle. Just a bottle with a misting nozzle - I’ve seen people reuse old bug spray bottles instead of buying new ones.

Simply mix a bit of your Liquid Peerless paints with water and add to your mister.

If you don’t have our Liquid Watercolors at hand you can actually just clip off a piece of your DryColor sheet, plop it in the mister, add some water and you are good to go. 

(How much water you add is up to you. Want a stronger effect - add less water or more paint.)

Then, when your painting has dried, you can mist it with this paint to add a hue to the entire piece.

I like to think of it as adding Instagram filters in real life!



All of these techniques are just guidelines. It’s important to remember that there are no rules when it comes to this stuff. If you wanted to you could go boil some eggs, mix up the yokes with a nice mayo, then add in your favorite Peerless Watercolor and paint with it!

The and result really doesn’t even matter all that much - all that matters is did you have fun while doing it?

Don’t let self judgment and the fear of what others will think stop you from fully expressing your creativity - get out there and paint something!


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