Oh my gee... This is one of those sets that I once daydreamed about but decided against because it's such a lot of money for such little tubes of paint, and who really NEEDS 24 colours anyway?? I've usually been a "primaries + black/white" kind of person, because there are other fun things to spend dollars on. And then I needed some blues because the one I had was a little sad. Then I needed some green because I got tired of mixing greens. And then some brown because I got tired of mixing browns from scratch. And now, after a boxing week sale, here we are.
I've swatched every colour (including ones I already had), and while I did already own a bunch of these, I'm just as happy to have a backup supply. The cadmium red was a bit separated so the swatch looks a bit like blood. Creepy! I've always loved magenta, but I'm suddenly digging that scarlet with the almost fluorescent pink tone.
I think I bought the manganese blue first, hoping for a primary. But it's really hard to rewet after it's dried, and just isn't that strong, you know? Not much better luck with the cobalt blue, my second purchase. Ultramarine was a free gift and was a huge improvement. The 24 set came with cerulean and phthalo, the latter being simply goorrgeeouuuss! My search for the cleanest, most "primary" blue made me pass over what might be the prettiest one so far. Mistakes aren't inexpensive, let me tell you.
When I first tried cobalt teal I was really put off by its opacity. It's like mixing colours with milk, which sent me on the blue goose chase in the first place. It did serve me very well as an interesting shade colour when I was painting plant collages. Seems like an odd choice, but it just pops! Now I like it. Green gold has to be one of the most intense colours I've ever used. It's like drinking apple juice but for your eyeballs.
I was really excited about the neutrals. They are the colours that I always need but always figured buying them was a "waste". The van dyke is just absolutely beautiful, like some particularly luxurious leather.... thing... I don't know fashion. Payne's grey is right up there as well. It's just so DARK, but makes such a pretty, blue grey when diluted. This set came with a tube of white, which I always scoffed at because the point of watercolour is transparency and glowing paper and all that. But look at the little lines on the grey swatches... they're pretty charming. I'm sure I will eat my words.
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