FAQ

You say Kaia Natural Watercolor is vegan, does that mean watercolor usually not vegan? 

Ox gall (derived from cow livers), animal glycerine, honey and animal derived pigments like ivory black, sepia and carmine are frequently used in commercially produced watercolor paint. Manufacturers use different recipes for different product ranges and some are vegan, some are not. More information about animal products in art supplies you can find in this blog.

What is the shelf life of Kaia Natural Watercolor?

When kept dry between painting sessions the paint doesn’t have an end date.

How does the price of Kaia Natural Watercolor compare to that of other brands?

There is a lot of cheap paint on the market, but the quality does not compare to that of Kaia Natural Watercolor. Hobby or study quality paint contains between 10% and 40% pigment, while Kaia Natural Watercolor contains between 85% and 90% pigment. This means that the color is much more intense and that you need much less paint to get the same color strength. Half a pan of commercially produced watercolor paint of professional quality costs between 5.50 and 8.50 euro. A pan of Kaia Natural Watercolor contains twice as much paint and of course it also has the benefits of a natural, non-toxic product that is produced with personal care and attention.

Why do you not sell white paint? 

Traditionally white is not found in watercolor palettes. White in watercolor is traditionally obtained by leaving the white of the paper open. Light colors are obtained by mixing the paint with more water. I plan to extend my color palette in the future and start making white paint as well for those who prefer to use it. Do you want me to keep you posted? Suscribe to my newsletter and you won’t miss a thing! 

Is Kaia Natural Watercolor suitable for people who have an allergie for coloring agents and/or preservatives? 

There's no synthetic colorants, fillers or preservatives in Kaia paint, which should make it safer and several custumers have told me that their skin does not react to Kaia paint the way it reacts to commercial paint. However, I am no an expert on allergies and am not able to guarantee the safety. Caution should always be taken, depending on the nature and severity of the allergy. 

Which watercolor paper do you recommend?

A good quality watercolor paper is important to show off your paint. The higher the weight of the paper, the better, because the lighter the paper, the more it will bulge when it gets wet. Preferably use at least 300 grams paper. Paper made from cotton gives the best results, but is also more expensive and less environmentally friendly than cellulose paper. Which paper is favorite depends on a number of personal preferences. For example, there is very smooth paper (hot-pressed) and there is paper with more texture. Some types of paper are white (such as Fabriano), while some others are more cream-colored.

Watercolor paper is often not vegan (or vegetarian), because gelatin is used in its production. Since gelatin is used in the production process of the paper and is not so much seen as a constituent of the paper, it is generally not mentioned in the ingredients, so reading the package unfortunately does not provide a definitive answer. The following paper types are vegan according to their manufacturers:

  • Canson is vegan. This is not the best quality paper, but it is a relatively inexpensive option.
  • Hahnemühle is vegan (also makes watercolor paper made from bamboo)
  • Fabriano Artistico is vegan and makes watercolor blocks from recycled paper
  • All the watercolor paper of the Daler Rowney brand except Saunders Waterford is vegan.
  • The Dutch company Schut Papier considers sustainability to be of paramount importance and makes a number of tree-free vegan watercolor papers: Terschelling, Serene, Flamboyant and Elegance.

Arches, Winsor & Newton Artists ’, Saunder’s Waterford, Cotman and Noblesse (from Schut Papier) are NOT vegetarian / vegan.

Is Kaia Natural Watercolor suitable for children? 

Yes, Kaia paint is suitable for children. It could be confusing for children though that the paint looks much darker in the pan than when you paint with it, because they aren't used to that in children's paint. One costumer told me the solution she found: she told her daugther it was magic paint that doens't show it's true color until you paint with it!

Why doesn't the paint come in a tin? 

I strive to not just make sustainable paint, but run the whole of my business as sustainably as possible. Metal paint tins are manufactured in China, where I have no sight on both humanitarian and environmental conditions. Also, the coating of conventional metal painting tins makes them non-recyclable. The box that Kaia Natural Watercolor comes in, is made out of sturdy recycled cardboard that can withstand a drop of water. Of course you can transfer them to a tin if you prefer that. Be careful to let the paint dry again before you store it in an airtight tin or container though. I recommend mixing the paint on a white ceramic dinner plate.

Why do some paint colors consist of a mix of pigments? 

The mixing of pigment in order to get an optimal color result has a history that goes back to the 14th century. Cennino Cennini, a well-known painter from that time, already wrote about it in his famous book Il Libro dell'Arte (The Craftman's Handbook), that is still being printed and used. I have decided to stick with this tradition. My aim in composing my color palette was to choose the colors you get most use out of, like the green tones that appear most in nature. In the selection process of these colors I had a lot of input from watercolorists. This resulted in palette of 10 colors that are in harmony with each other; 7 consist of a single pigment and 3 are mixed by pigment recipes that I developed. This way Kaia Natural Watercolor is easy to use for children and beginners, but also very suitable for professional watercolorists.   

What are the shipping costs to my country?

You can find this under 'customer service' at the bottom of the page.

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