Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set Review pt 211/27/2016 12:41:00 AM
As promised, here’s the second part of my review for the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set. Here’s what I’ve observed when painting with this watercolor set. The paint in the pans are semi-moist. You can easily pick up the color with your brush and as I’ve already mentioned, these are highly pigmented paints but one observation is that no matter how bright the colors might seem in the pan, they are always a bit duller on paper.
For example, take a look at the red and yellow swatches I made. The swatch on the left are diluted onto the palette with a fair amount of water. Notice the blooms? While the swatches on the right were painted straight from the pans. The colors are noticably darker but still maintains a transparent quality.
When used as a wash, the Kuretake Gansai Tambi performs very well. The first wash involves a little bit of blending, wet on wet. The paint doesn’t immediately dry up upon application on paper so a wet on wet blending is ideal. The paint also allows layering and glazing as seen on the last paint swatch.
One last observation is that there are times when the paint, when applied a bit too thickly, retains some of it’s glossy finish. At times, it dries up a bit chalky. I think it all depends on the amount of water you use and on which color. All in all, the set is a pretty good buy. I love the large pans and the fact that you can buy individual refills for each paint. If you’re looking to upgrade your student grade set but you’re not that flexible budget wise, I recommend getting this set.
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