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Made using an exclusive binder that provides more pigment with every stroke, QoR Modern Watercolors have all the subtlety, transparency, and flow of a great traditional watercolor, yet the colors embody the fire and vibrance of the best acrylic or oil paint — even after drying. It's fair to say QoR's color strength, range, and versatility are simply unmatched in the history of watercolors.
Made by Golden Artist Colors, a legendary American paint maker, QoR (pronounced "core") Modern Watercolors were developed with input by leading watercolor artists. The name comes from a technical acronym meaning "Quality of Results." Artists can choose from 83 high-intensity colors and experience:
This exceptional performance is thanks to Golden's unique polymer binder called Aquazol, which is exclusive to QoR. Not only does it enable incredible color effects, it offers greater flexibility and resistance to cracking than traditional watercolor binders.
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Great carbon black
By Kat O'
from Worcester, MA
Comments about Golden QoR Modern Watercolors:
I have only tried the carbon black so far, but it is wonderfully rich, workable, and varied. It does not dry flat or dead as other dark watercolors tend to do.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By Avis Artist
from Washington, D.C.
These watercolors are indeed modern and exquisite colors. They really are in a league of their own. It's hard to compare them to top brands such as Daniel Smith, etc. because the colors are so wonderfully different. Stunning but not too intense. I've made 'full pans' out of the all of the QoR watercolors and created beautiful portraits and landscapes.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
QOR WATERCOLOR PAINTS
By Kay B
The Blick site on line was easy to use which is most helpful when you are somewhat less then apt working with computers. The QOR watercolor paints are excellent and produce avery vibrant and saturated color
from Tucson, AZ
My Dick Blick order was great. The paints are wonderful, and when I goofed on using a gift card, a customer service rep was there to help me VERY fast. They made it all so easy to straighten out! I love the products and the customer service I received from Dick Blick.
(6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
Too Expensive but very nice paint
from Kansas City
I bought all three 6-tube sets when they temporarily dropped the price of the sets a bit last summer. I'm a beginning watercolorist and along with a few Sennelier pans these were among my first watercolors. I liked the paints very much. QOR's Sap Green in particular is a standout. I saw a lot of criticism on YouTube of the large metal tins these tiny tubes came in, but I still use my three tins for paint tube storage and sometimes as spare palettes. The main reason I didn't stick with QOR is because they are way too expensive. I can buy a 21 ml tube of Sennelier's Sap Green for a lot less money than the 11 ml tube of QOR Sap Green costs. And Sennelier makes gorgeous watercolors, so I'm not just being cheap. The price of QOR paints isn't justified in my opinion. I'm not sorry I tried QOR. If they ever make larger tubes and drop the price by a LOT, I will give them another look.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Beautiful, vibrant colors
By The teacher.
from Moorhead, MN
Very happy with QOR! Colors dry very slowly on the palette. Re-wet and paints are good right away instead of minutes of soaking like Windsor Newton. Try to avoid any type of lifting technique. The color clings to the paper. It makes layering easy. Having good paint like this makes a really big difference to a new watercolor painter.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
brilliant and versatile
from Seattle, WA
These Qor paints are deliciously intense and supremely rewettable. So while they do not "stay" wet like those paints that contain glucose (which presents other difficulties) they rewet almost instantly, making them truly useful and a pleasure to use. Their brilliance and intensity means a little goes a long way. Blick also has the best prices for Qor I've seen.
QoR colors are my favorite.
from Lakeport CA
I am a water color artist and teach water color painting on a regular weekly schedule.I like the vibrant colors and the way the pigment behaves on paper. Since QoR is new to me I am still experimenting with how to get the most out of this product.Since the colors are so vibrant it take some precaution with how to adjust the strength of color.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Very intense colors
These are very high-quality watercolor paints. The colors are very dark and intense out of the tube, so a little goes a long way. They also re-wet easily on the palette.I'm relatively new to watercolors and I've tried QoR, Daniel Smith, Holbein, Cotman, and Colors of Nature, but I ended up switching to predominantly QoRs on my palette. They're more expensive than other brands but the density of color can't be beat.
QoR delicious colors
By Crittermom 7
Transparent, deep, rich colors. When thinned out, the colors are still rich and vibrant.
Made by Golden Artist Colors, QoR Watercolors are made using an exclusive binder that provides more pigment with every stroke. QoR Modern Watercolors have all the subtlety, transparency, and flow of a great traditional watercolor, yet the colors embody the fire and vibrance of the best acrylic or oil paint — even after drying.
This exceptional performance is thanks to Golden's unique polymer binder called Aquazol, which is exclusive to QoR. Not only does it enable incredible color effects, it offers greater flexibility and resistance to cracking than traditional watercolor binders. And, it has excellent re-solubility in water!
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