Unboxing: Schmincke Horadam Watercolor Set

My other watercolor investment for this year was getting for myself as another “birthday gift” was the 12 color Schmincke Horadam Watercolor Set. It is an artist-grade set heralding from Germany. It is one of the top brands in watercolor and you can understand why I’ve wanted it for so long. The thing is, when I bought it, it wasn’t readily available here in the Philippines. Now, Art Nebula carries the same set, as well as the student-grade counterpart – Akademie and individual paint pans. I can now extend this set to a more versatile color palette.
The set I bought had 12 full pans in a metal case that is very similar to the Sennelier set. Unlike the French paints though, the watercolor paints carried by the Schmincke brand is bound by Kordofan Gum Arabic from the southern Sahara region and a mix of Oxgall to aid with the flow.
I wasn’t kidding when I called this purchase an investment because the set is quite pricey. However, since these are artist-grade paints, even just a pin prick of pigment goes a long way. So these full pan sets can last me a very long time. Here’s the color swatches from this set.
As you can see, the colors are more muted than vibrant. I probably only used a dab of paint the size of a pin head to make these swatches. Amazing right? That’s how you can tell what quality your watercolors are. Here’s a few practice pieces.
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Schmincke Horadam Watercolor Set