• The whites are created with opaque white.
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1823 British astronomer Sir John Herschel conceptualizes practical lens design

1948 Plastic contact lenses designed to cover only the eye's

The watercolourist's approach is the opposite.

1887 First  manufactured from glass, and fitted to cover the entire eye
His contemplative landscapes were tremendously influential on dozens of artists during later decades.

The technology of watercolor developments corresponded with the evolution and advancement of the British school of watercolorists.

1971 Introduction of soft contact lenses

In the 1780's, a British company began producing paper made especially for watercolorists which was treated with sizing, or glazing, to prevent washes from sinking into the fibers of the paper.


In essence, instead of building up he leaves out.

In 1768, influential topographers founded the Royal Academy which encouraged watercolorists to carry the medium beyond their own technical achievements.

This watercolor tradition began with topographical drawings that proliferated in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries as Britain began to grow as a world power.

1978 Introduction of GP contact lenses

Over the next 250, years many other artists like Peter Paul Rubens (Flemish, 1577-1640), Anthony van Dyck (Flemish, 1599-1641) and Jean Honore Fragonard (French, 1732-1806) continued to use watercolor as a means of drawing and developing compositions.

With the production of higher quality papers in the late eighteenth century, the first national school of watercolorists emerged in Britain.

The white paper creates the whites.

Albrecht Durer (German, 1471-1528) is traditionally considered the first master of watercolor because his works were full renderings used as preliminary studies for other works.

1986 Overnight wear of GP contact lenses becomes available

The earliest watercolor drawings produced in America were created for factual documentation of the "new world." As early as the 1560's, European explorers carried this visual information back to the "old world".

Otherwise the colours are diluted with water.

However, high-quality paper was not produced in Britain until much later during the eighteenth century.

Since paper was considered a luxury item in these early ages, traditional Western watercolor painting was slow in evolving.

1987 Introduction of disposable soft contact lenses

This method was used primarily to create large wall paintings and murals by such artists as Michelangelo (Italian, 1475-1564) and Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452-1519).