Why Hushwing

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As an artist, materials are what allow you to bring your vision to life; the medium acts as a language for your art. Your ideas deserve to be communicated with care and elegance. Here at Hushwing watercolors, we strive to offer you a tool which will breathe life into your unique concepts. Our handcrafted watercolor paints are made with the same precision and artistry you put into your work. 

Hushwing offers a unique approach to the production of watercolor paint by returning to a rich history of paint making which highlights the individual qualities of each pigment. The secret to Hushwing watercolors are simple recipes that yield beautiful results. During production, pigment is mulled by hand on a glass slab with a combination of gum arabic and honey. Each pigment has it’s own unique, hand-tailored recipe that has been tested over time to ensure the perfect balance of pigment to binder. Our watercolor pans re-wet to provide a buttery paint packed with pigment to achieve a vibrancy and saturation that is difficult to find in many other paints. 

Today’s modern paints are produced using additives which can be toxic and often take away from the vibrancy of the pigment itself. While these additives such as plasticizer and extender make production easier, they also allow the manufacturer to cut costs by reducing the amount of pigment used. Many paints have less than 10% pigment in their total volume. In addition, these additives can influence how the pigment behaves for the artist. 

Hushwing offers a vibrant alternative through our handmade watercolors, which contain as much as a 50/50 pigment to binder ratio. Quality and ease of use is ensured by combining simple, natural ingredients that perform the same jobs as their less desirable counterparts. Each pan is packed with pigment so that desired values can be achieved and your paint will go that much further. We believe that the individual characteristics of each pigment should be highlighted. When you paint with Hushwing watercolors you can be sure you are creating with a product that has been lovingly crafted and is safe for your studio or home. 

Meet the Founder

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Kirsten Cooner is the paint-maker and artist behind Hushwing watercolors. Kirsten lives and works in Alexandria, Virginia where she is inspired by the surrounding history and culture. In addition to running Hushwing, she is an avid traveler, outdoor enthusiast, and practicing artist. A graduate of George Fox University with a Bachelor of Art in Studio Art and Art History, Kirsten’s work can be found in both private and public collections. 

Hushwing was born of my fascination and love for artist’s tools. Early on in my artistic career I realized the importance of carefully choosing materials, and how those materials profoundly affected the final outcome. Quality materials are not only delightful to work with but also add beauty and value to a work of art. The artists of the Italian Renaissance recognized this concept as well, choosing to honor the Virgin Mary by painting her using only Ultramarine made from the extremely rare stone, Lapis Lazuli. I have been continually inspired by working with rich pigments mulled into paint by my own hands. I am overjoyed to share this experience with you through Hushwing watercolors. I hope to offer you tools that will both serve and inspire, as they have done for me.
From one artist to another,
Kirsten Cooner