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Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colour Paint Sketchers' Pocket Box, Half Pans, 14-Pieces
- This popular pocket-sized plastic box features an integral mixing palette in the lid
- Contains 14 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, 14 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.
However, I also have some criticisms.
1. The colors they chose for this set are pretty pathetic for a limited palette. The cobalt blue and ultramarine are almost identical, so if you want to mix your own green you won't get anything but olive tones. The lack of a good middle blue such as phthalo blue really limits the use of this palette. The white is basically useless, who knows why they included it. Permanent rose would have been a much better choice over alizarin crimson as it mixes cleaner, brighter colors. There is no purple or black/grey included although these can be mixed. (Tip: you can remove the paints out of the pans and squeeze in your own tube paints).
2.The box closes very tightly and it's a huge struggle to get it opened every single time.
3. The mixing lid does not lay flat, so the paint drips down as you are mixing it, or even after.
4. There are spaces in between the half pans so they will rattle and move around as you try to use them (this drove me crazy, I had to put pieces of sponge in between them to correct it).
Overall, because of the price I would recommend this to a beginner just the palette can be customized and many of the flaws taken care of on your own.
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.
I ditched the lemon yellow, red pale hue, emerald green, and yellow ochre for separately purchased pale cadmium yellow, cadmium red medium hue, hooker green, and ivory black instead. Also swapped around the arrangement of the trays to suit my preference. As mentioned in a number of other reviews, the trays are not secured. I dabbed a dot of quake putty into each slot to keep them in place. It's got a longer-lasting and tougher grip compared to double sided tape.
-1 star for the dinky brush and the kit not including a black in the first place, but definitely going to invest in another to use for a secondary pallet.