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Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Sketchers Pocket Box
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- This popular pocket-sized plastic box features an integral mixing palette in the lid
- Contains 12 assorted Cotman Water Color half pans & a pocket brush
- Actual contents may vary
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This popular pocket-sized plastic box features an integral mixing palette in the lid and contains: 1 x pocket brush, 12 x cotman water color half pans: lemon yellow, cadmium yellow, cadmium red pale hue, crimson Alizarin, ultramarine, intense blue, Emerald green, sap green, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt Umber, China white. Actual contents may vary.
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Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour
Cotman Water Colours are a range of water colours that are made to our normal high quality standards but costs are kept to an economical level by replacing some of the more costly pigments with less expensive alternatives.
This popular pocket-sized plastic box features an integral mixing palette in the lid and contains: one Pocket brush & 12 Cotman Water Colour half pans: Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Crimson Alizarin, Ultramarine, Intense Blue, Emerald Green, Sap Green, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, China White. Actual contents may vary.
Costs are kept to an economical level by replacing some of the more costly pigments with less expensive alternatives. Pigments derive from a number of sources: Some are natural products, notably the earths, e.g. umbers, ochres; others come from metal compounds and are sometimes termed 'traditional' or 'genuine', e.g. ultramarine.
The distillation of petroleum yields an ever widening range of organic pigments which are often termed as 'modern'. Many of the pigments used in Cotman are organic.
The Cotman Water Colour range has a more uniform consistency than the Professional Water Colour range and this benefits beginners as there is less to learn about each individual pigment. The Cotman Water Colour range also relates to the Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour range, e.g. Burnt Sienna in both ranges has the same hue. This enables artists to use colours from both ranges with minimal adjustment to their technique.
White in the Range
Traditionally the white of the paper provides the brilliance to water colour and can be used as highlights. However, some artists utilize Chinese White for highlights at the end of their painting or in dulling some colour mixtures down.
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The brush is nothing to get excited over. It is just a small round or liner-type brush. I probably won't use it, as it gives me hand cramps since the handle is so tiny.
I would like to address several complaints I have seen.
First, with the watercolor cakes coming out of the pans. I simply took the cake out of the pan, put a big drop of water underneath, and stuck the paint cake back in. After a bit the water makes the paint a bit gummy, so I simply gave it a firm press, and I haven't had a problem since.
Another complaint is that the paint pans don't stay in the case. Well, that is true, but again I have a simple fix. I took the plastic pans of paint out of the box, and added just a dab of hot glue, then gave them a firm press back into the palette. This worked well. I tried prying them out, and they stick. When they are gone, you can simply take a pair of pliers and pull out the empty pan and replace. On my other set I used a piece of double sided tape that I cut in half length wise, then stuck the pans back in. I think I like it better then the hot glue. The tape holds well, but the pans can be pulled out just simply using the end of a brush to pry it out. Sticky tack/blue tack/museum putty works well too.
Because these pans are sold as open stock, meaning you can replace one color at a time, I would not suggest getting too carried away with super glueing the pans into the palette.
The price is so low, it might qualify as a toy in some minds. However, the fact is, it's plenty good enough for any adult wishing to get started, properly, in watercolors. Heartedly recommended, for young and old.
If you don't like the colors, you can get individiual tubes pretty cheaply, and you can remove a pan to fill the spot with a paint of your choice. Don't be afraid to make your own color palette!
The brush is a two-part piece, with the main brush and handle, and a metal cap. This is probably the best brush i have owned for travel, just because of the quality. Holds water very well. All of the windsor newton brushes are fantastic, but I like this particular one because it's compact.
I would buy one of these for all my artist friends if I could!