I am so glad that I came across this poll. I read through every comment and they are all incredibly useful. I use Winsor & Newton it was recommended to me by a watercolor teacher, later I used Shinhan from Korea because it's cheap ( 18 colors, 12ml for around 13 euro ).I haven't tried enough to compare, but it works well enough for me. I am looking for brighter watercolor, I think I am going to try Dr. Ph. Martin after reading the comments!
So happy to hear this. That's the point in those polls. To share information with each other. I also fund it very useful. For me it's those White Night colors. My shop recently offered them and I'm quite pro at trying them. And I saw many great artists using them *no peer pressure*
Good luck with your buy!
I also recommend you to watch some review videos on YouTube.
I have a list of those video links (look in my link under "Dr. Ph. Martin's")
I use Van Gogh because it's cheaper but still has beautiful colors Although making really smooth washes is easier for me with Winsor & Newton than with Van Gogh, especially when using cheaper kinds of watercolor paper. Dr. Ph Martin is also really good!
I've just started with watercolours after a decade hiatus and have chosen Windsor & Newton Cotman half pans for this new art journey! I found they were far more accessible in my region, and I really enjoy the actual colours they result in, and how quickly they activate.
In saying that I'm really eager to try some of the other brands mentioned to get a better feel for watercolours and see what may work better for me.
For me, after ages of reflexion , my palette is composed half of Winsor and Newton and the other half of Daler and Rowney and other brands carefully chosen by pigment numbers (but i do prefer W&N, don't really know exactly why, maybe the way it dissolves?) I also try from time to time some incredible Daniel smith colors (like moonglow or lunar black) but find them a little bit too expensive!
oh... I had no idea so many people use the Winsor&Newton brand... maybe I should try them too?..
because I'm kind of a local patriot (and the local brands are usually cheaper ) I'm using Karmański watercolour set and I adore those vibrant colours recently I'm also trying out Daler Rowney tubes and they both mix up quite nicely still experimenting
I work with the Horadam-series by Schmincke. Its the most common brand in Germany, in other countries I might use other brands. I think you have mor fun when buying few pans of a high quality brand and mix the lacking colors (a good practice ) and slowly building up a personal palette than buying one expensive box with a lot of colors.
I use White Night, but under the name of "Leningrad"... A cheaper version of the same paints. : D They are good quality, and I have a big pleasure to work with them. The only downside for me is that I have in my box set of shades too similar to each other ... a little too much brown. xD I want to buy liquid watercolor Dr. Ph. Martin's, but I can't decide which of the four sets of color I like the most. :>
Long time I never knew that there are other watercolors than Schmincke (very good) and Lukas (little less good). In the last years I found many others I like and make my own watercolor boxes with them. I have some wonderful color intensive Mijello Gold Watercolors. I liked that they were inexpensive. I am a huge fan of Daniel Smith watercolors. The mixed pigment ones and the wonderful Green gold and especially the granulating colors and some of the Primatek colors. And then there is special stuff like Greenleaf and Blueberry, I have some of these. And the next plan is to make some watercolors of my own Exciting!
Because we had a member before you who's reply was also Leningrad, I looked it up and found the answer: "Yarka, Leningrad, St. Petersburg, and White Nights watercolors are absolutely the same, just different box designs and target markets."
I personally have no experience with Royal Tales, Rembrandt watercolors, but if you saw in the previous comments by our members many also use their Van Gogh watercolors and are happy with using them.
Nie ma się co wstydzić. Nieźle sobie radzisz z tą Astrą! ^^ Jak ktoś potrafi malować to i sokiem z buraka stworzy arcydzieło. Osobiście mój cały warsztat mieści się w małym kartoniku, z którym wędruje po domu szukając miejsca do rysowania.. może kiedyś dorobię się warsztatu z prawdziwego zdarzenia, w którym będzie coś więcej niż jedno pudełko akwareli (czego i Tobie życzę!! :>).... ehhh.... marzenia. *.*
dzięki ♥ wiesz ja jestem zdania, że ważniejszy jest dobry papier i pędzel jeśli już w coś koniecznie inwestować. bo na kijowym papierze to i najdroższe i najlepsze akwarele się nie popiszą :d a co do soku z buraka - malowałam kiedyś sokiem pomidorowym xD
nie no ja na miejsce do bazgrania nie mogę narzekać. życzę Ci abyś wkrótce sama dorobiła się takiego o jakim Ci się marzy - należy Ci się jesteś w mojej ścisłej czołówce jeśli chodzi o inspirujących artystów z deva
O tak, dobry pędzel to podstawa!! Spróbuj coś namalować tą miotłą, którą dodają do farbek dla dzieci.. jak dla mnie to okrutny prank producentów na dzieciakach. :/ Jakiego papieru używasz, jeśli można wiedzieć? :> Sokiem z pomidora nie malowałam jeszcze. XD Za to bardzo lubię malować kawą. :3
O dziękuję. Mobilny warsztat w sumie wcale nie jest taki zły... czasem uda mi się zawędrować do ogrodu, a malowanie na kocu pod drzewem to chyba moje ulubione zajęcie.
Never be ashamed of your art materials ...they are your babies, your friends
I can understand you don't feel comfortable telling the "brand" you use, because it's not a famous one. Astra, Crayola...don't worry. If they are good enough to make some paintings than they are ok. Wish you lots of happy painting
Who ever started from scratch and likes to do art will understand... It's not a competition. The ones who like to make fun of other people's art materials aren't true artists...we should help each other, not make fun of each other.