And now the review of my favorites of all: Watercolor Confections.
They come in 3 different sets and it's so hard to choose a favorite. First, the Classics, which would be my weapon of choice if I had to pick between the three of them.
The tropicals are so pretty too, and they have my favorite color: Turquoise. The pans are numbered instead of having names and they run from 1 to 36, with 12 on each set.
And the third set is the Decadent Pies. Perfect for when you need more subtle colors and shimmer.
I'm going to be testing all the products in the Prima Watercolor paper and using the Watercolor brushes. Whenever I get a new set of watercolor paintings I do the same thing: I unpack them slowly, like they were chocolate and enjoy each of the colors as if I was eating a new different flavor with each one.
My favorite thing about these sets are the packaging. I love watercolor pans more than tubes because they're so much easier to carry around, specially since I usually work small, so the small palette and the small pans don't bother me at all. The metal tin is sturdy and it reminds me of the Shmincke Watercolor sets, which are very expensive. I think just because of the tin they're totally worth it.
I also love the fact that it has a ring so you can use it as a palette in your hand without the need to put it in a flat surface.
So first I take out the part in which the pans are inserted and take the pans out.
I remove all the colors and unwrap them. I write the number with a permanent marker on the plastic pan and position them in place again. Some people find unpractical this kind of palette because the pans move around if you don't place them correctly. This is very easily fixed. Just push the tabs inwards and then reinsert the pan. If it still moves take it out and push it more until it locks firmly in place.
I take a piece of watercolor paper, write the names or numbers in the same order that they are going to be placed in the palette and make a swatch of each color.
I started with the classics. I apply more pigment to one side of the swatch and then add water and make it run to see its transparency. These colors are very highly saturated, they almost look like gouache so you can play with both and I bet they will last for a loooooong time.
Then it was the turn of the Tropicals.
And the Decadent Pies. Can you see the shimmer?
Of course I couldn't stop there. I had to make something with them. I took one of the Watercolor Pencils and quickly sketched a girl.
And as usual... I got so engaged in the process that I forgot to take pics of the process between the sketch and the girl! By the time I remembered I was already in this step.
I added a few more details and this was the result.
Can you see the shimmer?
I'm really in love with these watercolors! So in love in fact that that I decided to give them to my students in my upcoming workshop. I picked "The classics" as the set that will be included when you sign up for the class.
Yes! You're going to get a brand new set of watercolors that you can take anywhere with you anywhere, a refillable watercolor brush and a small watercolor pad that will help you make your swatches and favorite color combinations. This gift will be available only to the first 50 students that join the online workshop. So hurry up and join me learning and playing with watercolors in "In Love with Frida: A Watercolor Affair"