Review – Nicholson´s Peerless Transparent Watercolors


testing watercolours
Over the last few days, I have been in a creative process that has taken up a lot of my time. It has taken priority over chores such as washing up, tidying up, laundry, etc. My kitchen, living room and bedroom are a bit of a mess, but you have to break eggs if you want to make an omelet. I will catch up on the chores tomorrow.
I just got a fun commission from the town hall, they are organizing a summer festival, and, at the last minute, they asked me if I could do some nice small illustrations for this festival.
I am using this as an opportunity to test some watercolors that I got from Jane Davenport watercolors called “Nicholson´s Peerless Transparent Water Colours”

testing watercolours

They are made by soaking clear, brilliant, concentrated pigments into card swatches and each swatch is hand-made! These watercolors are so vibrant and yet transparent. They are pigment-rich and flow easily. And today they were perfect for painting my flower.

testing watercolours


They came in a nice little sachets, each containing 60 swatches ( each about 4 by 6 cm  = 1.5″ by 2″). This must be the lightest watercolor “box” you can get.

To make them easy to use, I cut about 1/4 of each swatch and glued them onto a sheet of cardboard. Then I added a brushstroke of each watercolor above the swatch so I can see what color it produces. You can see the result in the photos above.


I really like them because they combine transparency with vibrant colors and I really like the fact that it is just small rich pigments on little cards, that you can put inside your sketchbook and bring absolutely everywhere. The only downside for me is is that I can’t order them from a local source and found the shipping a bit pricey. But you may be able to find a source near to you.


18 thoughts on “Review – Nicholson´s Peerless Transparent Watercolors

  1. An interesting watercolor set- never came across card swatches like that. I absolutely adore the flower painting though- the color is gorgeous!

  2. Lovely flower painting – so delicate! Love the watercolour portrait too. Great idea for the watercolour paints – easy to carry around. 😊. Thanks for the follow Magny. It’s much appreciated. I am following your lovely blog now too. Have a happy day. 😊

  3. Lovely to meet you – I’m wow’d by your work. It’s just awesome. Thank you for stopping by my blog and now following. Looking forward to seeing more of your work!!

    1. That it means a lot that you nominate me :)!!! I am still new in here and are not jet sure what to do or who to nominate. But thanks anyway 🙂

      1. No worriess… It was my first nomination myself I am still new here as you. I nominate you because you deserve it because I really love your work… 🙂

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