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on: February 12, 2018, 11:11:22 PM
Anyone ever heard of "London Colors" by Winsor and Newton?  I found a 35-year old tin of them and many were dried solid in the tubes.  I cut them all open and made my own crude palette. 

Tried them out on my homework for my watercolor class.  I may do it over again with Daniel Smith paints and see if there is much of a difference.


What do you think?

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Reply #1 on: February 13, 2018, 04:30:50 AM
No, Mea, I have never heard of "London Colours" but after 35 years they are still so vibrant which goes to show that W & N have quality paints. I love them.  Thanks for experimenting and confirming my thoughts on their products.


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Reply #2 on: February 13, 2018, 04:41:24 AM
Wow 35yr old paints still beautiful colours. That's the beauty of watercolours they might go solid but just a bit of water and they can be reactivated. Have fun using them.
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Reply #3 on: February 13, 2018, 09:03:29 AM
Thanks, Patricia and TeresaM.

Yes, it seems that age and the drying process have not harmed these colors.  A few were still fluid, so I got to see how thick and creamy rich they were coming out of the tube.   I shall have to post a photo of the crude little palette I made.  So happy I did not throw them out when I found them to be dried out.

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Reply #4 on: February 13, 2018, 01:42:29 PM
 :faint:   Oh my, banish the thought! A couple of tubes I brought back from Canada a few years back were from some of the gear I've had since purchasing them well... let's just say it was a while ago!  ;D    My vine charcoal sticks I bought when I was 10, I recently discovered a small package I had brought back with me that contained a small set of Conte sticks which I bought when I was 12, and two tubes of w/c paint that were of the same era. I have used up all of the w/c and some of them I used in Dennis' early lessons. No degradation in colour at all.

I am quite excited over finding the Conte to use for sketching for my pastels. So take note everyone, as with people, there are some art products that may be old, but can be rejuvenated with a little rubbing or a good soaking! Both of which I enjoy immensely!  ;)    :2funny:

Sorry, got a bit off topic there!  :whistle:   The colours in your trees are wonderfully bright, and I think well painted.  O0   I wouldn't hesitate to use them.
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Reply #5 on: February 13, 2018, 01:51:48 PM
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Well, I guess I am not the only one who comes upon long-hidden treasure.

The only drawback to these is the odor.  Noticed the same smell in our watercolor class the other day when a woman asked the teacher to use her Japanese paints.  Chemical smell - not sure what from.

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Reply #6 on: February 13, 2018, 03:41:27 PM
I went and sniffed a couple of the paintings I used them on.... nothing. I don't remember any noticeable smells from the paints.  May have to do with the original formulation?   :confused:
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Reply #7 on: February 13, 2018, 10:30:35 PM
Here is my rather crude palette.  One was stuck in the tube so I left it that way. Some were still fluid so I squirted them in to the little rounded trays.


Hey, they work.  Main thing!

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Reply #8 on: February 14, 2018, 12:02:23 PM
Good for you Mea, that is an interesting looking palette.
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