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Not sure if I should post this here, so I also posted it in the Art Product Reviews section.

Over a four day period, I did relatively the same landscape, but used a different brand of watercolor paint each day.


They are numbered by the days I did them.  On the 4th day, I added the ink line with the wash. That one  may look the best because I was getting better at it each time, or the line and wash just makes the elements of the painting stand out better.  Not sure which.  I really enjoyed doing this.  Now I have a good idea of how my different brands compare.


The composition was not too good as the two trees on the left seem to overpower the rest of the scene.  I like my stand of trees on the right in the #3 painting best.  The one in #4 would have looked better if I had not made the ink lines so predominant.

! - Holbein Artist 12-color tube set of Gouache
2. DaVinci Travel Tin - 12 colors
3. QOR - loose tubes
4. Koi (Sakura) Watercolor Field Sketch Box

Best part is that each has a pretty decent section that I can cut out to use on a small card.

Your thoughts, please.

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Reply #1 on: August 05, 2017, 11:45:08 AM
I have a preference for #1 and #4. Guess you weren't so bad first time out after all!  ;)      ;D
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Reply #2 on: August 05, 2017, 06:28:36 PM
I like the definition of numbers 1& 4 too. Mea, I love your small paintings, but somehow I always seem to get stuck trying to finish big ones.... I will get around to it,  I will, I will! It's a great idea redoing the same subject several times. I have done it  with 2"x4" thumbnails trying to teach myself clouds, but that was a while ago... Do keep showing yours, please. Your commentary on your process is really useful.
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Reply #3 on: August 05, 2017, 09:05:06 PM
Thanks, Linley.  Happy it was helpful.  I've had it up for 36 hours and you are the first to comment.

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Reply #4 on: November 13, 2017, 05:46:48 PM
I wish you also did Winsor & Newton watercolor paints. Reason is because I'm going to invest into this brand and I'd like to hear any pros and cons about the artists quality paints.

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Reply #5 on: November 13, 2017, 06:44:55 PM
Rick,

I only use W&N paints for practice stuff.  My preferred paints are Daniel Smith, Golden QOR, and DaVinci.

I have a 12-tin set of DaVInci which I take for plein air and travel.  Love it.  Not sure they make that set anymore though.  Think I got it in a close out sale.

Three favorite colors are verditer blue (pure clean blue - a PBer mentioned it and now it is my basic blue for sky and mixing.); Chrome oxide green - again something another PBer mentioned - really great green; and Quinacridone GOLD.   The blue and green I got from Daniel Smith and the Quin Gold is Golden QOR.

Hope you something you like.
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Reply #6 on: November 15, 2017, 03:44:15 AM
Hi Rick, I use W&N artist quality (Professional as they are now called) exclusively. I do have a few Daniel Smith I bought to try and a few others, but always ended up coming back to my W&N Professional. I think it boils down to a matter of preference which can only be decided by trying a few and see what appeals to you.
The main thing I love about the W&N, is that the consistency of colour and quality is always the same and I know the results of my mixes will be consistent.
Plus another huge factor, especially for me, is they are accessible in all but the remotest places I have traveled so far. I may not be able to get exactly what I want each time, but at least I know they are about.
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Reply #7 on: November 15, 2017, 04:50:17 AM
 :thankyou: , Mea. I looked into Danial Smith and the other two paints but found them to be at least twice the price of W&N. Can't afford those, unfortunately.

Hellooooooooooooooooo, Val.  :)
Thank you. My plans are to get some good quality paints that are relatively affordable and W&N aren't too awfully bad. I can buy 3 or 4 tubes a month or so till I get what I want and still have enough money left over to buy food that month.  :2funny:
I also bought some 300lb paper (Arches Block) to try out. Man, that stuff is expensive. Like 2$ a sheet... 9x12. Sheesh!  :heeha:
I want to start painting again after being sick these past couple years.  :envy:
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Reply #8 on: November 15, 2017, 02:20:29 PM
Sorry to hear you have been ill Rick. Hope you are well past it and well now.  :flowers:

The 300# is too rich for my blood!  :cost:   I use the Arches 140# Not. I find it's a good all round paper. I don't do anything with realistic enough detail to worry about it.

Just enjoy it and have fun!  :yippee:
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Reply #9 on: November 15, 2017, 03:25:30 PM
Does Rick mean 300gm Arches paper, which is the same as 140lb?


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Reply #10 on: November 15, 2017, 11:02:42 PM
No I don't. I mean 300lb Arches block 640 gm.

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Reply #11 on: November 16, 2017, 12:52:12 AM
Hi Rick
I too W&N watercolour paints and find them very good. I started with the cotman ones as they are cheaper  and am slowly buying the professional tubes.
Arches is the best paper you can buy but I  would only use your 300lb (640gsm)  when you want to do a final painting as it is too expensive. With that thicknesses you usually don't have to tape the paper down to stop it buckling. 
Use 140lb or less for practising   
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Reply #12 on: November 16, 2017, 07:30:45 AM
 :thankyou: Teresa. Yes, those are my plans.  O0 It's way too expensive for doodling around with.  :2funny:
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