Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set Review pt. 1

This post is part one of two to give a more in-depth review of this watercolor set.
One of the first watercolor sets that I wished so much for was the Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set. Ever since I saw it on my Instagram explore feed, I wanted it. It had this huge full pans and bright appealing colors. That was why I wanted it. Unfortunately, during the time I saw it, it wasn’t readily available here in Manila so I had to wait for the online art stores to sell it here. When I saw an online art store finally selling it, I immediately bought a set. My first was an 18 color set that I wanted to try first before buying the full 36 color one. I was very happy with my initial trial. It was definitely a step-up from the Prang and Pebeo sets that I was using at home. When I finally had the money, I bought the 36 color set and that’s what I’ll feature in this post. The Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 color Watercolor set is packaged in this beautiful olive green box.
Open it up and on the backside of the top cover, you’ll see a grid where you can swatch samples of the paint. Granted that the text labels are in Japanese, there’s a corresponding number to each paint for easier identification.
See how vibrant the colors are and how shiny? It just really makes me giddy, wanting to just dip my brush there and just paint.
I read somewhere that the paints have been left to dry in these pans for several days that’s why production takes a bit longer. The pans are double the size of a normal full pan of watercolor paint. However, it is only around 5mm high and it’s not filled up to the brim. However, the paints are highly pigmented and this full pan can easily last you a long while.
Here’s the full swatch of the colors from the Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 color Watercolor set. The first rows are the full colors while the second row below it are the diluted versions.
I’ll do a more detailed review of the paints in terms of hues, values and saturation in my next post. In the meantime, here are some of my lettering works using this set.
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Stay tuned for the second part of this review.

Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolor Set Review

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