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Old Holland has been making artist colors since 1664, making it one of the oldest continuously operating companies in the art supplies industry. The company is known for uncompromising adherence to traditional techniques and standards. All color making is done by hand, and all processes are controlled by artists. Pigments are ground in stone rather than metal rollers.
Old Holland Watercolors contain up to twice as much pigmentation as some other "Artist" grade colors. To qualify for the status of "Classic," the greatest possible amount of each pigment is ground in the purest binders. This heavy pigmentation load makes Old Holland the richest and thickest of watercolor paints, and colors have a heavy consistency.
Although Old Holland formulas are very traditional, modern pigments that are more lightfast or less toxic have been substituted for older pigments such as Alizarin Crimson (less lightfast) and Vermilion (which formerly contained mercury). These modern colors are indicated by the word "extra" in the color's name.
Transparent glazing colors are indicated by the word "lake" in the color name. (In other watercolor lines, a "lake" color is a dye that requires an extra vehicle in its binder.)
Old Holland Classic Watercolors come in .20 oz (6 ml) tubes.
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.
® Old Holland is a registered trademark.
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Nothing beats the pigment quality of Old Holland
By Kate of paint
from Clinton , Ny
Comments about Old Holland Classic Artist Watercolors:
High tinting ,quality pigment from one of the greates paint manufacturers !
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I have been working with this product for 30 years and would
from Laguna Beach
The pure pigment gives me the ultimate tranceparenty
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Very lovely watercolor effects.
from Oakland, CA
I consider Old Holland watercolors to be the best of the best.It is perfect for me.
Pretty much my favorite brand of watercolors. Lovely colors ...
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Old Holland Classic Watercolors
from san francisco, ca
Old Holland have become my "go to" watercolors. They are packed with pigment and the colors glow on my paper. Also, have some unusual tints that I can't live without.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Old Holland are my favorite paints for unusual colors.
I use Old Holland as the most colors on my palette. They seem to be stronger colors than other brands. The spread and blend well and are easy to use. It only takes a little to say a lot.
I found it hard to find genuine manganese blue watercolour on line in Australia so finally found it at Blick. Great personal service, easy to use online ordering and quickly dispatched. Very happy to have dealt with Blick and will next time I need something.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Lovely color...Small size
from Charleston, MS
I have ordered Old Holland products in the past and know them to be top quality. This is no different just be aware of the extra small tube size. I didn't give 5 stars only because of the small amount of paint you get.
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
always wanted to try these paints
from greensboro NC
like so far have to use more
(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Dick Blick and Your Wildest Dreams
from Templeton CA
No matter what creative idea I come up with, Blick has the perfect materials to carry it out. Old Hollar Classic Watercolors are deligthtful to use. Not too thin, not too thick. When I buy from Blick it's like the story of the 3 little bears--not too expensive, not too hard too work with, and not too destructible. They're already sorted throw the market of materials to offer those that truly work--the little draft horses of art.
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