The best watercolour paints in 2023

Best watercolour paints: a woman painting flowers with watercolours
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Watercolour is one of the most popular art mediums, resulting in emotive, vibrant artwork provided you're using one of the best watercolour paints.

To help you choose, we’ve considered the value for money, pigments, colour range, reactivation, granulation, and application of as many liquid and solid pan watercolour paints as we could get our hands on. We’ve also considered the varying needs of artists, from value-driven student sets to pricier, more pigmented paints used by professionals.

You might prefer using some of the best watercolour pencils and may want to invest in the best watercolour paper, too. If you want guidance on painting in watercolour, you can get started with our pick of the best watercolour tutorials, or expand your repertoire with these watercolour techniques. Meanwhile, read on to discover the best watercolour paints.

The best watercolour paints

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Josephine Watson
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Josephine Watson (@JosieWatson) is an experienced tech journalist with experience writing on a variety of topics from pop culture to gaming and even the energy industry. She is the Managing Editor of Lifestyle on CreativeBloq's sister site, TechRadar, overseeing the Lifestyle vertical (Cameras, Home and Wellness) and How-To's, where she can be found writing across multiple channels including computing, software, homes and gaming.

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