Granulation is the effect of pigment particles settling together on the paper. Handmade watercolors, natural earth pigments, and ultramarines tend to granulate the most. Embrace the unpredictability of watercolor and leave yourself open to surprises: the resulting textures can be lovely!
Granulation increases when working on a rougher paper, such as cold press. We especially love using the effect of granulation to create textures in landscape elements, such as mountain rocks or trees.
If you’re looking to explore granulating pigments, The Grow Untamed Palette is an excellent place to start. A selection of Daniel Smith paints are also available through our shop, including granulating superstars: French Ultramarine, Lunar Earth, and Lunar Black. Grab a big brush, like Rosemary & Co’s R19 Pointed Round, and start splashing paint on paper!