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 is Kelly Flaherty. I emailed you!)


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

  1. Thanks for the great comparison video!! It’s very informational! The Peerless watercolors look like a great product. I would love to try them. I’m taking the online watercolor class and loving it. Thanks!!

  2. I never saw watercolors in paper form before. I would love to try it! Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Thanks for the demo of the Peerless watercolors. Those look amazing and are definitely on my wish list! Mother’s Day perhaps???? 😉

  4. I am taking the watercolor class and enjoying it. I have the one pack of the Peerless papers but would love the small bonus pace to go with it. Thanks for opportunity to win and all your great ideas!

  5. I’ve never been much of a painter, but with all the watercolor goodness out there I might have to give it a try. The Peerless watercolors look quite interesting, and I like that the color is so intense. Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. Thank you for doing a comparison of the 3 favorite watercolors … it gives us a great idea of what each looks like and how easy/difficult they are to use. I love .these kind of videos – that way we can make a choice in what we want to buy or if we can only afford one choice, we understand what each has to offer. Love the idea of using your samples to make die cuts for a card. You are such an inspiration. I have signed up for the watercolor class – can’t wait to view the videos this weekend and learn some more.

  7. I think water colors are beautiful. I am wondering what took them so long to get popular. I think they are always so dreamy looking.

  8. I like the idea behind the Peerless watercolor packs! Thank you for the giveaway! I love your card, great idea to have a white background showcase the fun diecuts. Thank you for sharing.

    Katie B.

  9. Thank you so much for taking the time to make such a detailed comparison. I really love how you used your comparison/practice pieces to make gorgeous cards!

  10. I only got the normal watercolor pencils. The peerless looks fun, the colors seemed melt into each other, really impressive! Thanks for showing us this!

  11. I had no idea watercolours in that format existed! Very cool. I have a cheap little set, wonder what the comparison would look like with mine 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win a set of the Peerless!

  12. Very interesting and informative video–thank you! I had no idea watercolors little sheets like that. I really love the watercolor look and would like to give it a try 🙂

  13. Thanks Jennifer for the review on some of the watercolour products out there. I’ve done stamping to get the watercolour effect but haven’t got brave enough to try anything freehand. Love to win the Peerless giveaway to give it a try!!!

  14. I enjoyed your review of watercolors, thank you! I won’t be able to take the class right now, but I’m planning on doing it later when I have the time to practice and do my homework. Thanks for the chance!

  15. I just watched the online watercolor class. (day 2) I loved the saturated color in the peerless paper stacks. I learned so much from your videos. Can’t wait to try it out. Thanks.

  16. Great cards! I hadn’t heard of Peerless Watercolirs until now. I would to try them. Thanks for the chance to win!

  17. Oh what a great idea to use these fabolous color swayches for flower. You are always so creative. Just love what you share of good ideas and inspiration. Thank you.
    Also thank you for offering a give away… Would LOVE to win. These colors looks gorgeous….
    Hugs from SPAIN

  18. Thank you, Jennifer. This really helped me understand the differences. And–also to appreciate my Peerless!

  19. This is so neat to see the difference! I finally got some Inktense Pencils after you show us how to muse them. I hope to see them used again!

  20. LOVE the techniques you showed in this video with water colors and I would love to win the free peerless water colors! I also hope to sign up for your class!

  21. Thanks for the chance to win this fun thing. I would love to try them out. Cute card. I really do like the white added onto the flowers and leaves. 🙂

  22. I have one of the peerless books but I haven’t used them yet. I suppose if I use them out of the book I will have to seperate the sheets to use as they wil be wet and I wouldn’t want them to stick together while they dry and I will have to let them sit out and dry before I can put them away. Things to consider. So maybe your idea is a good one because they are kept seperate, but do you let them dry before you slide them back in the pocket?

  23. Thanks for the comparison. I really like the intense colors of the Peerless. Thanks for the chance to win!

  24. Your videos are certainly bad for my wallet! The techniques you demonstrate make me want all the supplies you use. Awesome comparison- I hope I win so as not to spend even more money!!!

  25. Thank you, Jennifer, for the watercolor comparison. I had forgotten about the few sheets of Peerless Watercolors I have so now I’m anxious to try them again. As always, your videos are the very best!

  26. Thanks for another review on some interesting products. Would love to be a winner.

  27. Wow! I’ve neve heard yet of Peerless watercolor book! amazing!
    and the colors are so much richer.. interesting! thank you for broadening my horizon :)))

  28. Very pretty and simple! I’m always looking for new ways to watercolor, and I do adore a clean white embossed background!

  29. Thank you for your interesting video, I’m participating in the watercolor class and I’m not very experienced with the diffent types of watercolor but I’m exciting to go on and practice!

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