Monday, July 18, 2011

Tube watercolor is different from pans!

Carol Gillot of Paris Breakfasts recommended the new winsor-newton large pans.  She sent me to this You-tube video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPOf3_fxWd0
The nice man said that tube colors are formulated differently than pans!  Who knew?  Tube paint loses it's dispersant and conditioners when it dries and can be hard to re-wet without the conditioner and dispersant.
Another video  explained that tube paints do not contain the preservatives that pans have.
With a wonderful 50% off coupon for my local art store, I bought 2 colors:

  •  Burnt umber because it cracks up when I dry it in pans and is very hard to re-wet
  • Cobalt because I've had trouble with it getting moldy in my old plastic palette with a rubber seal to keep the paint moist.

I am in love!  These colors come in a very large white china pan,  2 1/2 inches by 3 1/4 inches.  They rewet instantly and make a wonderful creamy wash in just a few swipes of the brush.  The pans can stack and there is also a nice wooden holder for the pans.  They are pricey; you're getting a lot of paint in this size pan.  I'm saving my pennies for more colors!

3 comments:

  1. Sure looks nice, but yikes....the price!! Guess I'll have to stick to my 1/2 pans!

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  2. It makes total sense to use these for your most basic "core colors" . . . . if they are Winsor & Newton. But several of my core choices are Daniel Smith.
    I love the pan design, being ceramic and stackable!

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  3. Jeanette! I didn't realize you were blogging--this is GREAT! Looks wonderful. I have been tempted to get some of the big pans--they look beautiful. Sometimes I'm convinced that I should just live in an art supply shop, so I could continue to try every damn new thing that comes out. I'm adding you to my blogroll so I can check back often. xo

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