|Item Weight||1.14 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||7.9 x 12.8 x 0.7 inches|
|Item model number||MC20/36V|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||MC20/36V|
Kuretake Picture Letter Gansai Tanbi, 36 Color Set (MC20/36V)
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- 36 colors set : Red (No.32), Carmine Red (No.35), Dark Pink (No.34), Wine Red (No.36), Cadmium Red (No.30), Scarlet Red (No.31), Orange (No.33), Light Brown (No.44)
- Brush is not attached
- Water based pigment
- Nontoxic and conforms to ASTM D 4236
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History of Kuretake
Kuretake Co., Ltd. was established in 1902 at Nara in Japan. Since then, by combining our Sumi Ink(Japanese Calligraphy Ink) with our own technological developments, we have achieved recognition as a manufacturer of high quality stationery products. With confidence that we could utilize our unique knowledge of multi-colored pigment inks, we decided to expand into Art & Crafts industry. That is our new action to contribute to people's life and culture by satisfying their new needs for 'Want to create by own hands.'
We strongly believe that our 'hands on' products will continue to satisfy future customer requirements for both Stationery as well as Arts & Crafts industries.
Kuretake and ZIG
Kuretake: The Kuretake brand represents the arts and crafts lifestyle with the use of color and shapes.
The colors 'Black' represents Tradition and 'Yellow and Purple' representing Innovation of brushes, pens and paints to support our customer artistic lifestyle. The shapes of circle, square and triangle represent the creation of arts and crafts.
ZIG: 'ZIG' is the brand name for Kuretake’s pen and marker which has been used and loved by many people.
In the 1970’s, Japan experienced nationwide depression during the post-war recession. People everywhere sought out low priced yet high quality stationery productions, and in this era came the birth of the new 'Kuretake ZIG' Fine liner pen. ZIG comes from the word 'zigzag', a concept based on the fluid, back and forth motion which comes with writing. 'Kuretake ZIG' had an extra-fine 0.3mm tip, as well as a slim body design with high-grade cap and stainless clip which was very original for that time. On top of that, 'Kuretake ZIG' became the first hit product of Kuretake stationery to spread worldwide.
From the original product name of 'Kuretake ZIG', we decided to establish 'ZIG' as the general brand of Kuretake Pens and Markers. Now, ZIG products are sold in over 80 countries around the world, growing into a global brand.
Characteristics of Gansai Tambi
Gansai Tambi are Eastern Watercolors, available in 48 colors that are based off colors found in nature, and so they are vibrant without being overly saturated. Due to their richness and opaqueness, Gansai are semi-transparent and can be used as a gouache unless mixed heavily with water.
Water-based pigment paint can be highly opaque or transparent depending on the amount of water added. Wide-variety of colors makes it simple to blend colors together to make even more combinations. Replacement Gansai Tambi pans can be purchased individually. Gansai are artist-quality paints that can be used by people at any creative level.
Larger paint pans make it is easy to use ultra-fine, detail brushes, as well as wide-brushes to cover larger space without losing color.
Each pan is hand-poured at our headquarters in Nara, Japan, leaving a smooth, creamy finish without the graininess that some Western Watercolors tend to have.
Paint lifts well with water but can also be layered with proper technique and paper and dries with a slight shiny finish.
Gansai are traditional Japanese paints that were used for a specific painting style called Etegami. Etegami translates to ‘image/picture letter’, and so is like a handmade postcard. People would use Gansai paints to sketch and illustrate simplified objects, relinquishing the control that formal artists had used up until that point, to create beautiful and colorful postcards with messages that expressed something more spontaneous and personal.
The vibrancy of our Gansai Tambi watercolors is meant to convey that same idea; that art and painting do not have to be done by masters using a technique, but can also be fun, bright, and intimate.
Picture letter - some people good at drawing pictures, even those who do not, can start willingly. Birthday of family, wedding of friends, anniversary of lovers etc. - if you send a hearty picture letter, it Wii be surely a good memorial. With this set, you can represent colors that match various scenes. Colors are vivid, meriting fast, coloring are beautiful, so it suitable for coloriage, too. The non-toxic, water-based paints are lightfast and ideal for sketching, illustrations, sumi-e, cards, and more! Each watercolor block comes in individual tray that can be removed from the palette during use.
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The pans have the color name and number as do the dividers, but the box and colors are labeled in Japanese. There is no english color name in the box, but a quick google search will show you the color names easily from any of the reviews from other buyers that purchase from a different vendor/store or site whose set came with an actual english written color chart. The lid has a color chart in Japanese, but it is just common sense to realize it and fill it with the colors since each provided box has the color number that matches the divider number and the number in the bottom of the pans!! The pans are separated by cardboard dividers that are part of the bottom of the box so it minimizes cross contamination of colors. However the pans are loose and if you tip over or drop the box they will fly out of it; nothing that can't be fix with a glue dot or magnet strips (like some other sets have). Also, I have notice in other reviews from other vendors/stores or sites that some of these sets come shrink wrapped and even some even have the paints shrink wrapped; mine were not. In fact the whole set came in a plastic bag (the kind that has removable adhesive in the end flap and the flap is folded to the back. However my paints came intact and without a problem. Delivery was fast and the item even arrived ahead of schedule.
One thing to consider when purchasing this set is that Japanese watercolors are slightly different from most Western European watercolors. Some of the colors are slightly opaque (most of these you can see on the palette photos, if a color is a pale shade in the pan then it's going to be pretty opaque), while others have amazing transparency. I watched an excellent review that explained the differences between the two in style and consistency. To summarize that review, this style of watercolors is not intended for extensive mixing. They are more transparent than gouache, but less transparent than most watercolors available in the US. Many of the colors are already a mix of pigments, so mixing more than two could give you muddy colors. Finally, most watercolors in this style are said to use animal glues rather than gum arabic, so this may not be the best set for vegans or others who avoid animal products (I have yet to confirm that this is the case with Kuretake).
I believe this set was originally targeted towards crafters in Japan, rather than serious artists. This is largely the reason why I put off purchasing this set until now. I've tried some other relatively inexpensive watercolors (Sakura Koi) that were quite chalky and unpleasant under my brush. These colors aren't chalky at all and are possibly more pigmented than all of the other pan watercolors I've used. They can dry a touch glossy if you put it on really thick, but I don't notice any glossiness in my artwork. There is an excellent selection of colors, and the gold and silver (well, pearl white) could be very useful without buying a special metallic set.
The colors flow relatively well on the page, perhaps not as much as paints right out of a tube, but well enough that they work well for all of the techniques I've tried. They will bloom if you use too much water, just like every watercolor brand, and as a fan of blooms, they do so beautifully. Don't let the cardboard box and low price point dissuade you from purchasing this set. If I could do it over again I would have purchased this rather than the expensive W&N Cotman palette I started with. The wells are not full to the brim (which makes them easier to work with) but they still hold a massive amount of paint, greater than a standard full pan I would estimate.
Top international reviews
Might not be for everyone though.
If you put a lot of paint down, there will a sheen to it.
The areas with more paint dry faster which means that it might dry unevenly sometimes, which can look cool but might not be for the control freak.
Reactivates pretty well, doesn't stain much, might be hard to layer for some, but I have had good success.
They are semi opaque, which means that if you mix too many colours they might get 'muddy'. The colours in their pure form are very saturated.
I would like warn you though that there are 4 colours that are not lightfast. 66 + 67 blues are pretty bad, 57 turquoise turns greenish and the 34 pink fades a little . The other 32 colours stable. You will have all the colours you need though, there are 3 other blues, one is slightly turquoise. 3 other variants of red/pink. I wish I could list a source of this information, but apparently I am not allowed to.
The colours are all gorgeous. However, I would advise that you make use of the blank paint chart provided and make swatches of all the colours as many of them look much darker/completely different in the pans to what they look like when applied to paper. There are a beautiful variety of colours - the only gap seems to be any shade of pastelly pink. There is a reddish-pink but in order to get the cherry-blossom variety of pink, some experimentation with colour mixing is required. The colours are very pigmented and a little goes a long way! This took me a little while to get used to as my previous watercolour pans were nowhere near as pigmented.
As for the three metallic paints, I LOVE the gold and silver (particularly the silver!). They are pretty opaque and mostly only require one or two coats to get the desired finish. The bronze I don't like quite so much - it seems to have a rather dull shine and seems a little watery. To be fair, bronze is a bit of a meh metallic for me compared to gold and silver and I don't use it nearly as much so I don't really mind.
Overall they're a lovely set of paints. Don't buy with the intention of using it as a travel set unless you're wanting to lug this baby everywhere you go (it's a bit bigger than A4 size so won't be going on the plane with me anytime soon). However, would 100% recommend for those who, like me, are looking for good-quality watercolours without breaking the bank.
The pan size is large, wish they were filled a bit more though. They are very nicely presented in a heavy duty cardboard box but it's a big box, not a good size for taking out and about. Inside the lid is the usual numbered box colour chart so you can apply sample colours. Mine is all in Japanese so I've used the sample wash boxes so I can compare names to w&n colours. A quick google brings up the English colour names
Lovely paints that would make a fantastic gift to a friend or for yourself.
You can get them quite thick, almost lacquered like a gouache, where when the paint dries it actually has a sheen to it which is handy for getting in details on your final layers.
The only downside is because the pigment is so strong you might mix very strong colours by accident, but as you can see I still gave this 5 stars, so it's not a big deal.
These are quite a unique watercolour to work with, and at the price on Amazon, they are an absolute must buy.
After I started using Kuretake every other paint I have seems like a children's paint.
The pans are very big so after I've been using them almost daily for couple of weeks now they still look almost like new.
They are very transparent and dry out with visible edge of the colour which is something I really like about watercolours.
This particular set is the biggest one available and it comes with 3 shimmery colours: white gold, bluish gold and gold.
They work best on good quality watercolour paper.
If you are wondering what the box is made of, it is cardboard but the pans are fully removable.
I usually use only couple of colours with each project so choose the pans I need and mix paints on the palette.
within my budget as it turned out I am feeling quite deflated by my purchase
No tuve problemas con el envío desde que recibieron mi pago al otro día el producto fue enviado desde Japón, me dieron numero guía que me sirvio tanto en el servicio postal japones como el mexicano. Obviamente al venir desde un lugar lejos se tardo un poco pero aún así llego casi 3 semanas antes de la fecha esperada por Amazon. Adjunto fotos sobre el producto, las pequeñas grietas y una imagen comparativa con una hoja tamaño carta para darse una idea sobre el tamaño del estuche.
Recomiendo al vendedor y el producto al 100%. Quede muy satisfecha con esta compra.
Dopo aver valutato diverse recensioni ho voluto acquistare questo set da 36 colori definiti "Traditional Japanese Watercolors",
perché diversi dagli altri, comunque ben giudicati dagli esperti, e ad un prezzo davvero accessibile.
Quindi adatti anche a chi vuole sperimentare senza avere grossa esperienza.
Sono dei panetti molto grandi rispetto alle misure standard, ma non sono riempiti fino all'orlo. Le quantità sono comunque generosissime.
Soprattutto se si considera che sono colori molto pigmentati, che se usati poco diluiti danno quasi un effetto tempera.
Su ogni panetto è riportato solo un numero ed un nome in giapponese. Ma la confezione (che è tra l'altro bellissima ed elegante, anche per fare un regalo) include un foglietto con i nomi in inglese e i relativi codici. Il colore come appare nel panetto non è per nulla indicativo, per cui è sempre bene fare delle prove su carta di ogni colore per valutarne la reale pigmentazione. Sono colori bellissimi e inusuali. Vi sono anche tre tinte perlate (argento, oro giallo e oro rosso) davvero particolari.
SERIOUSLY, pigmented, easy to use, creamy, very little needed to get good colour in water and also don't need activated... Four times the size of the average European half pans too. Huge! Very much worth the money, especially considering I've bought other euro sets at this price and been disappointed. You'll love them.