I’m happy with my travel case from Sennelier.
I recently cleaned it and changed out two colors.
There is one little thing: It doesn’t fit into my small purse.
I know, artists are always fussing, right? But it is about 11-inches long and
it lives happily next to the bed — it is my bedside case.
And yet, I have been dragging it along when I plan on painting outdoors,
but only when I take my large BRIGHT MARIGOLD sketch bag!
Then a FB mixed media gal talked about her collection of watercolor kits, and
one caught my eye because it was so cheap! It wasn’t the watercolors — I assumed they would be student grade or worse — but the metal case was nice. I bought Prima Marketing Watercolor Confections: Decadent Pies just for the travel case.
The case is fantastic!
When you figure how much many other *ahem, unnamed* paint/case combos are, how can you not buy this one for $15.86? Two nice mixing wells for a juicy wash, four smaller wells for smaller mixes, and it can hold 21 half pans (ask me how I know… )
And it has a thumb ring-holder-thingie if you use that….
Now to the paints. None are transparent, and transparent floats my boat.
(Another post coming.)
Most are muddy, and I think it is a muddy that comes from cheap paints,
with the exception of #36 (blue), #34 (green-gold), and #30 (dried blood).
What really annoys me though, and why I can’t recommend the PAINTS
(but buy it for the dang case!!!!):
1) They are numbered, not named, so no clue to what is in them
2) They don’t TELL you pigment content
3) They don’t tell you if they are fugitive (assume they are)
4) They called mine “Decadent Pies”and many are iridescent!
(They should at least tell you that… What about pie is shiny and metallic?)
BTW, I did buy two more colors because I bought the cases for travel.
I kept the Prima Tropical colors for fun. Not so grainy. Prima Classics was a mixed bag.
I imagine the Shimmering Lights are no worse than most silly shimmer paints.
I did not try the Pastel Colors — I imagine they’d be chalky.
Tip: If you decide to use them up, put them in another order.
Prima knows nothing about painting, and put the dark colors right up next to the pale colors, which means they will end up mixing and ruining the pale paints.
I rarely use metallic (iridescent) paints because of the shine factor.
As you can see in the top photo, it glares in images. But out of these I like
#27 (bronze) and find #29 (white) intriguing.
I played around with them mixing all but the silver in a heavy #32 terra cotta color —
and #27 (copper) loses itself pretty fast (far left), but the white (far right)
and bronze (center) hold their own in the muddy terra cotta.
I said I’d use it as is for awhile…. HAH!
I hated the colors, and the box was calling me, saying, “purse size…. purse size.”
Yesh, boxes do that in the middle of the night.
I loaded my Sennelier half pans + a few of the Prima colors,
and filled my little Prima travel pan to the hilt!!!!
I really am doing a happy dance, and I also bought another one today —
the Tropical colors for $19.10. I am sure they too will be mediocre,
but I plan on taking them out and putting nine of my favorite Primateks for travel.
And here is the other thing about having a few small travel pans in different palettes:
I find that I can decide what to take for what venue.
IF I am heading out and know I am going to Urban sketch or head into the country,
I can pack all the small ones. Or just drop the one above into my bag always.
So what did I do with the iridescents? I have a teeny case that Cathy Johnson sent me loaded with some Yarka sample paints (long integrated), and I’ve been keeping a few mixing colors in them, but it turns out it had just enough space to squeeze the four iridescents and one other gold-pale-ocre #28 mixing color… WOW what a treat!
One last thing: I don’t like my paints to stay wet when not use, but I am also in a dusty industrial area, so I take a teeny clip and use it to prop the box open just a smidge.
What is on my desk this morning…
I don’t know about you, but looking at artist’s desks satisfies the voyeur in me…
Yes, I really do keep a tidy desk when working on it…
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I am always looking for more compact and better, I am currently using a palette that I kind of hate but continue to use. I need something smaller but not too small and something that seals up once I close it. I do fill it with tube paint though and I have considered pan palettes but rather not deal with it. I am a Daniel Smith junkie and I don’t even know if they sell pans. Sounds like you have it figured out and buying the paints to get to the pan has been the ticket. Love your desk! I need to re organize my studio and get rid of some bulky and not working tables.
Nooooo, buy your pans from Kremer paints — very inexpensive for full or half pans! I only have “pan” paints because I bought the containers! I buy only tubes, and mostly DS.
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right…..hehe…..I got that part and I am happy with filling the wells with paint. I might go with one that is suppose to be “waterproof” and shuts up nice and tight.
Goodness, this is getting scary! I did my w/c master storage… 225 tubes squeezed into Kremer pans. All labeled and magnetically secured in fancy virally tins. Finished it three weeks ago
I had more, then paired down because I simply didn’t use them — gathering dust. I tend to stick to Daniel Smith 90% of the time… Kremer should be a better constructed pan — but then, we pay for it!
If i use the two tracks installed in the box/case, can i still fit pans in between them, where the brush would normally be found? I have a box now that i had to just remove the metal tray with the tracks and put in my half and full pans directly on the bottom of the box with poster tack. ( works so so). Tia..
Hi Zuzala… scroll down and you will see the same box filled with seven extra half-pans. I carry my brushes separately anywho….
I bought the Decadent Pies palette and like the terracotta color, yellow, and green so well I bought another palette since the price is so good, and the palette is nice!
I also bought the Tropicals set, but it arrived used. I’ve still not received the replacement palette. 🙂 So, don’t know what those paints swatch out like. I sure hope I receive promised replacement palette soon! It’s been a LONG time in coming!
It is a great size palette for traveling I agree! I think I’ll have to reorganize the colors in the palette after reading your thoughts about ruining the lighter paints! Thanks for that tip.
It arrived USED???? Wow!
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YES! Every pan unwrapped, and tested! There were spots of dried paint in the mixing wells and a few of the pans had other colors in them like a dirty brush was used to get paint out. I was so disappointed. I contacted the company I purchased it from straight away, sent photos of the palette, and am still waiting for the replacement. They said Prima is sending it…hope it arrives soon!
BTW- I bought package of empty half pans to fill up with tube paint too. They were pretty inexpensive. I think they’re a Whiskey Painter’s brand.
I haven’t tried DS paints, but they’re on my list. I have quite a few brands at the moment so, want to use those up before adding more, but it’s tempting! 🙂
If you bought it from Amazon I would contact them and they will replace it….
When you start to buy DS paints, make sure you go to Kremer and get full or half pans there — a very good price. I prefer full pans but am learning to use these little half pans since they came with the set.
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I wish I had bought it from Amazon! I probably would have received the new palette I ordered from the start.
The second Decadent Pies Palette I did order from Amazon because I had received the used Tropicals palette and the matter wasn’t and still isn’t resolved with the company I bought it from.
Thanks for the Kremer tip! I’m going to the site and bookmark it!
Dang. I usually buy things from stores I want to support and keep in business (like Merriartist) but when it is an oddball thing I buy from Amazon or Blicks.
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I should have too, but I didn’t this time.
I really loved the work desk packed with so many colors.
I love looking at others desks so thought to share mine from time to time!
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The cars do look seductive… The perfect travel case is such a tough thing to find do this is great news… Looooove seeing your desk… Sneaking peeks at desks is delicious!
Yes. Artist porn…. ❤
Oh boy–couldn’t resist a little order for same–but my glitter colors are not as glittery as yours–just a tiny bit of shine and I like them–just did a little color chart–true, they are not transparent, except for the coppery/ light terra cotta color (I didn’t save the #s), but I often use gouache and heavier application so that is okay. I’m enamoured with the little set. Thanks for such a wonderful blog.
You are welcome. Mine are not too glittery or I think I would have passed them on — but they do shine in a flash!