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In Russia, many great traditions in the fine arts date back to the time of the czars. In the 21st century, Yarka St. Petersburg Watercolor Pans are still manufactured using traditional materials and techniques, and with great care and craftsmanship. The color specialists who oversee Yarka production each have over 40 years of experience.
All the pigments, including cobalt and cadmium pigments, are Russian-made in a factory that has been known for its quality for over a century. Unlike other watercolors which are made with the dry, compressed extrusion process, St. Petersburg Watercolors are liquid poured — a process preserving the integrity of each pigment and resulting in semi-moist pans that respond instantly to a wet brush.
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This set, presented in a plastic case, includes 24 select colors that add excitement to your color palette.
This set offers 12 beautiful watercolors presented in an elegant slide top wood box.
This palette of traditional colors includes a printed color chart and 24 pans, each one rated for lightfastness.
This set, presented in a plastic case, contains 24 beautiful watercolors.
Featuring a larger assortment of colors, this set includes 36 pans of watercolor in a plastic palette.
Certain colors in this line carry the ACMI CL label. They are Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Red Light, Cobalt Blue, and Cobalt Blue Spectral.
Master Wood Box Set of 12 — This set contains the following colors:
Sequel Set of 24 — This set contains the following colors:
Expanded Set of 24 — This set contains the following colors:
Original Set of 24 — This set contains the following colors:
Ultimate Set of 36 — This set contains the following colors:
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Bright colors- easy to use.
By Little Meem
Comments about Yarka St. Petersburg Professional Watercolor Pans:
I got the 24 set which I've used and loved and bought a few individual pans to add to the kit which could fit a total of 36. I really should have looked at the color selection of the expanded set as I've pretty much filled out my set with these colors and paid much more than I would have if I'd just gotten the basic and expanded! But it was fun slowly filling out my 24 set to include my own picks!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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I LOVE these watercolors!
I have used these watercolor pans since art school, and I still love them! The color vibrance is excellent, and they handle lots of water without the pans cracking and peeling.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Wow! A high quality personalized portable pallette!
from Camarillo, CA
Vibrant colors, high pigment, lovely and transparent. Each color group has cools and warms. AND the individual pans are replaceable as your favorites get used up. Hurray Dick Blick! You can organize them for your personal pallette. I used the enclosed watercolor card to make a corresponding color chart with the color written in waterproof ink for reorder. I used Glue Dot (removable) adhesive to hold each pan in place. This takes some time but Tah Dah! You'll have a high quality, personalized, traveling watercolor set.
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Painted a color chart w/ paint names for inside lid
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Beautiful paints and very vibrant colors
from Morrow, Ohio
Very vibrant colors and easy to work with.
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Just finished this small painting with these paints
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Terrific Pan Watercolors!
By James Hill
from Houston, TX
A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to try the Original St. Petersburg set of watercolor pans and greatly enjoyed them. Since then I've been using a set of individual pans in my personal palette (Red Ocher, Yellow Ocher, Gold Ocher, Green earth, Cobalt Blue, Ultramarine, Raw and Burnt Sienna, Raw and Burnt Umber, Black, and the occasional guest stars - English Red and Scarlet). The colors are well saturated, light fast, and mix easily (though some do seem a bit drier than others and require a bit of extra mixing with water to create a good working puddle of color without flakes or specks of pigment.) All in all I am very pleased with these pans and would happily recommend them to anyone to try.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Yarka St. Petersburg Professional Watercolor Pans
from Goshen, Indiana
I have been using Yarka watercolor pan paints for over 15 years. I love them. They are convenient, vibrant and fade resistant. I like that I can carry them with me without having to open up tubes and take the time to lay everything out fresh every time. I have used Grumbacher, Windsor Newton and many other professional grade watercolor paints and Yarka is at least in the same category as the other professional paints. I recommend them to all my artist friends and students as well.
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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
not too impressed
from owensboro ky
I liked the price for a set of full pans, but was disappointed by a number of the colours as they were too "garish" for my taste, also they were used up much quicker than the likes of winsor and newton, so they were not really a good deal!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Yarka watercolor pans - easy to use & easily replaced.
from Oro Valley AZ
Yarka watercolor pans are great! I like to use them because they are a complete palette in one place. The kit is readily available for mixing and I can carry it anywhere. Pan colors are brilliant and true and easily replaced. They soften readily for easy painting.
Great quality for the cost!
from San Antonio, Texas
I was lucky enough to be the art teacher chosen to take a group of American high school art students to Russia for three weeks. All of us were given a set of these paints. I have found them to be rich in color and they stay moist but not too moist. Beautiful and they dissolve easily and burst into color. A great value compared to Daniel Smith brand, which I also really love.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great colors and usability.
from Rockford, MI
I've really enjoyed using this product. I like the clearness of the colors and the way they flow.
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