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Sakura XNCW-24N, 24 Assorted Watercolors Field Sketch Set with Brush
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- Koi water colors field sketch set with brush
- Half pan watercolors, formulated to blend easily and create and endless range of colors
- A refillable koi water brush to transport and store water
- A small, sleek design that fits into shirt or jacket pockets, perfect for painting on-the-go
- The kit is lightweight and affordable
- Portable field sketch kit for use on the go or at home
- Includes brush, sponge, built-in palette, 24 mini watercolor cakes, plastic case
- Paints conform to ASTM D4236
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Capturing the moment just got easier with koi water color field sketch kits. This portable watercolor set is perfect to bring along whether you're going to the countryside, relaxing at the beach or walking urban landscapes. The kit is lightweight and affordable. Half pan watercolors, formulated to blend easily and create and endless range of colors. A refillable koi water brush to transport and store water. A small, sleek design that fits into shirt or jacket pockets, perfect for painting onthego. Koi water color field sketch kits have the acmi ap seal of approval. Koi watercolor field sketch sets are recommended for ages 14 & over. Includes a refillable Koi water brush to transport and store water. The water brush technical qualities are polypropylene, transparent barrel and nib holder section, nylon fibers for brush tip, please keep cap and plug away from small children. Set consists of 24 colors.
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My perspective of the Koi Watercolor Kit changed when I recently I took a watercolor workshop. The first day the teacher went over paints, brushes, and papers that were the best and worst. Low and behold she hated the Koi Watercolor set. She explained that this paint was dusty. The reason for this is because it had fillers. I hadn’t heard of this before and so far I didn’t have any issues with them. I actually really liked them up until I took the class.
When I began painting with them on Arches Watercolor paper with a #10 round brush I began to notice what the teacher had meant by “dusty”. I noticed that the “dustiness” was more apparent when the paint was applied as a wet on wet or when I had added more wash layers.
I think the main reason I didn’t notice this before was because I was using the Koi Watercolors in my mini sketchbook that I carried around with me. The paper isn’t watercolor paper and I wasn’t painting wet on wet. I was using the Koi’s to paint my sketches.
However, I am now noticing this “dustiness” the more I use the paints as well regardless it being wet on wet or on watercolor paper. I notice that it’s more noticeable with the earth tone colors.
I highly discourage you from buying the Koi Watercolor Pocket Kit if you have any desire to practice with watercolors. For the price point of $21.00 and the weird “dustiness” that it gives off I don’t think it’s a real value. Get the Winsor and Newton Cotman Watercolor Compact Set instead!!
TL;DR Don't buy has dusty fillers, buy Winsor and Newton Cotman Watercolor instead!!
Here's my full review after using it a while:
1) It's tiny and compact, not too heavy.
2) It has the right accessories with a big pan for mixing that is adjustable for position, two sponges for use with a water pen, and a water pen that has a nice reservoir.
3) Wide range of colors means mixing any color is really possible without too much trouble.
4) Colors are rich and dense, particularly for a student grade kit.
1) Lightfastness! The site has no info on that and reports conflict. Everyone will have to conduct their own tests, which is a pain. That makes it less reliable for finished pieces meant to be seen. It's fine for journaling or learning.
2) Static! The plastic is very static-y and will attract debris and hair (like cat or dog hair) right to it. Especially in winter or in dry conditions. Huge pain!
3) No metal. Mixing colors on plastic is not my favorite because it stains.
4) The brush is big. I got a Zig to replace it and like that just fine, but I do more detailed work.
5) The pan inserts are thin plastic and have to be refilled using the Koi tubes, but if you want to switch to a more lightfast version from another maker, you can do that. Even so, not being able to slip in a new pan is annoying and the plastic is thin enough that it's a bit worrisome.
Who is this for? Because the set is listed as non-toxic, it's great for younger persons just starting their journey. Because the plastic is super sturdy, it's also great for kids that have gone beyond the whole crayola thing. It's fine for journaling or just experimenting while traveling, but the lack of a metal pan for mixing and the lightfastness issue means that it's not great for anything you'll want to show.
My only concern, is the tip of the brush in the included set dislodged and can be moved about, making the tip longer or shorter depending on how its positioned. When this happened, a few bristles also came free. I had purchased a set of varied brushes from another merchant, but even with the mentioned defect, all the work produced was done primarily with this set's included tool.
I would recommend checking out a few youtube tutorials and technique videos for a quick and easy how-to of watercolor. I watched a very helpful, basic technique video by "Mr Otter", and then discovered more artists of interest thereafter.
Happy painting, Friend!