[caption id="attachment_3642" align="alignright" width="468"]caterpillar bus watercolor painting If you would like to contact the artist, you can reach her at hello@art-by-erin.com[/caption]

One of the most beautiful mediums in the visual arts is watercolor painting. It's aptly named watercolor because of how the paint is made up of pigments that are suspended in a water-based solution.

Typically the paint is applied to paper surfaces, but it works with a number of other supports.

Here at CraftDirect.com, we have a variety of watercolor craft supplies that will help you harness the power of this lovely, yet challenging medium.

The trick with watercolor is that you must apply just the right amount of paint. If you apply too little, your artwork won't be vibrant enough with color. If you over-soak the material, you will compromise the work.

Perfecting this skill can takes a lot of education and practice.

Today we are featuring an artist (erin the great - check her out at art-by-erin.com) who has put many years into developing her talent through this painting medium. She graduated in fine art with a concentration on drawing and painting from the University of Tennessee. She is known for illustrating children's books, as well as her gnome art and watercolor paintings that can be found all over Atlanta. She has even had watercolor artwork featured on Extreme Home Makeover.

billy goat gruff troll - watercolor art

Watercolor Craft Products

You probably don't have time for all that education and practice and you just want to know about the products that can give your projects that watercolor effect. We have a few delightful options for making watercolor crafts easy:

For example, we have the Crafternoon Watercolor Art kit which has 3 stencil designs as well as watercolor paint. The designs include fun phrases and shapes. Check out the hot air balloon.
crafternoon watercolor product packagingShop all our watercolor products here. Presently, we carry two different watercolor tag sets by Heidi Swapp (one is for MINC projects). And for a quick embellishing addition to any project, try the watercolor washi tape collection by We R Memory Keepers.

As always, happy crafting!