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Sennelier French Wc Metal Set 18 Half Pans
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- Set of 12 with 6 extra colors added
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The Sennelier 18 Half Pan Watercolor set is inspired by the bright and lively palette of Southern France. Each set contains top quality French Artists Watercolor, a travel brush and built in palette within a compact and sturdy metal case. Reformulated with an increased honey content fives each watercolor incomparable brilliance and luminosity while acting as a preservative to extend the paints longevity.
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These paints are wonderful! Most definitely Artist grade, professional watercolors. They respond very quickly to a wet brush, quicker than some other pan paints I have tried. The colors are rich, vibrant and heavily pigmented. The honey in the paints doesn't interfear withthe paint drying, not on paper or in the pans. So you do not have any problem with runny wet paint getting everywhere when you close up the paintbox.
Now, how are these paints any different or better than the other Artist grade paints available? Well , many artists paint with a variety of brands, choosing a paint for the colors,or or some quality it has, rather than paint exclusively with just one brand.
Sennerlier has a variety of interesting and some unique colors, most of the colors have good lightfastness (check each individual color) and there are a quantity of single pigment colors. All,important to consider and all things common to the good Artist grade paints.
So it really is a matter of personal,preference. The only difference I have seen is Sennelier pans are very quick to respond and release color to a wet brush, even without pre wetting the pans. Some brands aren't quite this responsive ( I think it's the honey in the Sennelier) . But if you place a drop of water on each pan, or mist the pans lightly,then wait a moment , all artist grade pan paints will release color very well.
The box is the usual metal watercolor box, nothing unusual or special. It does the job of providing place for the paints and a mixing surface. Most metal boxes, no matter the name on them, are the same, or very similar. The staining colors will stain. But if you rub the stained area with just a smidge of oil (like olive oil, veg oil) , rub this around over the stain, it will disappear! Then use something like Dawn dish detergent to remove that tiny film of oil. This will,remove the stains from the Pthalo colors and all the staining colors I have tried it on.
I have read complaints by people here on Amazon about their pan paints sliding around in these type boxes. Well the best solution I have found after over 15 years of painting with these boxes is, this: use the very thin magnets (available in craft stores or on Amazon) that come in sheets or strips and have adhesive on one side, cut the magnetic sheets to fit the bottom of each pan, peel off the protective sheet and stick the magnet to the bottom of the pan.
Caution! Be sure the magnetic sheet is the thinnest you can find! If it is too thick ,the pans (with magnet stuck to the bottom) will stick up too far in the paintbox. If it's too thin, it will be too weak to hold the pans in. You can take the paintbox to the craft store and check to see which of the magnetic sheets they stock will be the best.
Yes, this is a tedious and time consuming job, cutting the magnetic sheets to fit all those small half pans (this works with whole pans as well)..But once you have done this, the pans will stick to the box very well, and to any other metal,box you may want to move the pan to. When the pan is empty , the mangnet is still good, you can refill the pan with tube color and keep right on painting. I have even held my box upside down when open and not a pan moved!
Once you have spilled an entire box of pan paints into the grass and mud while painting outdoors, you won't mind cutting the magnetic sheet so much!!!
Some People use that magnetic sheet to stick a small container of water (like an old empty film canister) to the paintbox so they can hold everything in one hand.