Video: Watercolor Comparison + Peerless Watercolor Giveaway!

Hello! I wanted to do a video sharing a comparison of three watercolors I have been using lately – Peerless Watercolor, the Hero Arts Watercolor Wheel and the Koi Sketch Box. There are many great things about all three of these.

In this video, I compare three watercolors I use often – Peerless Watercolor, the Hero Arts Watercolor Wheel and the Koi Sketch Box. I really think the best way to compare watercolor mediums is to put them to use. The video shows how they work for watercolor backgrounds, but it also gives you an idea of how they would react for all watercolor techniques. The Peerless is very unique and I enjoy it, but it may not be for everyone. The other two options are more traditional.

Now there are many other great watercolor mediums out there – Distress Inks, Inktense Pencils, Twinkling H2Os, Distress Markers, etc. But for this video I shared my three favorites for basic watercoloring. Over in the Watercolor for Card Makers Online Card Class (which starts today but you can join in anytime for lifetime access!), we will be showcasing these and many, many more.

Oh, and I use a cutting board to watercolor on since I can tape my paper flat and then tilt it, too.

I couldn’t let these yummy watercolor pieces go to waste, so I used my new Paper Smooches Pocket dies to cut a bunch of flowers. And talk about colorful flowers! (You can see all of the newest Paper Smooches products HERE.)

I created two cards with the pieces, adding them to backgrounds embossed with new Tim Holtz embossing folders. (These are so very awesome. I adore the small patterns.)

I also used a “congratulations” die cut and highlights with a white pen. (These were inspired by the lovely Kathy Racoosin.)

By the way, who said you couldn’t use Paper Smooches and Tim Holtz on the same card? I love mixing product styles.

As I mentioned, the Watercolor for Card Makers Online Card Class starts today, 5/5/14 but you can join anytime for lifetime access. There are over 35 videos and some amazing guest artists. You can use any watercolor mediums you have (even inks and water) and MANY more techniques will be covered there than we cover on our blogs. Click HERE for more info.



Interested in trying the fun Peerless Watercolor? I have a Peerless Watercolor 2×2 Bonus Pack for a lucky winner. Leave a comment here by 11:59pmEST on 5/12/14 for your chance to win.

(By the way, the winner of the $50 Simon Says Stamp gift certificate isย Kelly Flaherty. I emailed you!)


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603 thoughts on “Video: Watercolor Comparison + Peerless Watercolor Giveaway!”

  1. I’ve heard about Peerless Watercolors before but never had a chance to try them. The “watercolor wheel” by Koh-i-noor is produced in my country (not sure if it’s the same one HeroArts offer) – every child had it at school when I was young. I must admit, I hated them… they are not very ergonomic… They still sell here and I might give them a second chance (as they are very cheap too).

  2. So many products out there to choose from it really gets confusing! Thanks for the video.

  3. WOW! This is just lovely….thank you Jennifer for the comparison. I definitely want to try them now. ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I have never heard of the Peerless water colors before … thanks for sharing product tips and as always, INSPIRATION! Your creations are always stunning ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great day!

  5. I always admire a nice watercolor because my watercolor work never seems quite right. I keep trying different products but am pretty sure it’s just me. I suspect I’m too controlling and precise, usually good traits but maybe not with watercolor. Thanks for the video.

  6. Thanks for the great video! It’s so nice to learn about the difference between different brands of watercolors from someone who has used them. I would love to try the Peerless watercolors. Like you, I like that defined edge and also like the intensity of the colors. Because they blend so well, they also seem like a good place to start for someone just learning how to water color. By the way, I am enjoying the class and learning lots! Thanks for a chance to win!

  7. Great video. Very helpful. I like the peerless paints as well. They blend well and have great color

  8. I usually use watercolor crayons, but the peerless looks intriguing. Thanks for the chance to win.

  9. Beautiful watercoloring Jennifer and I’d love to try this product. Thanks for the chance to win.

  10. The Peerless definitely have more vibrancy and I do like the way they dry with the darker edge. Hopefully I’ll get to try them one of these days! I’m really enjoying the Watercolor for Cardmakers Class, too!

  11. Thanks for making this video/blog post. I was just thinking about which watercolors to purchase. I had never heard of Peerless – sooo cool!

    QUESTION: Are the lessons/episodes in the class different from those you and Kristina have on sharing on Youtube?

    ~ Shelley

  12. Thank you for the great comparison. I am always looking for new products and watercoloring is a wonderful way to create backgrounds. Thanks for the chance to win Peerless watercolors.

  13. Informative video on watercolors. I haven’t done much with watercolors but I love the look. The three that you compared today are ones that I was not familiar with. Thanks for sharing.

  14. Love seeing the difference – I have several different watercolor a but now my eyes are definitely in the peerless. Thanks for a chance, would love to have those.

  15. I love the paper smooches and Tim Holtz together and love the papers you rescued and gave another life. That is something I need to do. Thanks for sharing!

  16. I love your comparison video! Looks like I need some Peerless watercolor papers. I love how smooth they look and how nicely they blended.

  17. Thanks for the video comparing the different watercolors. I will have to try the Peerless watercolor papers. They look interesting!

  18. I would LOVE to try the Peerless- I have heard so much about them! I use liquid watercolors so it would be interesting to try the Peerless to compare.

  19. Oooh, the Peerless watercolors look fabulous. Looks like I just might have to take your course to learn how to use them!

  20. I’m glad to see you talk about the Peerless Watercolors because I saw these used on the Studio Calico blog & had never seen such a thing! What a cool way to store color! I’d love to try some!

  21. I didn’t even know they made water colors embedded into paper, I just saw that on Kathy Racoosin’s blog yesterday or the day before. How interesting, it is. I love the saturation of color they gave you and that dark line too! I’m going to say, “real” water color painting has that, you know what I mean. LOL I like the idea of the HA wc’s in the stackable pieces and the Koi set looks nice too. I have an old artist’s wc set of tubes, from when my son was in HS and have never used them. Same with wc pencils. I started wc’ing my stamps with Marvy markers scribbled onto a flat surface to pu there, and quickly moved onto SU’s dye based re-inkers in a TimH artist’s tray, I love how they live forever there. I also love using my Crayola washable markers with my aqua painter too. I’m dying to do some “real” water color and have a recent tutorial on my blog for April’s name tags and I’ve tried it with some of my larger floral stamps. I need to take a wc class somewhere and toss my fears. LOL Thanks for sharing all of your wonderful information.

  22. I would love to try the peerless watercolors. You might try watercolors from a tube sometime. You can get intense colors with them, since you don’t have to add as much water. I liked the fun card you made with your watercolor pieces.

  23. I just love all of your tutorials, I have been a big fan for a long time. I do love the way the Peerless watercolors blend, but I have to say I have never heard of watercolor medium infused into paper like this, fascinating. Again love all of your videos & thanks for sharing your talents.

  24. What a fantastic video. Thanks for showing the different watercolor options. I’m going to look into the card making class!

  25. I’d love to try the peerless water colors. I love, love, love your videos – and learn something new in each one. Wish I had just a fraction of your talent – you are amazing!

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