I received a set of Dr. Martins paints for Christmas. I have been playing with them and a couple things baffle me. They don't react like watercolors. They are opaque. And if you try a wet wash they become muddy. They soak into the paper and dry immediately. You cannot blend them. I am using Strathmore, cold presses, 140.

I would really like some feedback. Is it my paper?

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I never heard of them, but if you figure out how to use them I would like to know.  Most of the time I like the more opaque watercolors anyway unless using them as more of a wash or background for something else...........Maggie

Hi Maggie, I ordered them online from Cheap Joes. They had been pulling at me for awhile. The colors are very bright. Something I have been looking for in watercolors. I hope some one answers who has used them. Here is a picture of them. Or maybe not... I don't see a button to post pictures!

Margaret Hamm (Maggie) said:

I never heard of them, but if you figure out how to use them I would like to know.  Most of the time I like the more opaque watercolors anyway unless using them as more of a wash or background for something else...........Maggie

Hi Judy...

I used Dr Martin's Spectralite Airbrush acrylics a few years ago and they were terrific, but, like a lot of the Dr Martin paints, they need to be handled a little differently.

I have not tried the Dr Martin Hydrus Watercolors, but I found this instruction video... I hope it helps..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpDqa2K0hvI

Cheers - Dallas

These look amazing, but as I feared, expensive. Maybe someday..........Maggie

Maybe I should look at Cheap Joe's.  They are very expensive on the web site.  Of course, if you could manage to get them it looks like they would last a very long time......Maggie

Forgot to say, thanks for the youtube video on these paints.


Maybe I should look at Cheap Joe's.  They are very expensive on the web site.  Of course, if you could manage to get them it looks like they would last a very long time......Maggie

Hi Dallas, I watched the video you found. It was also mentioned on instructions that came with the paints. That was all well and good, except that the wonderful old truck they used in the demo uses different colors than were in the set I bought. So in order to follow her demo I would have to buy more paints! Not the end of the world...I can experiment with any color scheme. I think I will start with something simple to get used to them. I really think the problem may be the paper. Refresh my memory if you would. To make the paper less obsorbant would I go to maybe a 90 lb? Or maybe hot press? What do you think? Thanks again....Judy


Dallas Nyberg said:

Hi Judy...

I used Dr Martin's Spectralite Airbrush acrylics a few years ago and they were terrific, but, like a lot of the Dr Martin paints, they need to be handled a little differently.

I have not tried the Dr Martin Hydrus Watercolors, but I found this instruction video... I hope it helps..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpDqa2K0hvI

Cheers - Dallas

.Hi Maggie, Yes, Cheap Joes is cheaper. After I figure them out and paint something, I will post it and let you know how it went. Thanks, Judy.


Margaret Hamm (Maggie) said:

Forgot to say, thanks for the youtube video on these paints.


Maybe I should look at Cheap Joe's.  They are very expensive on the web site.  Of course, if you could manage to get them it looks like they would last a very long time......Maggie

Hi Judy... Yes, I would try a heavy weight cold pressed paper. There is something else that might help as well....

Try spraying a very light coat of re-workable fixative over the paper first. This should help to retard the absorbancy a bit. Test it out on a small piece of paper first. I've not tried this myself on water colors, although I do use re-workable fixative on some of my acrylic paintings. Try it and see.

Regards - Dallas

Judy Schaffer Firneno said:

Hi Dallas, I watched the video you found. It was also mentioned on instructions that came with the paints. That was all well and good, except that the wonderful old truck they used in the demo uses different colors than were in the set I bought. So in order to follow her demo I would have to buy more paints! Not the end of the world...I can experiment with any color scheme. I think I will start with something simple to get used to them. I really think the problem may be the paper. Refresh my memory if you would. To make the paper less obsorbant would I go to maybe a 90 lb? Or maybe hot press? What do you think? Thanks again....Judy


Dallas Nyberg said:

Hi Judy...

I used Dr Martin's Spectralite Airbrush acrylics a few years ago and they were terrific, but, like a lot of the Dr Martin paints, they need to be handled a little differently.

I have not tried the Dr Martin Hydrus Watercolors, but I found this instruction video... I hope it helps..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpDqa2K0hvI

Cheers - Dallas

From what I can see from the video, the paint requires a very light touch; no need to mix which is nice. I only have the inks in this brand and I didn't find that they worked well with a pen and nib at all. I have not tried the watercolors tho. They are very vibrant, which I love, since I paint in vibrant colors.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with these paints....Maggie

Judy Schaffer Firneno said:

.Hi Maggie, Yes, Cheap Joes is cheaper. After I figure them out and paint something, I will post it and let you know how it went. Thanks, Judy.


Margaret Hamm (Maggie) said:

Forgot to say, thanks for the youtube video on these paints.


Maybe I should look at Cheap Joe's.  They are very expensive on the web site.  Of course, if you could manage to get them it looks like they would last a very long time......Maggie


Thanks Dallas,  I have a wish list started online and I will try this fixative and the heavy weight cold press paper.  I really want to do a painting with there because they are so vibrant.  I just cant get them to react like the video.   Try, try again.
Dallas Nyberg said:

Hi Judy... Yes, I would try a heavy weight cold pressed paper. There is something else that might help as well....

Try spraying a very light coat of re-workable fixative over the paper first. This should help to retard the absorbancy a bit. Test it out on a small piece of paper first. I've not tried this myself on water colors, although I do use re-workable fixative on some of my acrylic paintings. Try it and see.

Regards - Dallas

Judy Schaffer Firneno said:

Hi Dallas, I watched the video you found. It was also mentioned on instructions that came with the paints. That was all well and good, except that the wonderful old truck they used in the demo uses different colors than were in the set I bought. So in order to follow her demo I would have to buy more paints! Not the end of the world...I can experiment with any color scheme. I think I will start with something simple to get used to them. I really think the problem may be the paper. Refresh my memory if you would. To make the paper less obsorbant would I go to maybe a 90 lb? Or maybe hot press? What do you think? Thanks again....Judy


Dallas Nyberg said:

Hi Judy...

I used Dr Martin's Spectralite Airbrush acrylics a few years ago and they were terrific, but, like a lot of the Dr Martin paints, they need to be handled a little differently.

I have not tried the Dr Martin Hydrus Watercolors, but I found this instruction video... I hope it helps..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BpDqa2K0hvI

Cheers - Dallas

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