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Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Color Pocket PLUS Set of 24 Half Pans
- A popular water color made from selected pigments for an economical choice
- Cotman Pocket PLUS Set with 24 colors in 24 half pans
- A Cotman series 111 No. 3 brush also included
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Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colors are a range of water colors 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. Each color has good transparency, excellent tinting strength and good working properties. The Cotman Painting PLUS set is part of our pioneering Cotman PLUS range which offers a selection of innovative and modern water color sets for all water color artists. This stylish set is comprehensive and practical in size, making it suitable for studio or outdoor painting. This Cotman Pocket PLUS set contains: 24 assorted Cotman Water Color half pans and a Cotman series 111 No. 3 brush. Typical of all PLUS sets, the Painting PLUS is both practical and versatile. It boasts substantial mixing surfaces including a removable clip on palette which can be clipped on either side of the set for extending mixing and a second internal palette which can be used inside or outside the set on a flat surface. The inside of the lid can also be used for extra mixing when other palettes are removed.
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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.
The Cotman Painting PLUS is comprehensive and practical in size, making it suitable for studio or outdoor painting. The Painting PLUS is the ultimate in versatility - it can accommodate both 8 millileters tubes and half pans, using the PLUS cartridge system which offers great pan security and versatility. This set contains: 24 assorted Cotman Water Colour half pans and one Cotman Series 111 No.3 brush.
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.
But I mostly love this set because of the water brush! I wasn't sure about it at first, considering how simple it looks, but it goes together easily AND securely, the pieces are tight enough when fitted together that it doesn't leak around the join, even with pressure. Now the tip stays nice and pointy and seems to be continuously wet, but does not leak a bunch of water out. That is until you squeeze it, then it does let out large beads above the tip if you push too hard. I found that very gentle pressure wets the brush without the big drop of water coming out and possibly ruining your work. This is my first water brush and I REALLY like it. The tip on this is still fairly small, but I mostly like working on smaller pieces anyway. You can also fit the brush in the pan when it's filled with water, and the area holding the brush is smartly thought out. It has inserts that keep the brush from sliding around, so the brush won't slide left or right, risking the tip being smushed against the side. I discovered also that the tip comes apart into two pieces as well, which means you could easily rinse the brush out for cleaning when you get home, etc.
If I had found this set first I would have bought it instead of the compact set probably but I like having both. The compact set has more areas for mixing, and has a nice thumb hole for holding on to it which is convenient if you don't have a flat surface to set your paint on, and even a little side pan for water (I use it for another mixing spot). The water brush also fits into the compact set if you wanted to take it along in that. The thing that I prefer about this set though is that the pans are more separated, AND they fit down into the openings for them. On the compact set there are these little bits that stick out which seem to be meant to hold the pans in if you push them down, but instead I found that they either don't do that at all, OR the pans pop back up flying out of the compact completely. So I've just let them be but then they stick up and jiggle around.