Paul Rubens Watercolor Paints, 48 Colors Watercolor Set Artist Grade Solid Cakes, Portable with Pink Metal Box Case
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- 🎨 48 Unique Colors: The set provides 48 vibrant colors comes in a wider range of colors to provide you more choices, once you try it, you will find it exceeds your expectations
- 🎨 Artist Grade Quality: Made from extra fine gum arabic based watercolors with unsurpassed purity and OX Grall with good diffusion, these watercolors have good transparency, high lightfastness and high saturation, perfect for mixing and blending
- 🎨 Portable and Reusable: You can paint everywhere with Paul Rubens watercolor paint set: countryside, beach, train, garden, indoors, park, in the city. Each watercolor can be removed or replaced individually, so you can arrange your colors in the way you like
- 🎨 Safe and Fun: ASTMD4236 certified non-toxic, perfect gift for your kids, friends, students and anyone who love painting. According to O8791DIN53387 standard, the BS rating for pigment lightfastness goes from 8 which is absolutely lightfast to lower numbers which are progressively less so.
- 🎨 Satisfaction Guaranteed: Paul Rubens prides itself on the high quality of its products, and customer satisfaction is very important to us, so contact us if you have any issues or are unhappy with the product and we will guarantee a resolution
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Pigment information for the colors in this set:
(Color Name: Pigment – Lightfastness – Opaque/ Half Opaque/ Transparent)
-Titanium White: PW6 - 8 - Opaque
-Naple Yellow Light: PY53 - 8 - Opaque
-Permanent Lemon Yellow: PY3 - 7 - Half Opaque
-Cadmium Yellow Medium: PY35 - 8 - Opaque
-Cadmium Orange Yellow: PO20 - 8 - Opaque
-Permanent Yellow Medium: PY65 - 5 - Opaque
-Transparent Medium Yellow: PY83 PY110 - 6 - Completely Transparent
-Indian Yellow: PY83 - 7 - Completely Transparent
-Nickel Yellow: PY150 - 8 - Completely Transparent
-Permanent Orange Red: PO73 - 7 - Half Opaque
-Cadmium Red Light: PR108 - 8 –Half Opaque
-Chinese Red: PR254 - 8–Half Transparent
-Cadmium Red: PR108 - 8 - Completely Transparent
-Scarlet: PR123 - 7 - Completely Transparent
-Rose Red: PV19, - 8 - Completely Transparent
-Madder Red: PR177 - 6–Half Opaque
-Megenta: PR122 - 7 - Completely Transparent
-Violet: PV19 - 7–Completely Transparent
-Permanent Violet: PV23 - 7 - Completely Transparent
-Royal Purple: PV19, PB29 - 8 - Half Transparent
-Cobalt Blue: PB28 - 8 - Completely Transparent
-France Ultramarine: PB29 - 8 –Completely Transparent
-The Peacock Blue: PB17 - 5 - Completely Transparent
-Sky Blue: PB36 – 8 - Opaque
-Sea Blue: PB15.3 - 7– Opaque
-Prussian Blue: PB27 – 6-Half Transparent
-Payn’s Grey: PB15, PB29, PBK9- 6-Completely Transparent
-Indigo: PV19, PB15, PBK6- 7-Half Opaque
-Turquoise Light: PB36 – 8 – Half Opaque
-Turquoise Deep: PG26- 8-Half Opaque
-Malachit Green: PY101, PB17- 5-Completely Transparent
-Emeral Green Deep: PG7-7-Completely Transparent
-Hooker’s Green Brillight: PG17- 8-Completely Transparent
-Olive Green: PG36, PY12, PR101, PW5 – 6- Half Transparent
-Tree Green: PG36, PY12, PR101, PW5- 8- Completely Transparent
-Permanent Green: PG36, PY3, PY74
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These paints are packaged so professionally. From the box they come in to the wrapping of the paints themselves. Everything is very nicely done. The paints are very creamy and rewet very well. I’ve had other metallic paints before but these beat any of them hands down. So sparky, so shimmery.
Because of the way they are packaged and the sparkle effect, these would make an amazing gift for any artist who loves rainbow colors and sparkle, especially young girls getting into or interested in art.
My only suggestion to to consider a different color tin option. Not every female (or male) enjoys pink, so to have a different tin color option would meet the needs of those people.
These paints are so fun to use, and honestly the color is just really amazing! If you want to see them in action, go on YouTube and type in “Paul Rubens Watercolor” and you will find some fantastic reviews of these paints in action.
This is an ideal set for those who paint small or infrequently, as half pans are fairly small. It's a great set for professional artists also just starting out or needing a travel palette, who later plan to refill the empty pans with more economical tubes from companies such as Daniel Smith or Mission Gold. Most of these pigments can be found in all professional artist quality paint brands.
There are unique colors in this set not typically found in 24 color selections, such as the granulating cobalt and cerulean blues. The worst part about the color selection is it is missing a bright primary magenta. You can still mix a great deal of colors from this set, as there are several shades of blue red and yellows, however it will be hard to get those vibrant floral pinks. However, unlike almost every other set I have, they did not include a useless white watercolor that many companies throw in because it is cheap. White watercolor is so transparent that it does not work well for mixing, if you wanted a lighter shade you add more water, if you want opaque pastel you would use white gouache instead - so I'm really glad they didn't include white.
As of May 2018 this item also appears to be the same as the blue box version for 5 dollars less (about 40 dollars vs 45 called MEEDEN 24 Colors Artist Professional Watercolor) and the images both show the Paul Rubens name (based on the old artist Peter Paul Rubens, not the actor pee-wee herman).
So let me start; it arrived weeks early, in a gorgeous wrapping and packaging. The set came in a nice UPS style box, no biggie. Inside was a cute pink box, with the PR logo and all the info about the product. Inside that was a few papers; the first being a switch list of ALL their colors, not just the ones in the set but everyone they offer, and a second was a nice cold-press watercolor paper sheet that’s the perfect size to sit inside the kit. This sheet had the name, and color code for all 12 colors in the set, as well as room for you to swatch them your self. Unfortunately, the info was in Chinese but the color numbers are in Roman numbers and matched the numbers on the watercolor cake wrappers. I also wrote in the actual name on the card. Now, the actual tin was wrapped in a surprise towel piece, maybe I’m easy to please but I thought that was really nice of them and all. It’s just a normal one, and I use it to wipe/dry my brushes and to soak up excess water/paint from my papers.
Next, when I tested the colors; oh my gosh! For being such a cheap set, they are awesome! They were slightly chalky, but it was easy to work with and the colors were gorgeous. All of them very vibrant, and you can get some really faint colors as well as some really saturated ones. They also are very easy to make monochrome gradients and dual-chrome gradients with; not to mention blending to make some other gorgeous colors is easy too. I’m not sure if they’re gauche or not, as I’ve never used others before, but they are quality paints! Also, the inside of the tin carry case has multiple spots to mix paints and lots of pallet space. I also really loved that the metal container thing the paints attached to cane out and had more paint mixing areas under. That’s way nicer then the Windsor Newton ones since you have more play space and you don’t need to worry about dropping the cakes if you set them on a table next to you or whatever. I also loved the metal cake spot because the cakes locked into it, they're easy to get out but they won’t fall or pop out from being hit on anything or dropped. Another advantage they have over my Windsor Newton set. The WN ones are just laying in it so they don’t lock down and will easily fall out, making a mess or easy to lose a cake. Also, the WN cakes come out of the white plastic cake molds so it’s easy to mix up the cake from the color that the side is labeled as. This set bypasses all of that by having a simple locking mechanism to keep the set safe and contained easily.
All in all, I am SO glad I bought this set, it’s amazing and of a reasonable price. I would venture to say that it’s more worth buying then Windsor Newton just because it’s so nicely built and the paints are so nice. Especially since the amount of money you save when buying a WN 12 half cake travel set versus this one is enough to buy a nice but cheap set of paintbrushes too. The money I saved with this set, I spent buying Watercolor-paper sketchbooks. I was able to buy THREE 140lbs (100 sheets each) sketchbooks.
So worth the money! Will buy again!
Edit: Since then I have used proper gouaches and these definitely aren't gouache but a slightly more opaque watercolor. They're very saturated and it's easy to get striking colors with, but still transparent and water-soluble enough to treat like watercolors. It’s been nearly a year since I bought this set, and I actually ended up buying another set in the larger palette size because I love them so much. I have my eye on their new shimmery sets, so I might have to get one of them too, lol. I highly recommend this product and honestly you can’t go wrong with it. It’s obvious they aren’t professional grade, but they’re quality enough and comfortable to use. I don’t feel like I’m using children’s paint, but I also don’t feel like I wasted money on a hobby. I only wish you could buy individual colors as a few of my pans are getting pretty low.