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Watercolor confections are artist-grade, high quality, and highly pigmented watercolor pans. Watercolor confections are sized perfectly for artists on the go. These professional-grade paints provide bright, intense, smooth and long-lasting colors that will work beautifully for any art or mixed-media project.
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First and foremost: If your pans are sliding around in the metal bracket, don't glue them down or install magnets or anything complicated like that. The simple fix is to remove all the paint pans and then gently squeeze the two sides of the metal rails between your fingers, just enough to bring them slightly closer together. The pans are shipped wrapped in plastic and little paper sleeves which means they need more room to be held comfortably in those metal rails than they need when they are unwrapped. By simply pinching the rails closer, you can get a nice tight fit when you reinsert the pans.
Alright, so pros and cons of this set. I love the metal tin. In fact, based on other prices of similar metal tins on Amazon, the tin alone is worth the price you pay for these. I love the extra space in this metal tin. There's quite a bit of room for more pans of color or maybe for a small travel brush. I love all the mixing space in the tin -- not just the lid, but also a fold out mixing area. I love that this set has a purple. Purple seems to be a pretty rare pre-mixed color in these small watercolor tin sets. The purple is very vibrant, well-mixed, and on the warm/red side. Mixing a purple is doable, but it does tend to look muddy compared to the purple that came with this set. Overall I see it's inclusion as a pro.
Overall, the colors are pretty vibrant. I do find them to be more on the opaque end of the spectrum rather than more transparent, and they are slightly chalky. I also have a Windsor and Newton Cotman Pocket Sketcher set and I find the colors in that set to be more on the transparent side. I honestly find pros and cons to both opaque and transparent paints, so I don't necessarily see the opaqueness of these paints as a totally negative thing. I mostly paint with both sets and use them for different purposes and am happy with that set up. If you are looking for super transparent paints, though, you won't find them here. You will find a nice metal tin that can easily be refilled. You will also find a nice set of colors for playing around. You will also find a nice set of colors that, to some extent, behave a bit like gouache and will allow you to cover up small mistakes that you make while painting. I think the very most negative thing I can say about this set is that the colors do not mix well together and tend to muddy pretty quickly. This is in no way an artist grade set of paints and if that's what you're looking for, look elsewhere.
Initially I would have said I was displeased with the color selection in this set and wished I had purchased the Tropicals set, but I really think this set has a more balanced and broad set of colors. The Tropicals includes two greens and three blues along with a smattering of other colors, which I believe would make up for the annoying lack of green, yellow, and red options in this set. I think if you were looking to invest in these types of sets, perhaps buy this set and the Tropicals set, or purchase this and another small travel set like the Windsor & Newton Cotman sets to supplement and enhance this set. Overall, however, there's lots that can be done with a set like this and for under $20 you can't beat the value.
So horrible....but I love them!
I have been painting with watercolors for 30+ years and own brands of: American Journey, M. Graham, MaimeriBlu, Winsor Newton and Daniel Smith. I would recommend that artist should select a brand or selected colors from professional paints and stick with it until all the nuances are learned. You have to know and understand your materials to make professional results. Zoltan Szabo gave me this advice years ago when I attended one of his workshops and it has served me well!
Don't worry about permanence just play with them! After all your paintings are probably not going to hang in the Louvre! The paints are dye based and full of fillers, hence, the metal palette will and does stain slightly. There is enough room in the paint box to place another row of half pans down the center, turning it into an 18 color set. Take some of your favorite colors from the tropical or decadent pie sets to make your custom master palette. The paints are bright when applied but lighten slightly once applied like all watercolors.
The metal box is well constructed and has nicely rolled edges so you won't get cut. If you remove the tray, holding the half pans, you could get cut if your reckless! I guess if you have to be warned about this then maybe you should be warned that paint brushes have pointy ends so you don't poke yourself in the eye! Removing the tray allows access to 4 more mixing wells which in quite inventive. The closed box measures 5" x 2 3/4" x 1" tall, open it measures 5" x 8 1/8" x 1". The box has a finger ring on the bottom to make it easier to hold in one hand.
Some people complain far to much about this little set. "The pans are lose and slide around". Just use them a little bit and some paint will dry around the bottom of each pan and they will stick and not slide. "The paint stains the palette!" OCD is a pain isn't it! Get over it and let the palette look like its been used! I've seen beautiful paintings made with a paper plate palette a twig and copy paper. "The ugly sticker won't come off!" If you can't figure out how to remove a sticker you shouldn't have a drivers license! "The paint beads up on the palette!" Rough it up a little with a Brillo pad! Geeze...people complain to much! Some Artists are the most resourceful people I have ever known, unfortunately, some are also too whinny.
Now for the paints:
#01 Opaque White,
#02 Fuschia (Rosy Pink), add 06 Green for a yellow Ochre, add 07 Teal for a nice lavender, add 09 Violet for Cobalt red violet or a cotman purple lake hue which is great for flowers.
#03 Dark Red (Scarlet?),
#04 Orange, add 07 Teal for a nice sap green, add 08 Blue for a Burnt Umber,
#05 Cool Yellow, add a touch of #12 Black yields a nice sap green,
#06 Green, a good basic Green that can be turned into a wide variety of green shades.
#07 Teal (Turquoise), mixed with #02 Fuschia yields a nice lavender.
#08 Ultramarine Blue,
#11 Gray, add 08 Ultra Blue for a Slate Blue. Add 09 Violet for lavender,