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Holbein Artists' Watercolors are imported from Japan, a country with the oldest professional watercolor tradition in the world. Japanese colors have always been renowned for their brilliance, and Holbein continues in the same tradition.
For more than a century, the Holbein color laboratories have produced a full-range palette of transparent watercolors that not only achieve world-class standards in lightfastness and color vigor, they also retain their clean, crisp, brilliant characteristics over long periods of time.
In addition to the pigments that are traditionally used in European art, the Holbein watercolor collection contains many exceptional and brilliant colors that are not found in other watercolor lines.
Holbein does not contain ox-gall or any other dispersants that inhibit optimum brush handling qualities. This makes Holbein ideal for painting in the Japanese watercolor tradition, where brushstrokes are often preserved. Holbein is the perfect choice for fine detail work such as lettering and scrolling.
Color Chart Note — Use this color chart as an approximation of the real color. If exact color matching is necessary, use actual samples of the materials.
Holbein Basic Color Groups
Red — Brilliant Pink, Brown Madder, Cadmium Red Deep, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Orange, Cadmium Red Purple, Carmine, Cherry Red, Crimson Lake, Opera, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Red, Permanent Rose, Rose Madder, Scarlet Lake, Shell Pink, Vermilion, and Vermilion Tint
Yellow — Aureolin, Brilliant Orange, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Yellow Lemon, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Orange, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Gamboge Nova, Greenish Yellow, Indian Yellow, Jaune Brilliant #1, Jaune Brilliant #2, Lemon Yellow, Naples Yellow, Permanent Yellow Deep, Permanent Yellow Lemon, and Permanent Yellow Orange
Green — Bamboo Green, Cadmium Green Deep, Cadmium Green Pale, Cobalt Green, Cobalt Green (Yellow Shade), Compose Green #1, Compose Green #2, Compose Green #3, Emerald Green, Green Gray, Hooker’s Green, Leaf Green, Olive Green, Permanent Green #1, Permanent Green #2, Permanent Green #3, Sap Green, Shadow Green, Terra Verte, Viridian, and Viridian Tint
Blue — Blue Gray, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Cobalt Blue Hue, Cobalt Turquoise Light, Compose Blue, Horizon Blue, Indigo, Manganese Blue, Marine Blue, Peacock Blue, Prussian Blue, Royal Blue, Turquoise Blue, Ultramarine Deep, Ultramarine Light, and Verditer Blue
Holbein New Concept Colors
Dick Blick offers Holbein's complete line of 108 colors, including Holbein's 24 New Concept colors. Each New Concept color is intended to enhance the artist's treatment of specific subject matter. These new colors augment Holbein's traditional palette of 84 colors.
Holbein recognizes that each Artist develops a preference for certain colors that become an individual and preferred palette for most subject matter. The new colors are notable for their lightfast and physical permanence, both individually and in mixture. They offer exceptional chroma levels and outstanding brush handling qualities on high quality watercolor papers.
Basic Colors — Colors to enrich an artist's basic palette: Gamboge Nova, Brilliant Orange, Cherry Red, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Lavender, and Titanium White.
Landscape Colors — Colors to enrich landscape, mountains, and forests: Bamboo Green, Cobalt Green (Yellow Shade), Leaf Green, Mars Yellow, Umber, and Shadow Green.
Festive Colors — Colors to embellish any subject with a warm festive feeling: Gold, Silver, Brilliant Pink, Shell Pink, Rose Violet, and Bright Rose.
Sky Colors — Colors to enhance skies at the rising and setting of the sun: Horizon Blue, Cobalt Turquoise Light, Lilac, Royal Blue, Marine Blue, and Bright Violet (Luminous).
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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Great art starts with professional quality paint.
from Georgetown, Texas
Comments about Holbein Artists' Watercolor Sets:
The right choice for intensity and permanence of color with superior transparency.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Well designed and easy to us
This is a really comprehensive travel set and, being tubes, you're not going to run out any time soon. The Holbein watercolours are great but you can also fit W&N tubes in if you subsequently want to change brands.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Wonderful paints, and they stay moist
The quality of these paints is excellent. Great pigment, great colors and I love the fact that they stay moist for a long time. Unlike with some other tube paints, I rarely have trouble opening older used tubes.
(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)
By jane grace
Holbein colors have no ox gall so they won't clog my spray bottles. The colors start bright and stay bright. except for rose most are very lightfast.
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Perfect travel set.
By Sunny Dar
from Palm Bay, FL
I travel for business and this is the perfect travel set for me. It is compact and includes everything you need!
(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)
Big Fan of Holbein Watercolor Paint!
from Los Angeles, CA
I've been a fan of Holbein watercolors for years. Love the saturation of color. If you like glazing with watercolors… you may be pleasantly surprised, with the beautiful depth of color you can achieve.
from Fleming Island, FL
These artist professional grade watercolors are just wonderful! You will love them and will want more of them for your palette. I especially like purchasing the larger tube at a better value.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
They really are the best!
By Elaine the watercolourist
from British Columbia, Canada
I recently received my order of "Holbein Watercolors", and I am so excited. They have such strong, bold colours, but they mix together to produce clean clear colours. These water colours are easy to work with, and give even the newest painters excellent results. I would totally recommend this brand of watercolours whether you are a student or a professional painter.
Holbein Artists' Watercolor Tubes
By Clumsy in a Kilt
from Bellevue, WA
Holbein's special colors—brilliant orange, brilliant pink, horizon blue, etc. give a smooth wash and excellent brightness.
(31 of 31 customers found this review helpful)
Superior grade watercolors
from Springfield, IL
I paint watercolor everyday, and Holbein paints are my favorite. I know the colors will flow and blend well, granulation will be in sedimentary colors, and the tubes are sturdy. The lids will not break with repeated use. I can re-hydrate and add fresh paint to semi-dry and there will be no problems. I love this paint.
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