Following my previous post about LeTAO Cheesecake from Japan, I am to do another article which is Japan-related, i.e., to put the famous watercolor brand Gansai Tambi in the spotlight. So what is the first thing that you have to do upon purchase of a watercolor set?
While you have the urge to already use it on practice sets and putting all your ideas on paper, you need to control your excitement and it is still best to do color swatches first. This is to know how the pigments work with water and how they look on paper.
The Kuretake Gansai Tambai set is a professional-quality, artist-grade watercolor. It blends easily and has a smooth consistency. The colors come in individual trays / pans but are not fully filled-up. They produce a vibrant color when put on paper, sometimes a glossy sheen when applied enormously.
I have bought the 24 set which consists of the following colors: White, Black, Scarlet Red, Red, Dark Pink, Wine Red, Purple, Lemon Yellow, Mid Yellow, Light Brown, Brown, Dark Brown, Pale Aqua, May Green, Ocean Green, Mid Green, Olive Green, Green, Turquoise Green, Ever Green, Cornflower Blue, Cobalt Blue, Blue, Deep Blue
What colors are in the 24's but not in the 18-palette: Mid Yellow, Dark Brown, Pale Aqua, Olive Green, Turquoise Green, Ever Green
Additional colors in the 36-set: Bluish Gold, Bright Yellow, Cadmium Red, Carmine Red, Deep Pink, Deep Violet, Gold, Marine Green, Menthol Violet, Orange, Persian Blue, Red, Silver
How do you use the watercolor set?
Crafted with creativity, imagination and blending skills, I think one can already do away with a 12-set (except of course for the metallic colors).
I have yet to create more artwork pieces to review Gansai Tambi in its entirety. For now, enjoy a few samples of loose florals that I made.
What do you think?