Last week I was utterly consumed by a desire - a desire to try out a new line of paints, and a desire for the perfect gold. I have a bunch of gold things. For example, the Lindy Stamp gold ink spray is fantastic! But for painting gold details, I've heard nothing but great things about this Finetec set.
So here's what I'm working with today. Not pictured is a couple of PWC watercolour tubes that I bought on a whim. Because its lightfastness seems to be an issue (?), they've been put aside for sketchbook play only. The colour was lovely though.
I've been using Cotman middle-grade watercolours for quite a while, and they've certainly fulfilled their duty! I've only refilled a colour once or twice (mostly red) so the price really shouldn't put anyone off. It's worth it. However, I also felt like there was this whole wide world of watercolour out there, with even bigger price tags and even bigger promises, and my curiosity is piqued.
First things first: Everyone should seriously appreciate the dazzle and texture of that gold cake up there. And there's FIVE different kinds of gold (and one silver which I am kind of meh about). I'm pretty sure I will be set for life with this set, for real. On the left is my watercolour explorer, QOR watercolour made by Golden. There are so many choices I could have gone with, so I figured I might as well go with the one hailed as the First Of Its Kind, and made by such a well-loved brand. I chose the "High Chroma" set because it contains quinacridone magenta and I like to have a serious primary red on hand.
It's hard to tell from this photo, but they're quite lovely. I barely touched the paint at all to get good colour saturation, which is good when you're paying top dollar for them. I haven't tried to work with dried leftovers yet, but so far they seem to work like any other watercolour out there. Compared to Cotman and Peerless, I still think Peerless might be more saturated. It's hard to tell, because Peerless comes in "sheets" which are trickier to dilute so that might be skewing the results a little. If Peerless ever came out with cakes or tubes, I'm sure I would be all over that!
So far I am pretty happy with my little supply haul today and can't wait to paint something fantastic with them! As always, if you need a sweet place to test all of your fun new things, there's a new watercolour sketchbook in the shop called "Nostalgic Rain". "Nostalgic" because I used a stencil shaped like viewfinder film, heh heh. You know, it took me far too long as a kid to figure out that viewfinders were 3D pictures because I would only look through them with one eye. Seriously.
Hello! I'm Melissa, and here you'll find some behind-the-scenes footage of an artful life. Won't you join me?