I was gifted these beautiful watercolours for Christmas, they are the Dr PH Martins Radiant Concentrated Watercolour in Set A. they can be purchased various places online such as Local Art Shop, Amazon, Ebay.
There are various sets available, each marked with a letter of the alphabet, my partner bought these for me and decided to buy Set A as I don't have any of these already.
Each bottle is 15ml and has a pipette to dispense the watercolours into a mixing palette, I find the pipettes to be a really convenient way of using the product, and there is no risk of diluting the product inside the bottle.
Set A includes the shades: 1A - Lemon Yellow, 2A - Orange, 3A - Persimmon, 4A - Alpine Rose, 5A - Scarlet, 6A - Cherry Red, 7A - Moss Rose, 8A - Turquoise Blue, 9A - True Blue, 10A - Violet, 11A - Grass Green, 12A - Juniper Green, 13A - Saddle Brown, 14A - Black.
*please note* - the colour of 12A Juniper Green is coming up as being bright blue in the images, it is in fact a teal colour!
As you can see from the swatches above the colours are very clean looking, no cloudy or muddy looking colours.
The shade 13A Saddle brown pulls a little more red than i'd like but this can be easily fixed by adding a small amount of black. The colours are highly pigmented and for these swatches I used about a sixth of a drop, I only lightly touched the pipette to the palette to get enough colour for these swatches, which is incredible.
I will be buying another set of these in the future, but if you're thinking of buying these I would definitely recommend Set A as they have more "basic" colours, which is a great place to start.
the colours dry nicely to matte finish and the colour is very even when dry, there is no powdery residue or shine to these watercolours.
The top two images are my own swatches, the third was found on www.craftcarrot.com and they show a clearer indication of the colours, I was losing daylight when taking the images of the swatches so that's why there is a slight blue tone to them.
I currently use the Dr Ph Martin Bombay Indian Ink regularly, so I hope that these are just as good!
I hope you liked reading the review of Dr Ph Martins Radiant Concentrated Watercolours!
This is the Artists Loft Watercolour palette, I bought it from Hobbycraft for £5 - it was an impulse purchase, the unusual colours lured me in!
The palette has 36 colours and comes with a small paintbrush (which was terrible quality, so I threw it away!)
I did a small swatch of every colour on Winsor and Newtom Smooth Bristol Board, which is very smooth and pure white.
Upon swatching them the colours are definitely unusual, I have never seen pastel colours ready mixed into a watercolour palette before, and I wouldn't call these watercolours at all, they have more of a gouache consistency and they are all opaque, when swatching I used a fair amount of water, and the colour was consistently opaque, almost as if they are all mixed with a little bit of white pigment, certainly not like any other watercolours that I own! They are lovely colours, they apply smoothly and dry to a lovely flat matte finish, although it is a little powdery. However there were a few issues I discovered..
Due to their matte powdery finish, they do smudge if you touch them, for me - this isn't great, as I can be quite clumsy with paint in general! These are a different set of swatches that I wanted to test on!
One major flaw that I found is again because of their powdery texture you cannot use any kind of pen over the top when they are dry, even the best pens bleed over the top of the paint, and as you can see this one even got covered in the powder residue of the paint! It ruined the pen, but I was glad that I found out now instead of potentially at the end of an illustration! I also tried doing the outline first and then using paint on top, they actually covered the outlines proving they do have an element of white pigment in them!
I tested them out further using waterproof drawing ink used on a brush, Windsor and Newton Drawing Ink worked fine if used carefully, but a cheaper ink didn't work at all, that also bled all over the top of the paint.
So, to round up this review, I think they are lovely colours and would be perfect if you wanted some paints to start you off again, or just something to practice with, they would also be great for kids. I was a little disappointed that they aren't really warercolours and are in fact more like gouache paints, and the range of colours means you don't have to actually mix anything to get the purples, pinks and turquoise shades, which could be a plus point for some!
Also the pen-ruining obviously out me off, but if you don't use inks on top of your work, they might be fine for you!