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Mijello Mission Gold Class Mission Gold Water Color Palette Set, 36 Colors
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- Shake the tube so that the contents mix well before use.
- Excellent Dispersion and Color Uniformity.
- Innovative formula which is no thickening agents.
- Created from the finest pigments available.
- Minimal wet-to-dry shift and excellent light fastness.
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Innovative in their formulation, Mission Gold are the first watercolors ever manufactured that are free of silicone dioxide. This thickening agent inhibits transparency as it encapsulates pigments and creates a granular effect on paper. Mission Gold Watercolors are free of this agent, naturally viscous and unsurpassed for their clarity and luminosity. Created from only the finest pigments available, these colors are matured in traditional Korean pots until they achieve maximum brilliance. The result is pure, intense color that is lightfast with minimal color shift. The absence of a thickening agent also means that the concentrated colors disperse beautifully, even on a dry palette and paints left to dry for months are easily lifted. When mixed with a little Titanium White, Mission Gold can replace gouache making it ideal for design work. Set of thirty-six (36) colors including:W521 Lemon Yellow, W522 Permanent Yellow Light, W523 Permanent Yellow Deep, W518 Yellow Orange, W517 Orange, W516 Vermilion, W511 Permanent Red, W512 Permanent Rose, W513 Rose Madder, W514 Crimson Lake, W551 Opera, W561 Yellow Ochre NO.1, W562 Light Red, W563 Raw Umber, W564 Burnt Sienna, W565 Red Brown, W566 Vandyke Brown, W567 Sepia, W531Greenish Yellow, W532 Yellow Green, W534 Sap Green, W536 Viridian, W533 Olive Green, W535 Hooker's Green, W537 Vandyke Green, W541 Cerulean Blue, W543 Peacock Blue, W542 Cobalt Blue NO.1, W544 Prussian Blue, W546 Indigo, W547 Mijello Blue, W545 Ultramarine Deep, W553 Permanent Violet, W552 Red Violet, W502 Ivory Black, W501 Chinese White. Set comes packed in a Watercolor Palette that features two large wells, each surrounded by 18 angled wells. Palette measures 14.375" x 6" x 1.125".
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Now, onto the actual paints! These are bright. I've heard many people say they are vivid, but man, they are VIVID. Opera pink is practically a neon pink highlighter, and some others are so bright that you can actually overlay them on darks and have them pop still. What you get out of one stroke of paint, is the equivalent of several layers of another brand, so these are definitely not for those who like muted or light earthy colours. Most of them stain, because of the underlying dyes in them, and you can see in most of my swatches I tried to lift parts, to reveal which color was the weaker undertone. Ultramarine is the only granulating colour on my end, and I think there is a very nice selection of colours. I really enjoy reds, so I was kinda sad to not have a huge selection of warmer reds; just two reddish oranges (vermillion and orange yellow), and the rest were all pinkish reds. However, I loved the huge selection of browns and greens.
The actual palette is huge, much bigger than I expected. It came in korean packaging, with a korean pamplet inside, so I honestly couldn't read anything about the paints. But it's fine. Anyway, the paints come in 7 ml tubes. They are slightly smaller than the 7.5 ml Grumbacher tubes, but definitely bigger than the 5ml Holbein tubes. In the second photo you can see a 15ml Daniel smith tube on top, as comparison. I filled all of the wells in the palette, and the tubes look like they hardly have a dent in them! Some colours immediately settled in their wells; others needed a bit of help from a wet brush to pat down. I also like that the tubes have their own boxes, so I can store them elsewhere away from the wet paints, leaving the giant well for me. My only gripe is that the plastic does not mix paint well; paint will just sit there and puddle up into tight beads, so it's impossible to spread colour out. I kinda wish I had tested for this earlier; I would have scrubbed the lid and palette with a sponge to add some texture in there. I haven't experienced any staining, even with these colours being staining, so that's a plus on the palette.
So all in all, I think these are a great set of paints. Lots of colours to pick from, which reduces mixing time, and it doesn't take much to release a huge explosion of colour. I included a quick painting I did to test these out; and I love how quickly I was able to do it, because the colours didn't need extra layering to remain bright. I was also able to overlay the bright yellow green over the darker green and have it show up. I am very happy with this investment, and I do see myself using these instead of the other brands (and I've tried most of them all by now), especially when I plan on working with bright colours and don't want to eat up my other palettes. So, if you're open about nontraditional watercolours, give these a try for sure!
I spent a lot of time swatching out the colors, arranging them in my palette and finally comparing them to their counterparts in my beloved existing palette, made up of primarily Daniel Smith watercolors (see attached photo).
Here are my thoughts: the colors are extremely vibrant and many of the direct comparisons between pigments (i.e. PY3 "hansa yellow light" in Daniel Smith to PY3 "permanent yellow light" in Mijello) favor the Mijello colors. The yellows seem brighter and clearer, and the blues seem more intense and crisp.
However, watercolorist and hobbiests alike should both be aware of the fact that Mijello's color names do not always match up with their traditional counterparts when it comes to the common name vs the pigment. The most glaring in this set is that PB 15:3 which is phthalo blue to every other manufacturer is called cerulean in this line, which wouldn't be a problem if it was something generic like "ocean blue" except that cerulean is another pigment color in watercolors (not included in this set).
Another oddity is that burnt sienna and burnt umber, traditionally made from PBr7, are each made up of three different pigments, and in fact Mijello's burnt sienna doesn't even contain PBr7 in its formula. Also, Mijello's "sap green" is nothing like the sap greens from other lines as well, but their "olive green" is a closer match. There are other discrepancies that can be found on my attached picture as well.
All in all, these are beautiful colors that remoisten very well and are luscious and fun to paint with, but there are some puzzling choices when it comes to the names and formulas making it difficult to know what to expect when mixing colors and the like. I reccomend them just be aware of the differences between these and traditional watercolor formulas.