Watercolours have always held an ethereal sway over us, but there is a new move towards a bolder expression.
The beauty and uniqueness of watercolor lies within it’s properties, which are not found in any other painting medium. Colours so transparent they visually appear to glow on the paper, while others deposit sediment into the hills and valleys of your paper.
Here are a few examples of how this technique has gained some cool.
The technique’s new edge was recently shown at London Fashion Week’s Spring/Summer 2014 collections: From left Giles, Tsumori Chisato, Celine, Vivienne Westwood
Speaking of Giles Deacon, look at his edgy sketches that inform his strong collections.
Watercolour paints are made from either natural pigments found in the earth; clay, minerals, etc., or from synthetic pigments, which have been finely ground down and then held together with a water-soluble based “gum” binder.
A new paradigm is reached when the swirl of pigments get frozen in space.


A single stroke of colour elevates the daily mug (Menu Norm Double Walled Thermo Cups) into something unique.

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A new appreciation for this technique is found when digital manipulation meets inky pools of colour.


The Bluebellgray Untitled 3 cushion is perfect for commitment phobes. Start slowly and scatter one cushion at a time.


This collection by Emma Hayes relies on the dramatic qualities of paint pigments dissolving on watercolour paper.
Posted by guest blogger Jaco Janse van Rensburg
Jaco is a Cape Town based creative consultant
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