It is hard for me to resist a new-to-me brand of quality watercolors (or crap ones, even, as far as that goes!) so when I started seeing artists I follow (particularly Dr. Oto Kano on youtube) trying them out, then saw how affordable they are through Jackson’s Art (this is the US link) , I felt I NEEEEEEDED a few. And I’m glad I did. Prices currently range from under $3 to just over $5 for a full pan, a really nice deal, for artist quality watercolors. (They paint beautifully, so far, and have quite a few single pigment colors, (117 out of 140 colors are single pigment), with mostly excellent and good lightfast ratings)
(edited: if you go through Dr Oto Kano’s link to Jackson’s site, it will help her out a little!)
I ordered a set of 5, and 7 other colors I thought I may enjoy. The “starter set of five” each came individually wrapped, in a box, but without labels. It cost me $13.14. The individual colors have a watercolor paper wrapped around them with color name, pigment information, and a painted stripe of color, which is nice for seeing the actual color. I used a tint tip sharpie to write all paint info on each pan. If you know me at all, you know choosing TWELVE out of ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY was massively difficult for me, and writing this post is only making me want more More, MORE.
The colors I ordered:
Buff Titanium PW6:1
Lemon Yellow PY61
Flesh Tint PW4, PY42, PR 264
Aquarius Red PR 214
Quinacridone Red PV19
Mineral Violet PB 29, PV19
Ultramarine Light PB29
Cobalt Coelin Blue PB35
Ocean Blue PBr 24, PB15:3
Aquarius Green PY150, PBr25, PB29
Quinacridone Gold PY150, PO 48
Caput Mortuum PR 102 (always one of my favorites!!)
Please ignore the Schmincke logo there. I had an awesome Schmincke palette EMPTY, so… filled it with these twelve full pans.
I think I need a brighter blue, and a brighter pink. And I really like sap green, too… I think the ultramarine light is a little TOO light, so may try the French Ultramarine. So… I feel another LITTLE order coming on. At LEAST the pink and blue, for now.
I do love me some granulating colors!
I used my large porcelain palette (which has daniel smith, schmincke, kremer, davinci paints) and the roman szmal together for a little play time…. They all work effectively together. No problems at all!
This one is just roman szmal watercolor:
I like the palette I came up with, but will try replacing the Quin Red with Quin Pink, and Ultramarine Light with French Ultramarine (eventually), plus will be adding a Phthalo Blue. ($2.96 for phthalo blue green shade!! and the phthalo turquoise, PB16, for $4.60, looks lovely, too!) And to be honest, I wouldn’t purchase “Flesh Tint” if I were doing it again. That one may go, to give me room for one of these others.
To sum up… I have limited time painting with them, but so far find them bright and vivid. They rewet nicely and are affordable. They work fine with other brands, too. And you can’t find them (yet) on Amazon. Try Jackson’s Art!
Have you tried this brand? What do you think of them? WILL you try them? Do you have another brand you’d like to see me test, or you just want to recommend because you love it? Let us know!