Watercolor is a paint material as well as a painting or design executed with this type of paint material. In the production of watercolors, pigments and a water-soluble adhesive (usually gum arabic) are used. Watercolors are applied with a brush on paper, cardboard, papyrus, etc. In this respect it differs from many coating dyes in that light shades are obtained by diluting the pigment rather than by adding white.
Many artists, such as Van Dyke, Albrecht Dürer, William Turner, and others, have used watercolors to create their work or to design. Watercolors are available in different types of tubes and tablets.