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Since 1835, 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.
Professional Watercolor and Arches Gift Set
A great holiday gift, this limited edition set includes six 5 ml tubes of Professional Watercolor and a field brush in a sleek tin box, a Winsor & Newton Series 7 Kolinsky Sable #4 brush, and a 20-sheet, 9" × 12" block of cold press, 140 lb Arches watercolor paper. Set colors are Burnt Umber, French Ultramarine, Hooker's Green, Permanent Rose, Winsor Yellow, and Yellow Ochre.
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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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Comments about Winsor & Newton Artists' Watercolor Half Pans:
I ordered some Winsor and Newton pans to supplement a new set with some favorites. They are reliable, rewet easily and create great color. It would be great if they sold the full pans in the US, but not yet. In the meantime it's good to know they are still selling the half pans.
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Fantastic product. Love it.
from Miami and Chile
Very happy with the product.
Good product, good value
Great product, good price, would buy again!
5ML Tubes Packs A Punch!
from Stockton, CA
I bought eight 5ml tubes of the Winsor & Newton Professional watercolor brand to supplement colors from my Holbein Artists watercolors, that weren't included in the set. Although the tubes were small, the colors are nice and vibrant, and mixes well with my Holbein paints. I find that they are juicy and it doesn't take a lot of scrubbing with my brush to wet them (I do spritz them with water before hand). I find that W&N Professional watercolors definitely live up to all of the hype, and I can see why they are a reputable brand. These are great quality watercolors, and I would definitely buy them again once I run out!
Rich, vibrant colors. A dream to use!
from San Francisco, CA
Oh my word, these paints are incredible. The vibrancy and clarity of the colors beats out lesser-quality paints by a mile. I'm new to watercolors but am an artist in other media, and I wanted to start out with the best materials. I watched several videos on YouTube which compared the WN Cotman paints to these, and these professional grade paints are head and shoulders above the Cotman grade in terms of vibrancy. Since the professional grade is more expensive, I decided to buy fewer colors of the professional grade rather than more colors of the Cotman grade for the same price, and I am very happy with my decision. With these paints, I will never feel like there's "something better" out there, or that I wasted my money starting with cheaper paints, or that my materials are holding me back. Treat yourself, and get these paints!
A "must buy"!
from Gatlinburg, TN
These are high quality watercolors sold at a super reasonable price. The cerulean blues are magnificent!
great resource to stock up on W&N watercolor tubes
from Topanga CA
I learned it's best value to buy larger size tubes of w/c paint and then use it to top up the pans when their contents get low.
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Great quality water color paints
from Reno NV
I have used Windsor Newton watercolor paints for several years. They are always recommended by the art teachers I have had.The Blick price and selection of colors is why I started buying online. So much easier than going to 3 different stores locally.
A couple of favorites
WN Davy's gray and bismuth yellow are 2 staples on my palette. I haven't found any other brands in similar colors that I like better than these two.
Best brand for watercolor
from Austin, TX
I finally leveled up from my student grade watercolors that lasted me for YEARS because I rarely painted. Started using these last summer, and the difference is obvious. The colors are richer, highly pigmented, and mix so easily. With my last order, I splurged all of my birthday money on building a set that I can mix almost a full spectrum with.
There IS a difference between Winsor & Newton Artists' Watercolor tubes and pans. Both are professional quality, highly pigmented paint — so what is the difference? Watch this video to learn which paint is best suited for your needs.
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