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 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.
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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