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- Koi water colors field sketch set with brush
- The kit is lightweight and affordable
- Small, sleek design fits into jacket pockets & backpacks, perfect for painting on-the-go
- Half pan watercolors, formulated to blend easily and create and endless range of colors
- A refillable koi water brush to transport and store water
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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 an endless range of colors. The small, sleek kit design fits into jacket pockets and backpacks, making it perfect for painting on the go. Koi water color field sketch kits have the ACMI AP seal of approval. Koi water color 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 30 half pan watercolors.
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Regarding the color quality, I think it's fair to say it is of inferior quality than a Windsor and Newton "professional" grade watercolor paintbox. I have found the lighter colors grainy and all the colors just a bit too transparent. But again, you get what you pay for. Until you are willing to splurge $$ for professional watercolor, the quality of this set is more than adequate for everyday sketches and painting exercises.
I can't comment on the waterbrush as I only use real brushes. The colors dry quickly and don't run. I take out the mixing tray when I travel to save a little bit of weight. This kit has been accompanying me on numerous trips in the past three years. You can absolutely buy with confidence!
The retail price for the 24 piece palette was quite high in store but I was able to use a coupon. Even so, the price here is better. Why did I choose this one? Well the reviews were fantastic and the removable palette seemed handy. You could remove it completely and put it off to the side or place it to the right or left (see picture). I love this feature. The colors were described as pigmented and I would agree with that. The pan needs just a little water to be able to lift the color. And I've been able to mix colors no problem. In my picture you'll see some dark color mixed on my palette. This is a mixture of utlramarine, Crimson lake, and yellow ochre. I use this mix to get a perfect shadow color (as seen on the lemon picture).
The palette itself its a fairly study plastic palette. It does stain over time but that is to be expected with any plastic palette. The sides of the palette have little strips of yellow foam that can be used to wipe off the brush. I find these to just be ok. I prefer to carry a small cloth or napkin with me instead. And it is possible to store the included water pen inside the palette if you keep the little black stopper (seen in the open palette photo) to hold the water in the tube. Unless of course your destination has a water source or you carry water with you. And the included water brush? I have been fairly impressed. The brush hold water with next to no leaking. I would say that it is about a medium water brush so it might be useful to pick up a small brush was well for detail work. My brush has taken a lot of abuse as I lost the cap during my travels but the brush still works great. I used it (along with a smaller waterbrush) on the lemon painting.
For what this palette is, I am extremely impressed. Sakura designed a highly functional and portable palette with fantastic watercolors for a great price. I made the right choice for my starter palette. I will say that in the future I plan to invest in a palette that have removable paint pans. This will allow more customization and allow me to use the palette for years to come. The only downfall of this palette is that once the pans on my most used colors are empty, I will either attempt to fill with tube paint or have to buy a new palette altogether. Given that this palette is so affordable, I certainly wouldn't be opposed to buying a new palette, but it would seem pretty wasteful.
Here are the colors:
Permanent Yellow Deep
Cadmium Red Hue
Cobalt Blue Hue
Permanent Green Deep
1. Size makes it not only nice for trips, hiking, and quick set up and clean up at HOME.
2 Beautiful vivid colors with great texture and easy clean up.
3. Only water needed is in the brush and lasts forever depending on size of art paper; quick cleaning as you change colors.
4. Tiny pallet attaches easily. cleans easily,& can paint all day without cleaning etc.
5. Thumb holder on bottom great concept and so necessary.
6. Back can be used as small tripod for painting.
7. Lightweight, and miniature size, but able to produce large and professional work.
Wonderful for relatives and friends, as gifts so appreciated. I give the designer of the water brush/pen 5 stars and the designer
of the clever little set another 5 stars. Have painted for some 75 years with all mediums, but love this one, more than my professional oil painting materials! Hard to believe this can be produced and sold at this low price. I am now in hospice after a very active life, and am now making my very own greeting cards, and busy beyond belief! I should be selling them since they
are accepted like hotcakes! AMAZON is MY STORE for MORE!
Sandy Orton-Colo. Springs, CO