Do you know what the difference between watercolors and watercolors is? There are watercolors in pans, in tubes and liquid watercolor in bottles. But do you know what they have in common or what the differences are, the differences in usage, the pros and cons of each of them?

No? Don't worry you're not alone and today we'll find out about the differences between watercolor pans, tubes and liquid watercolors!


  • made of pigments, binders, different additives
  • half or full pans
  • set or individually.
  • cream-like form
  • made of pigments, binders, additives
  • different sizes from 5 to 37ml
  • set or individually.
Liquid watercolors
  • made of pigment
  • prediluted in distilled water
  • separate bottles or in a set
  • pipette on the lid for easy distribution

Activating And Mixing

Watercolor pans only require a little bit of water to be activated right in the pan. Then you can load up your brush with paint and either just immediately start painting using the paint on the brush or you can place the paint into a mixing palette to adjust the intensity or to mix the desired color.

Watercolors in tubes are ready to paint, but you need to set up a few colors first. Just squeeze the paint onto a mixing palette and depending on the intensity of the color you are going for, add water to the paint. Mixing palette are usually not included and you have to buy them separately.

With liquid watercolors you can start painting immediately. Using a mixing palette you can adjust the intensity or mix any color you like while keeping the original bottle clean.

In my video below I go more into detail on the differences in the usage of these different watercolors and tell you about the pros and cons of paints in pans, tubes and liquid paint.

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