Sunday, July 9, 2017

The Winsor&Newton Cotman Watercolor Review.


Hello welcome back to the blog! Today the post is going to be the first art supply review for this blog. Well since the time I've got this set, which is the Winsor&Newton Cotman Pocket Plus 12 set. I felt like this needed to become a review out of this set being that as many artists, like myself. Usually would look for different kinds of supplies that other artists review or use in their projects.
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 Additional from this "watercolor" paint set review. This month at the moment is the perfect time for this watercolor review as it is actually; World Watercolor Month. This is a July event that is to inspire artists (young and old) from all over the globe, to explore with the medium of watercolor. 

Furthermore the watercolor event was founded by Charlie O'Shields, who is the Creator of Doodlewash. On the site there are many amazing tips for how you can get involve with the World Watercolor Month. So If need anymore information please check out the site and go have some fun with the watercolor medium! ( Also just remember when you want to get involve use the hashtag #WorldWatercolorMonth with your pieces that post anywhere online.)

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Well starting off on the first part of the review; I want to discuss about the outside and inside of the palette case in general. Since this is going to be a major positive and negative area in the review post. So anyway let's get ready with the first part of the review shall we.
The case for first impression is really light weighted and small. Although this makes the set quite easy to carry around when traveling on trips or just hanging indoors when you got know where else to go. Along with that, it also has two palettes for each side, one locks on the bottom side and the other locks down in the top of the case. 
Additionally with the statement above, both palettes do come out at ease for when you want to clean them up after you've finished using them. The palettes also does have a quite good amount of spacing for mixing and laying paint down.
The case is also plastic which makes up why it's very light weight. But along with that, it also has a "blue rubber seal" on the top side and the bottom side of the case. However, this is where I want to talk about the negative part of this review.

The blue rubber seal on the palette case, prevents the whole set from laying properly down on the table. It will only lay down half open; like you can see in the photograph right below. While I still don't know whether this set is suppose to do this, I made a solution anyway to fix what would call an "issue".
So what I've done, is by releasing the rubber seal from both sides and removing it. This helps the whole case to properly lay down flat as it should do when it's a table palette and also when your done with the set you can put the rubber seal back on afterwards at anytime.
It did become somewhat of bother to do this for a while, but I'm getting use to doing this method when I'm using the watercolor set now. Also speaking of the watercolors; I want to now move on and discuss about the half pan paints.
These half pans consist of the 12 colors, which are Cadmium Pale Yellow Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Viridian Hue, Sap Green, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue Hue, Burnt Umber and Chinese White.

But along with the watercolor half pans. The set also has a pocket sized no.5 Cotman Brush as well.
The watercolor half pans additionally, are held in a clasp box that can be removed from the palette case. It's great to have it set like this when it comes to changing out the half pans or just moving them around. However It isn't really that easy to pull the clasp box out of the case, I'll warn you on that one.
There also one other problem I want to inform everyone about the half pans and the clasp boxes. Firstly a few of the watercolor paints did fall out of their pans when I first opened them up. But that situation is a very quick adjustment; by just brushing water underneath the bottom of the watercolor paints.

Next; after about a week later from these photographs above. My mother and I both found that the half pans do slide quite a bit when their in the clasps boxes. So Mother in the end came up with this idea by cutting down a strip of foam down to even amount of smaller pieces so they can fit in the middle of each individual pan.
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Well here we our at the demonstration part of this post. This part were now going to discuss is the basics of the watercolor paints and brushes.

So First off, I want to show a few exsample of what the Winsor&Newton Cotman Brushes that I have with me look like. which are going to be the Cotman Round Brush No.6 size, Cotman Round Brush  No.004 size and the Cotman Rigger Brush No.2 size.

Their sable hair brushes that are quite nice for what I see in them. There was only one hair fiber that wouldn't go back in place (in the Size No.6 Brush) when they were first washed to get rid of the sealant, but otherwise these brushes are worth investing in if you do want great quality brushes. 
Moving on here is a small watercolor color chart of the twelve colors from the set and also four extra tubes of Cotman paint,which are the Lamp Black, Permanent Rose, Cerulean Blue Hue and the Hooker's Green Dark. That are on the chart below.

This color chart if you want to know was done in my recent sketchbook and the brand is the Canson XL Mix Media Sketchbook. With these books they are my mane ones to use being that I use all types of mediums with my traditional artwork. But I also need to inform you that the paints do look different on mixed media then what it looks like in full watercolor pieces like this one right here

Moving along I want to show one demonstration last of what the paints look like in this sketchbook before ending off this review blog post. These two were the first pieces I did with the Winsor&Newton watercolor paints and I really love them for the colors and texture they gave with the paper. 

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Close up of this bird statue with glass flowers.
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Close up of this Rosy Pink Peony flower.
Well I hope the review was informative for everyone, I don't know if this was really great as it's my first time doing this but I hope it's alright enough.

Anyway farewell till next time and I hope you all are having a wonderful day!

All photographs and artwork rightfully belongs to © LadyAnnaVintage 2017  

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