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Since 1832, when Henry Newton and William Winsor introduced the first moist watercolors to the world, much of Winsor & Newton's reputation for supreme quality has stemmed from its Professional Watercolor range. More than 180 years later, the original Winsor & Newton moist watercolor continues to be formulated and manufactured according to the company's founding principles — to create an unparalleled watercolor range that offers professional artists the widest and most balanced choice of pigments with the greatest possible permanence.
Through strict adherence to these founding principles, Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolors offer brilliance, transparency, and purity of color unparalleled by any other brand. For the 21st century, these key qualities are achieved through a combination of choice of raw materials, custom-made machinery, and expert formulation by experienced chemists and artists.
Today, the Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolor range benefits from continued advancements in pigment technology and production methods, building on the company's already high standards to produce even brighter, more transparent, and more stable colors. Equally important, many of the formulations remain the same — proving that they cannot be bettered!
Lightweight Sketchers' Box Set of 12 Tubes
Designed to travel, this set's lightweight tube box is made of black enameled metal. It holds 12 watercolor tubes, and has four large wells and 10 smaller wells. The set contains one 5 ml tube each of Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Chinese White, Ivory Black, French Ultramarine, Lemon Yellow, Permanent Sap Green, Winsor Blue (Green Shade), Winsor Red, Winsor Yellow, and Yellow Ochre.
Limited Edition Colors
Hurry to experience these exciting, limited edition colors before supplies run out. The six colors include Dark Brown, Gold Brown, Indian Red Deep, Phthalo Sapphire, Transparent Orange, and Yellow Titanate.
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.
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Winsor & Newton recommends the following colors for its basic palette: Winsor Lemon, Winsor Yellow, Scarlet Lake, Permanent Rose, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, French Ultramarine, Winsor Blue (Green Shade), Winsor Green (Blue Shade), Raw Umber, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna, and Chinese White.
Single pigment secondary colors help you create brighter mixes than are possible by mixing colors from Winsor & Newton's basic palette: Winsor Orange, Quinacridone Magenta, Permanent Magenta, Thioindigo Violet, Cobalt Violet, Permanent Mauve, Ultramarine Violet, Winsor Violet (Dioxazine), Cobalt Turquoises and Greens, Viridian, Winsor Greens, Oxide of Chromium, Green Gold.
Winsor & Newton recommends the following colors for landscape painting: Nickel Titanium Yellow, Transparent Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Indanthrene Blue, Cobalt Blues, Winsor Blue (Red Shade), Prussian Blue, Cerulean Blue, Manganese Blue Hue, Cobalt Turquoises, Cobalt Greens, Viridian, Winsor Green (Yellow Shade), Terre Verte, Oxide of Chromium, Hooker’s Green, Permanent Sap Green, Olive Green, Green Gold, Naples Yellow Deep, Raw Sienna, Light Red, Caput Mortuum Violet, Burnt Umber, Payne's Gray, Davy's Gray, Ivory Black, and Titanium White.
Winsor & Newton recommends the following colors for portraiture: Lemon Yellow (Nickel Titanate), Nickel Titanium Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Scarlet, Cadmium Red Deep, Rose Dor, Quinacridone Red, Permanent Carmine, Rose Madder Genuine, Purple Madder, Permanent Magenta, Cobalt Violet, Permanent Mauve, Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, Naples Yellow, Naples Yellow Deep, Raw Sienna, Light Red, Venetian Red, Indian Red, Caput Mortuum Violet, Burnt Umber, Davy's Gray, Ivory Black, and Titanium White.
The following colors are more transparent: Aureolin, Gamboge Genuine, Indian Yellow, Rose Dor, Quinacridone Red, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Permanent Carmine, Rose Madder Genuine, Quinacridone Magenta, Purple Madder, Permanent Magenta, Thioindigo Violet, Winsor Violet (Dioxazine), Ultramarine (Green Shade), Winsor Blue (Red Shade), Antwerp Blue, Prussian Blue, Viridian, Winsor Green (Yellow Shade), Hooker’s Green, Permanent Sap Green, Olive Green, Green Gold, Raw Sienna, Quinacridone Gold, Perylene Maroon, and Burnt Umber. Gum Arabic increases the transparency of Artists' Watercolors.
The following colors are more opaque: Lemon Yellow (Nickel Titanate), Cadmium Yellows, Orange and Reds, Winsor Emerald, Oxide of Chromium, Cobalt Green (Yellow Shade), Naples Yellow, Naples Yellow Deep, Light Red, Venetian Red, Indian Red, Caput Mortuum Violet, Sepia, Indigo, Neutral Tint, Blue Black, Ivory Black, Lamp Black, and Titanium White.
The following colors have the highest tinting strength: Bismuth Yellow, Cadmium Yellows, Orange and Reds, Quinacridone Reds and Violets, Winsor Violet (Dioxazine), Indanthrene Blue, Winsor colours, Titanium White.
The following colors have the lowest tinting strength and produce more subdued color: Antwerp Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Green, Viridian, Terre Verte, Oxide of Chromium, Naples Yellow, Naples Yellow Deep, Raw Sienna, Light Red, Indian Red, Caput Mortuum Violet, Burnt Umber, Vandyke Brown, Sepia, Indigo, Payne’s Gray, Blacks, Davy's Gray.
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Formerly known and Winsor & Newton Artists' Watercolors, Winsor & Newton Professional Watercolors have a new name and new look, but their reliable quality remains unchanged.
During the transition in stock, you may receive a combination of new tubes and old tubes. Rest assured, they both contain the same outstanding formulations you've come to know and trust.
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from Hickory, NC
Comments about Winsor & Newton Artists' Watercolor Half Pans:
There was a time when I had problems with Winsor & Newton watercolor pigment drying into cakes, then splitting. For that reason I had switched to Holbein, which easily re-liquified. Winsor & Newton watercolor pigment is now made in France and is packaged in silver-colored tubes. I have noticed that these paints don't dry into cakes in a short period of time and they re-liquify very well. The colors are very rich. The pigment-to-water ratio is great in that it takes little pigment to water to get rich color. I just have to check pigment numbers to locate Winsor & Newton/Holbein equivalents; i.e., Holbein Royal Blue PB60 is Winsor & Newton Indanthrene Blue PB60.
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nice, intense pigment
from Dallas, TX
I am hoping to go to more Daniel Smith - the more I read about this paint, the better value I think it is compared to W and N. But, if money is no object, W and N are great! I'm a budget.
My go to watercolor brand
from Millersville md
I always use this brand!
By jamie lee
from riverside ca
these are lovely watercolors, i worried initially about how small the tubes were, and if these were really worth the price, but I'm beyond satisfied with their quality.
from Yucaipa, CA
This is high quality but very expensive paint. I only use this brand for colors that are not available in other lines. Recommended for serious artists, but not beginners. I do love their perylene green and brown madder (both are indispensible)!
from Eastern Long Island in NY
Love the choices available! They carry beautiful professional watercolor lines and offer have a full range of colors.Offering a variety of sizes is one of the many reasons I shop DickBlick!
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Clearest color mixes!
from San Antonio, TX
These have turned out to have the clearest color mixes of any brands I have tried! I save them for when I need bright, clear colors such as a lavender field or botanicals. Very pleased with these paints!
from Denver CO
W&n watercolors one of the best.
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By Artgirl 19
from Gallup NM
I have used Winsor & Newton professional watercolors almost exclusively since the fall of 1967. The ratio of pigment to binder is at the top. The colors are permanent. They endure. Even when a tube has only a little color in it.... I let it dry, cut open the tube and use the rest of the paint. Only occasionally do I use another of the top brands.
I would buy this product again, best colors to paint with!
from Fenton, Mo
First of all, the person taking the order was so pleasant and very helpful, enjoy dealing with this company. The product is superior, and there is a huge difference say in Winsor Newton's Burnt Sienna and other brands......mixes well with others.
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