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Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: Tropicals
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- Great for mixed media
- Professional grade
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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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* The color tests in the photo were not done on watercolor paper, sorry! But you should be able to see how vibrant they are.
Don't mind the weird textures you may see on some colors, that is not the paints' fault.
- this is a very reasonable price for 12 watercolor pans & the tin palette case
- colors are very very vibrant
- colors are easy to re-wet & activate with a little bit of water on the brush
- The colors dried very evenly and nicely
- colors mix well, no problems
- the pans snap very securely onto the plate (you should be bending the little metal flaps a bit toward the middle)
- there is enough space in the middle for you to add 6-7 more half pans
- The flap part of the palette have rolled edges, so you do not have to worry about water overflowing the edge (see photo compared to my other flat palette)
- the ring on bottom of case is useful when holding case in hand
(these are not terrible at all in my opinion, but I will list anything that could possibly be considered negative)
- as in attached photo, the metal plate that holds the 12 spaces for the pans is not a "perfect fit" into the tin case. There is some space so yes, the
plate will slide up and down slightly if you tilt the case if you do not secure with an adhesive of sort
- the choice of colors in these sets are themed (thus "tropical) so if this is the only watercolor set you own, you may find yourself looking for some
other colors for a more general & variety of possible color mixes. This is not the typical beginning set of colors so depending on your needs, this set may not be the one.
Other misc. things I might want to point out:
- the Winsor&Newton half pans are slightly smaller than usual, so with mixing those and the prima ones, I was able to fit 7 each on top/bottom row, and barely 7 on middle row (with using only the prima pans, only 6 will fit in each row)
- the pans in the middle row will have to be secured somehow if you do decide to add some (with adhesive)
- I know there are a lot of similar looking tin palettes out there using this kind of format. I attached a photo with my no-brand tin case and you can see that the Prima case is a bit fatter.
- when you run out of a color, you can refill the empty pans with any tube color you may own
+I forgot to mention the opacity.
I think about half of the colors are semi-opaque to opaque.
I personally prefer transparent but this is can be pro or con for some
-okay so since the 7 pans in the middle row have to be snuggly fit, it looks like after a few uses, there will be no need for a separate adhesive to keep them on the plate. Some of the paint and water during use will leak through the spaces in between so once they dry, the pans will naturally be somewhat stuck on. It is perfect. I've tested flipping it upside down and it seems all 3 rows of pans will stay on just fine unless you drop them on the ground accidentally.
-As for the plate itself being smaller than the case and allowing room for sliding,
if you do decide to fill in all 3 rows, the weight of the pans will prevent the plate from sliding too easily
-I think the two side metal flaps (in middle row) can prevent the metal plate from falling out of the case if adjusted well
However, Prima must have done a new addition to their packaging - tin itself has a pink sticker that was very difficult to take off. Once the sticker was removed, the glue adhesive stubbornly stayed...Water, soap, and rubbing alcohal do not work. The glue would not remove and is irksome to have on the box. I later used an organic solvent (acetone) to remove it, but the gloss came off as well. If the sticker was not present, everything would be fine. Since no one else has mentioned it, I assume it's a new thing for Prima. Also, on the back of the tin, which I did not use any solvent on, the paint easily chipped off, which makes the tin feel a bit cheap.
Also: the yellow is a little staining on the palette wells --- the colors wash off easily when rinsed with exception of the yellow. I did not leave any of the paint on for a long period of time, the paint was still wet and already stained the wells, so now my well has a little yellow tinge. I suggest to just mix yellow/warm colors in one of the wells, and cooler colors in the other.
Overall, decent product, although there are some issues with the palette box and paint staining.
Edit: I added some photos to show the set and how I've used them. You can see small scuffs on the exterior, slight staining in the pans (I've only used the two large wells), comparison of the two blues. My pans are a little dirty but the color is still very good and bright (even the yellow). Overall, after a few weeks, I've really enjoyed using the set!
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