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Kuretake ZIG GANSAI TAMBI watercolor set (36 Colour Set)

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akane-iro - Madder rose - madder is one of the earliest pigments, traditionally derived from madder root and first used by the ancient Egyptians. Before receiving the Kissho Gansi Watercolours as a gift, the only gansi I had ever tried was brand-leader Kuretake Gansai Tambi. So after some thought I decided to purchase the 12 watercolours box because it contains a classical range of colours that I think that suits better to my painting and sketching style. The paints harmonize beautifully, offering a versatility that allows for both subtle nuances and bold, expressive strokes.

Conversely, gansai traditionally uses animal glue as a binder, however most modern Japanese gansai brands favour glucose (or beeswax, glue, starch etc. Gansai have a glossier finish than Western watercolours, especially in areas where they are applied generously. Less layers this time ( I didn’t bother that much ) and again all the mixes I did were weak in colour and dried quite dull and three to four tones lighter than I expected. Some people say they have a pastel-like finish, but to my eye, the finished paintings look more like acrylic.

I can’t believe I have such an awesome mentor and once my world quits falling apart … lolol … I will be back here posting again ;). I’m not sure how useful the metallics would be for everyday use and would probably recommend they were taken out of this kit and replace with some useful matte colours like a rose pink, a limey ‘spring’ green and a scarlet.

I wanted to see if it is possible to create Western-style art with Eastern paints, and I was not disappointed! Moving away from the paints for a second, I’d love to see the neons available in the Mozart Single Brush Pen set as I think they’d be really useful in terms of the colour ‘loading’ techniques that the brush pen set allows.

Japanese colours are inspired by nature, there is usually a large selection of blues and greens in gansai palettes.

Koubai - Japanese Apricot - also known as Japanese plum, this colour is named after much beloved subject matter for painting and poetry in East Asia.The Gansai Tambi Japanese watercolour paint set from Kuretake comes with 18 traditional Japanese colours, designed for use by professional artists and enthusiasts alike.

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