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Kuretake ZIG GANSAI TAMBI watercolor set (36 Colour Set)

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Some previous reviewers commented that they found the colours slighty thicker and with less ‘flow’, but having played around with various amounts of water, I found that I can get them to behave like western watercolours. Each box also includes a color chart so you can swatch the colours yourself and distinguish between them quickly. I began by swatching the watercolours and I was immediately struck by how easily my brushes could pick up this gel-like pigment. Gansai paints are similar to traditional Western watercolor, but they don’t act or look quite the same.

I really love how Japanese palettes often contain bright purples and pastel hues that are so rarely seen in Western watercolour palettes.

I split these further into ‘wet mixes’ and ‘wet on dry base’ to see if the colours behaved differently and if so, how. I like the fact you can make colours as opaque or transparent as you want without losing the richness of colour. I really enjoyed working with these paints and it was also an eye-opening experience using oriental brushes for the first time. Whether you already paint with traditional watercolours or not, we are sure that you will love using Akashiya Gansai.

The set comes in an attractive mustard-yellow fabric box, making it a perfect gift for someone with an artistic side. Matte Primary colours (CRIMSON, ULTRAMARINE, BRILLIANT YELLOW) with Neon equivalent (NEON RED, NEON BLUE, NEON YELLOW). The case is that when they get mixed lose completely their vibrancy and colour strength and I really don’t know the reason for this to happen. VERDICT – The metallic collours are very shiny when dry and also very opaque, covering a few mistakes I made with a matte colours very well. This makes very difficult to control the values of the work, while the final results lack the brilliancy and saturation that someone would expect from such brilliant and heavily saturated colour swatches as those at the photo above.Choosing Keeping's own take on this traditional Japanese painting material, this selection of 20 colours has been put together especially for depicting springtime blossoms and other botanical forms. Despite both being deemed “watercolours”, Chinese/Japanese watercolours are a completely different ball game to the standard Western watercolours you and I have grown to love, from their creation process to the appearance on paper. The colors were meant to match the natural colors of the Japanese landscape, and while most are very similar to what you would find in Western paint boxes, many are slightly different. The paints don’t flow like Western watercolors, giving good control but limiting wet-on-wet effects.

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