Mijello Mission Gold Water Color Set, 24 Colors
- Innovative formula which is free of 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 twenty-four (24) colors inlcuding:W501 Chinese White, W521 Lemon Yellow, W523 Permanent Yellow Deep, W518 Yellow Orange, W151 Permanent Red, W512 Permanent Rose, W513 Rose Madder, W551 Opera, W553 Permanent Violet, W541 Cerulean Blue, W542 Cobalt Blue No.1, W543 Peacock Blue, W545 Ultramarine Deep, W546 Indigo, W536 Viridian, W535 Hookers Green, W534 Sap Green, W561 Yellow Ochre No.1 Transparent, W569 Raw Sienna, W564 Burnt Sienna, W570 Burnt Umber, W565 Red Brown, W566 Vandyke Brown, W502 Ivory Black.
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It is so comparable to Daniel Smith, I figured I’d go through the dot cards and match up both actual pigments and perceived colors. I attached a photo on the 100% cotton 140lb version of Bee Company Paper. Note, some of the odd gradients and backbleeds were me or the paper, however I did notice more trouble with backbleeds on the MM, it remains to be seen how much of that is my inexperience with concentrated pro grade pigments.
Overall, this MM set is leagues ahead of the student paints I’ve tried so these differences I’m mentioning are SUBTLE and you may or may not care depending on your art style. These are the areas I noticed differences:
Rewetting: Both rewet easily and are smooth but DS is “creamier” and has a melt in your mouth feel but on paper...if that makes any sense. Please don’t eat paint. Lol!
Luminousity: overall MM is more luminous, colors more transparent and vibrant. I love this quality in them. There’s one exception...DS Quinacridones are rock stars for luminous, glow-y watercolors, and I thought the MM Quinacridone Rose didn’t quite have the same effect but was luminous and bright in its
Opacity: The MM colors on a whole are more transparent. The are still very clear in their strongest shades. DS almost looked guachey, (is that a word? It’s a word now.) in certain colors like Raw Sienna.
Granulation: none of the MM colors appeared to granulate. DS has a bit of a love affair with granulation. Even some of their colors they label as non-granulating tend to granulate which is frustrating to me even though I like the granulating look. I prefer the MM set as I can more easily predict what the color will do and then I can add various grains of salt or a pigment known to granulate for effects.
Strength of Pigment: MM pigments tend to be stronger, especially in some of their mixed colors. This could be a pro or con depending on how you like to use your colors. Note, I didn’t work from the tube just to be fair since I didn’t have DS tubes. I worked from hardened similar sized small specks of tube paint I needed to rewet from both brands. For example, Rose Madder seems to have a much greater range in the MM. If you like the DS version because it’s deepest version of Rose Madder is a soft, medium, natural shade, you’ll be a little startled with the Crimson you can get out of the MM Rose Madder. If I was to have the same palette from DS the colors would be nearly imperceptibly more muted.
On a whole, I really like the MM colors and on the whole might even prefer it as a base pallet over DS. There are even a few colors in this MM set that I couldn’t find comparable on the DS 200+ color chart and I tend to really like them. Like the MM Peacock Blue is gorgeous, their Sap Green is different but still very useful, raw Sienna and burnt Sienna warmer, glowy-er than any of the DS shades, to name a few.
There’s only one color I’m just not sure about yet in this MM set... Indigo. It’s very pleasant to look at but it doesn’t have that purple leaning blue undertone that I’d expect from Indigo. It was probably most similar to the DS Payne’s Blue Gray but with more... ?green? But not quite “neutral hue” either. So far I’ve been able to use it like a Payne’s Gray but it has a bit more drama. I kind of like it but I’m not sure but it’s not the deep inky blue I would hope for out of Indigo.
Anyways, hope this helps if you are looking to compare this with a more widely used paint.
Note: Someone put a crushed box inside a perfectly in tact shipping envelope and Van Dyke Brown had oozed everywhere leaving only a half tube and lamp black was cracked open at the bottom. I’ll take that up with the seller and hope I can get those two tubes replaced because I was uninterested in returning the whole thing for replacement. I did not consider this in my review of the item but it’s worth noting it may be a bit risky to have paint shipped, especially if it is for a gift.
I bought these paint a while ago simply because I am always exploring for new watercolor paint. and these did not disappoint!
I have a variety of artist paint tubes, Graham, Winsor Newton, Sennelier, Daniel Smith, schmincke, Holbein. Mission Gold are up their in my book in terms of artist quality. While I understand that many watercolorist can be skeptic of new brands, I want to remind that all paints start some where, and you should not just instantly dismiss these just because their still new in the market, give them a genuine chance.
They have intense saturation,and all of the colors blend seamlessly well when it comes to mixing. They bleed wonderfully when working Wet into Wet technique. which is important for flow and creating gradients in watercolor.
They are also a great price, that you cant genuinely beat! If you were to buy this many tube in any other artist brand, you will quickly be spending over 100 easily.
Overall, for experience water colorist, looking to try new paint? Definitely give these a spin. all of there colors mix wonderfully and seamlessly are are vibrant even when creating dark color values, give them a spin!
beginners but looking to invest in great paint with out breaking the bank? Definitely get this. I have been recommending this product to friends who are wanting to dabble into watercolor and have a great selection of color. with out being forced to only buy 2-3 tubes which easily adds up 30 dollars with other brands.
I am already looking forward to investing in the future on getting their Mission Gold Class Pure Pigment Watercolors Set. And see what potential those paints hold. Since single pigment is a big deal in the watercolor world for when it comes to color theory mixing. water colorist are always looking for single color pigment tubes for clean color mixing and color intensity.
I got the 24 piece but if I could do it again I think I'd stretch for the bigger set + palette since it was only about $20 more
For students: I cannot stress how much you will see your technique improve upon upgrading to professional paints, which is exactly what happened for me in buying these. With pro tube paints, you will need to understand pigments and light fastness, as well as transparency. These are a great starting point, and quite frankly the only set I will need for a long time to come. I do use other brands as well, but I always come back to my Mission Golds.
For reference, it is now late March and I have used this product daily since February. I didn't want review until thoroughly familiar with the product.