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.