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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 Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Lamp Black, Cobalt Blue, Winsor Lemon, Viridian, Winsor Blue (Green Shade), Scarlet Lake, Winsor Yellow, and Yellow Ochre. Colors in the set may vary.
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 as 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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Excellent product when working within a budget!
from Bennington, Vermont
Comments about Winsor & Newton Artists' Watercolor Tubes:
As I started painting with student grade Windsor and Newton watercolors,I quickly realized that I couldn't get the results I was seeking.(They are a high quality student grade) I then decided to add a few of the professional grade Windsor and Newton to my palette. The colors are more rich and vibrant and mix well with the student grade colors. I'm very happy with the results. I hope to gradually add more colors and phase out the student grade paints. Windsor and Newton Professional Watercolors are budget friendly. I would recommend this product.
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Really nice colors!
from Greenfield, MA
I am a rank beginner using watercolors so while my assessment may not hold much weight with the experienced artist, what I can say unequivocably is that I am having fun and that the colors are superb. I laugh at some of the names, it's like learning a new language. So I guess that means I'm exercising the left and right sides of my brain simultaneously as I explore the uses of these teeny tiny tubes of color explosion. Wow that's a lot of bang for my buck!
Great product, great service
By Pepe First
from Atlanta, GA
from Austin, TX
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Why not use the best?
from Salem, Oregon
I really like W&N watercolor. I must admit I'm not a painter - except in a very small way - as I am a calligrapher. But W&N watercolor works very well for me. And I must admit I'm prejudiced as I qm English and have toured the factory where the colors are made. It was a very enjoyable experience - my husband and I wrote and suggested a date; we had a extremely interesting tour, followed by tea! I can recommend the experience.
By Day Lily
from Thousand Oaks
Purchased the mauve and Winsor yellow to add to my collection. The mauve is also known as mineral violet. It's less saturated than dioxazine violet so it's a lot easier to manage. It's also warmer so between these two convenience purples, I'm covered as far as cool, warm, intense and moderate options. The Winsor yellow is my cool yellow. It's not as green as a lemon yellow. I only use Winsor and Newton so can't compare to other brands. I like the 5ml tube option as a way of getting to know a color before committing to larger more economical sizes.
does what it claims
from Southwest Florida
I am going back to watercolors after a hiatus, and find this paint is good for its price.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Spectacular! Excellent product!
Comments about Winsor & Newton Artists' Watercolor Sets:
the colors are very rich and vibrant. the most solid watercolors i've ever used, and the metal travel tin is fantastic.
My favorite watercolors
from San Marcos, CA
I bought W&N colors at the suggestion of an artist whose workshop I was taking and have enjoyed the color range and the ease of getting washes that I like. I'm just sorry that I can't buy every single color all at once!
Bought more luminous type water colors and love them.
from Hutchinson, Ks
Watercolor class recommended using the 1pigment color for more luminous watercolor mixing.
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