Following through my previous post about what to buy when you want to start watercolor, I thought of writing about my stash of watercolor paints. I’ve never documented what I have and I think this post would be something I would return to after a year or so.
My uncle got me a beautiful set of Winsor and Newton Cotman watercolor pans, and it is my favorite among all my materials! For a student grade, the colors are wonderfully pigmented as you can see here and here. It also comes with a mixing palette that I usually detach because my table is too narrow to spread it out. I am not sure if this is sold in the Philippines as I’ve yet to see this exact set in National Bookstore or online. However, there are other Cotman sets and paint tubes that are being sold in those shops. My concern for this set is that it contains 45 half pans which makes it heavy and bulky to travel with. Granted I rarely paint outside the comforts of my home, but there are occasions that I like to bring my paints with me. So when Kar (of the popular OOTDraw in IG) offered to buy travel sets in Sekaido Japan, I immediately reserved one for myself. Which leads me to my next set…
I got a pocket size version of the Cotman! It comes with 12 half pans, a tiny brush and 2 mixing palettes. The case is gorgeous and compact. The very next day when I got this set I brought it to the office and in my excitement, I showed it to a guy officemate who looked offended as he thought I was going to show him a makeup compact. Hahaha! I haven’t used the half pans that comes with it though since I have the exact colors in my big Cotman set. I just removed my most used colors in big Cotman and placed it the tiny Cotman. Handy eh? Kindly check National Bookstore if they still have this available, as I have seen it being sold there before.
3. Prang 16 Colors
My first watercolor set – the beloved Prang! I don’t use it as much these days but I whip it out when I get invited to host art sessions with kids. It holds a lot of memories for me as many of my earlier paintings especially the fashion illustrations are painted using this set. Available in National Bookstore.
4. Kuretake Gansai Tambi 12 Colors (see link for 18 colors)
I must confess this is an impulse buy from Craft Carrot in St. James Bazaar last year. I haven’t used much of it in my illustrations due to a lame excuse of having no mixing palette at that time. I did a few florals with it but I can’t make a judgement yet of the colors until I have really used it. I am secretly eyeing the Gansai Tambi Starry Colors but I’m still debating whether adding some gold to my paintings would work or it’s just me attracted to anything sparkly. It’s also available in National Bookstore.
I got my first watercolor tubes in Craft Central’s PR party. I now use it in tandem with my Cotman colors, as the pigments in this Sennelier aren’t as good as the Cotman. I love the Permanent Rose and Deep Green in this set though! I recommend it for beginners.
So far that’s what I got. I noticed that there are certain colors that I gravitate to in any set so my paintings follow that same color schemes. But I am challenging myself to experiment more, mix and match and take a risk. Eventually I would like to mix a different media to watercolor. Documenting my watercolor sets is making me itch to go back to painting. There are so many possibilities in one watercolor box and I can’t possibly use all of these up in my lifetime (but I sure hell will try)! If you have your own watercolor materials list, please do share in the comments. I like looking into new materials and reading how they are being used.