On top of various students’ starter boxes with tubes or pans, we now have 5 full ranges of artist watercolours in stock offering all sorts of presentations… Sennelier‘s half pans to Blockx‘s giant pans, Holbein‘s 5ml tubes and Daniel Smith‘s 15ml tubes and even some liquid “ready made” ones: Ecoline. Then, of course, there are also some watercolor pencils and pastels… I can already hear you whisper “Too many choices!” but actually they all are quite different so to make up your mind please…
- Blockx : 47 colours available in Giant pans
Blockx’s extra-fine watercolours with honey still maintain secret splendour and are composed of the finest ingredients, blended today in the same deliberate manner as did craftsmen of the past. Rare, tough pigments are thoroughly crushed, then and unlike any other brand of watercolour paint, Blockx traditional recipe has evolved around a pure clover honey mixed with a small amount of glycerin. The honey acts to disperse the pigment better in water, especially in thin washes, whilst the glycerin slows the drying. This unique combination has for decades given European artists the advantage of high workability in the wet, especially when placing one light veil over another. These watercolours have long been sought after by museums and art galleries throughout the world for art and book restoration, establishing the pigment quality as highly respected and one which has already stood the test of time in circumstances of critical assessment.
- Holbein : 108 colours Available in 5ml tubes
For the past 100 years Holbein has developed and produced its moist transparent watercolor as an industry leader in brush handling qualities, light fastness, physical permanence, colour vigor and a full range palette that retains its clean, crisp and brilliant characteristics.
- Sennelier : “L’aquarelle” 98 colours available in 1/2 pans
Sennelier is to France what Winsor and Newton is to England, the main supplier of watercolours since the 19th century. Ranges are similar but quality and price made us choose Sennelier. Made from specially selected gum arabic and honey, the prewetted pigments are ground in the original porcelain machines used till the present day to offer incomparable quality of application and superb washes. The range has recently been revamped and extended to 98 strong colours.
- Daniel Smith : 216 colours (+ the NEW interesting Neutral Tint)!! Available in 15ml tubes
Dan Smith started his business in the US in 1976, dedicated to bringing the highest quality inks to the print-artist community. Then, in 1993, he set out to create a line of watercolors with one goal in mind: to create the very best watercolor available. His pigments come from every continent except Antarctica and the sheer range of possibility they offer is endless and unparalleled in the industry. Their diversity is amazing, from the subtle earth tones of Hematite, Zoisite, Tiger’s Eye and Minnesota Pipestone to the exquisite jewel shades of Rhodonite, Purpurite, Amazonite and Lapis Lazuli Genuine, and an extensive range of Quinacridones, the brightest and boldest colors modern technology has to offer… He is also the only one to offer a line of duochromes, interferences, pearlescents and iridescents colours… yum… to try them is to want them!
- Talens : “Ecoline” Liquid Watercolours 46 colours + opaque white and gold
Ecoline colours are ready to use liquid water colour paint for diverse creative applications, they have excellent adhesion to drawing and watercolour papers and boards. This extensive range comes in a handy 30ml square bottle with a wide neck.
- Windsor & Newton: Watercolour markers (36 colours) and sticks (48 colours) 22 colours are common to both ranges
Both these ranges are lightfast and highly pigmented and can be used in conjunction with all your other professional watercolours. The markers are twin-tipped offering you both a fine point for precision and a flexible brush for broader and more fluid marks. When wetted the line will blur somewhat but remain quite defined.
The sticks can be used dry to smudge and create broad lines or patches. They can remain like so but when wetted, they will release an amazingly powerful colour, more like an ink than a watercolour. They can also be dipped in water and worked directly onto the paper for a very intense result. They are quite stiff, which I liked because, when dry they can offer you on an angle quite a bit of precision.
Mark my words, I believe the combo of these new tools and a new, more modern, generation of watercolorists could quite bring around a little revolution in the near future!
- Watercolour pencils are another important tool in watercolours techniques. These water-soluble colour pencils allow you to draw fine details and then blend them with water. We stock Caran d’Ache’ Supracolour range in a set and by the pencil. We also have sets of Derwent’s Aquatone, which are solid water sticks and Derwent Watercolour pencils which marry well with their Inktense pencils.
- Watercolour pastels allow to draw bigger details than watercolor pencils, and to fill quickly large surfaces with lots of pigment. We stock Caran d’Ache’s NeoColour II sets of watersolube oil pastels.
ALSO USEFUL… watercolour and gouache VARNISH (matt and gloss), BLENDING medium, OX GALL, Watercolour and Gouache BINDER (to make your own with pigments), ARABIC GUM, MASKING fluid, IRIDESCENT medium and more…