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Liquid Watercolor Comparisons

Liquid Watercolors Comparison by Sandy Allnock


Liquid Watercolor Comparisons

Watercolors that come in liquid form (not pans or tubes) aren’t new – but there are some new brands in the crafty world lately, and I wanted to show you some side-by-side comparisons. While it may be dissatisfying for some that I don’t have a strong “yes” or “no” on any of them, I do have some advice for you if you’re considering a purchase – scroll down for the rest of the post, as well as watching the video below (or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

Avery Elle Liquid Watercolors

  • 10 colors in 0.5-oz plastic bottles (same ones as many reinker bottles come in)
  • Colors: nice range, a few strong colors, but a lot that are soft – thus no need to water down to get a light color.
  • Great for introductory watercolor for sure – pick out a few colors and try your hand at watercolor.

Hero Arts Liquid Watercolors

  • 8 colors in 0.5-oz glass bottles with droppers
  • Colors: bold range, and includes one brown (can adapt it by adding yellow to make it warmer, etc)
  • Great for mixing a wide range – try making one of THESE color charts , you’ll be impressed.

PhMartin Hydrus Watercolors

I’ve had these for a few years now, and still have LOTS of color left. See set breakdown HERE.

  • 36 colors in 1-oz glass bottles.
  • Colors: wide range, though there are lots of similar colors.
  • Price point is lower than the other two per ounce – just over $8.50 (vs $10 or $12). But – then you then have a full oz of each color. So it’d depend on how much you plan to paint.


Here’s the side by side comparison of the four cards….

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11 thoughts on “Liquid Watercolor Comparisons

  1. Thank you so much Sandy for this video tutorial, it was really useful. As are all the video tutorials you do which compares different products. The only problem I have is that after watching them I want to purchase more resources for my craft stash and my hubby is then not the happy one! LOL :O)

  2. You are such a helpful enabler!

  3. Thank you so much for doing this comparison. Very informative.

  4. Thanks for this video Sandy, great idea to make cards from your comparison samples. I need to remember that for when I tried something out again, most of the time I throw it away.

  5. Thank you Sandy. This was really helpful for me.

  6. Thank you,
    I appreciate the time spent with the comparison.
    I think the cards most clearly showed differences.
    Thank you again!

  7. Thank you so much for doing this video! It really helps to have comparisons in functionality before choosing a particular product. I have been thinking about liquid watercolors for some time and wasn’t sure why one would be different than another.

  8. Very useful! Thank you, Sandy.

  9. Thank you for the video. I have not used any of these and the video helped me learn the differences between them.

  10. What lovely cards made from the comparison samples. I’ll have to try this myself. TFS!

  11. A super fun way to create some quick ‘swatch’ cards, Sandy. I may have to try this with the Spectrum Noir Aqua Tints that I bought in a sale last year but haven’t used yet.

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