Yesterday we went to the local mall because the weather was too bad to go out, we had coffee and a walk around and, of course, we visited the art shop. They had one new interesting thing: White Nights watercolors. They are Russian and therefore cheaper than other fine watercolor brands. I bought a 24 pan box.
Last night I made some swatches:
They are very pigmented, except the browns, which are a bit pale. They mix nicely too, mixes of green and blue being my favorite, of course. The only thing I really do not like is that they did not come in a plastic or metal box, but in the cardboard with plastic insert, so even though I can cover them now, the paper will eventually tear, leaving them with no protection. I do have a big metal box I use for my other ‘orphan’ pans, so I will need to attach a magnet on the bottom of the pans and put them there. Not a big deal, but still…
This morning I painted a new girl in She Thinks Positive Journal. It was done entirely with these paints:
I find them very staining, opaque, and hard to lift, so they are a bit unforgiving. They will require some getting used to, but I think it will be worth it because I really like the vibrancy. I will try diluting them more, which will require use of a separate palette, due to afore mentioned cardboard packaging. I have yet to try them on real watercolor paper. This in my journal is just sketching paper with a layer of gesso, not really the ‘right’ surface for wet media.
Today I am traveling and will take them with me to use next week. Let’s see what happens.
2 responses to “New Watercolors”
Beautiful painting. I’ve thought about those paints before but didn’t know anyone who had used them.
Thanks Laura! They are very good, I am sure you can get them in the US for even better price than here in EU. If you plan on using watercolors and like them vibrant, these are very good option.