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In art, watermedia is the general term for media that are distinguished from oil or other media by being diluted with water when used.[1] Watermedia include watercolors, gouache and acrylic, amongst others. It is sometimes combined with other media, commonly collage.[2]

There are some unusual examples of watermedia being diluted with Coca-Cola, Diet Coke, tequila[3] and sweat instead of water, and painter Johnny O'Brady has "added tea to [his] brush water".[4]

There are a number of Watermedia societies.


  1. ^ In addition to the usual method of dipping the brush into a receptacle or mixing water into the gouache on a palette there is apparently the very unusual method of allowing rainfall to dilute the gouache. John Lincoln. " forums post on "Gouache modified with rainwater"". Retrieved 2008-08-01.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Denise's Watermedia Collage". Archived from the original on 2009-07-25. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
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