(FYI, this blog is reposted but I have added some new information.)
Peerless Transparent Watercolors
My living room and bedroom are a bit of a mess, but today art gets the priority. I will catch up on the chores tomorrow.
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. The set is also perfect for travel journals, you just put the cardboard swatch in between the pages of your sketchbook and off you go. There is no liquid so they are so light and can’t spill.
This is what Nicholsons say about their products: “We have been providing the best in watercolors since 1885. Our Watercolor products provide the finest in rich, vibrant colors that have a myriad of uses and applications. So if you are looking for the best in both dry sheet and bottled liquid watercolors, you have come to the right place.”
“Our heavily coated leaflets are 100% non-toxic and will never ‘go bad’. The handmade process has been handed down for over 130 years, and continues to create an amazing product!”
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. I have the beautiful set of 60 hand-selected colors chosen by the artist Jane Davenport from Austrailia.
This set contains 54 colors from the Complete Edition and some bonus colors that are not found in any other sets. This Jane Davenport Peerless Artist Edition is $49, but there are other sets as well. If you would like to order the Peerless Artist Edition outside the US use this page for shopping.
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 exactly what color it produces. You can see the result in the photos above.
I really like the Peerless Transparent Watercolors 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 everywhere.
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