Continued from Big Changes in My Travel Palette…
After the travel palette sort, and after successfully trading some paints I didn’t want,
I began to look at the paints that have ended up on the sidelines, and wondered about my ability to handle those now that I’ve played with watercolor paints three years.
Wow, only 3 years! Come a long way with near daily practice!
I bought many pretty opaque watercolors
early on which I ended up hating!
These musings lead to an evening where
I pulled pans out I never used and began sorting
*why does this happen late at night?*
I emptied my last two Hahnemühle Postcard tins of their postcards
and turned them ALL into palettes!
As I was brushing colors and playing with the old new colors,
this of course led me to notice strange things about what I owned.
Like notice the various shades of Indian Yellow above?
Yellow, oranger, orangest….
Playing with the opaques I found I handle some,
like the Perinome Orange which I hated before….
So while I prefer transparent, I can handle semi-opaque.
As I sorted, tested and played,
I noticed there were huge
differences in various brands of
the “same” single pigment colors.
I’m not just talking about
variations in pigmented color
paints due to heating a pigment
(Burnt Umber versus Raw Umber),
or various formulas for Quin Gold, (which is another story).
Look at the row of Prussian, Indanthrone, and Indigo above.
MatteoGrilli’s Prussian is saturated pigment compared to Holbein,
which I love and use all the time.
Da Vinci’s Indanthrone is a richer pigment content than Daniel Smith.
Ultramarines on the bottom row: the one by MatteoGrilli is intense pigment,
creamy and gorgeous, whereas Daniel Smith is meh by comparison!
*all paints were equally moistened prior to swatching*
*this is making me reconsider whether i will reach for daniel smith all the time…
hmmm…more on that and paint quality later…*
So many quinacridones!
I am addicted! I will buy them all! Just say the name quinacridone,
whether in the pink/purple tones right, or the gold tones left,
and I want them!
Lovely transparent, brilliant!
*btw, i think one
of my pale pinks is also
a quin with titanium…*
I’m starting to buy the occasional purple, but I am so not a purple gurl.
The Hahnemuhle Postcard tins are perfect for me… I love the postcards
and have no trouble buying them and stealing the tin immediately.
I can also stack them in a small space when I want to clear my desktop for some other activity… Which is better than having a big wheel for me.
*btw, i don’t buy them from Amazon because
I often find things I want from Jackson’s and with a certain amount
there is a reduction in overseas shipping
— but they do sell them at Amazon… and so far no where else in the states!
My Primateks, are still in the same pan.
However, I bought Purpurite and when it gets here then I will have to deal with that too!
I also have had to reschuffle and add a tin because I did some massive trades
and have more Da Vinci paints! It only took a couple more to put me over!
Finally, or at least with this post today,
I was thinking of doing a post on how to use dot cards
but someone sent me this video, below, from Hajra Meeks.
When it is done perfectly why redo it?
I am also following her videos — a new perspective!
I give you a (long) perfect explanation of dot cards use!
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