White Nights St.Petersburg & Other Watercolors
I have been practicing watercolors for the last one year. Of all the mediums I have used so far, I love watercolors the best. The fluidity of watercolors make it the most expressive of all mediums. I started with Koi Watercolor Field Travel Sketch Set. It was great for the beginning, and it was totally affordable for a beginner. I soon realized that the pigments were not good.
I made a switch and bought some Grumbacher Student grade watercolor tubes. I spent a good amount of time practicing watercolors using this new kit. I loved painting using tube colors. Although they were Student grade, the pigments were better than the Koi watercolor pigments. I still use these tubes for my main watercolor palette, although I have been buying Winsor and Newton Cotman sets to fill in some more colors in my palette. My palette currently has around 31 pans, with one Shimmer watercolor, and 29 regular colors, two of which are Daniel Smith Extra Fine. The extra fine watercolors are pretty good and I love them for their rich pigments. I also got the 48 half-pan watercolor set of Winsor and Newton Cotman. Although I don’t love those colors, I enjoy having a wide range of colors while working on my sketchbook.
I love having more colors so I could quickly come up with a color palette for new paintings. I was browsing to add more colors to my palette. The good quality artist grade watercolors are totally unaffordable for me. I am always on the hunt for more affordable good quality pigments. A quick look at Amazon got me to two sets of watercolors – Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolors and WhiteNight St.Petersburg watercolors. They are way different in terms of pigments. I read reviews for both of them. The Japanese watercolors are thick and typical to Japanese painting technique. But I loved the addition of gold and silver pigments in their 36 color set. WhiteNights watercolors is very close to what I was looking at in terms of pigments and they are affordable. These colors are not easily available, and they are usually shipped from UK. That is a downside of course, but who would not wait for such good colors! I ordered them for $39.85 plus about a $6.50 shipping from Amazon. And they took forever to reach me.
Today I received them and opened each and every color pan – it took forever. It had a lot of dust in it while opening, but I quickly cleared them. It also came with an empty color chart for sampling the colors from the set. I sat down and checked the pigments one by one. I am impressed.
They are by far the most vibrant pigments of all the sets I have had so far. And for a very affordable price. The colors are very juicy and just a little touch can handle so many washes. Absolutely love love these colors!
So for those of you looking to buy affordable and luscious watercolors, go for these. I could not wait to post about these watercolors as soon as I tried them. I will not be using them for a while now, given my exams are around the corner. But when I do, I will sample it in one these blog pages.
Buy @ Amazon: St Petersburg White Nights Watercolour : 36 Pan Set