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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.
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:
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Comments about Yarka St. Petersburg Professional Watercolor Pans:
Several years ago I left a rather negative review of this product to the effect they weren't up to standard. I purchased a set of 36 pans recently after I noticed that many of the colors (pigments) had changed from the old "Yarka" brand set. The newer "St. Petersburg White Nights" pans seem to have been re-formulated in some cases, particularly in some of the earth pigments that formerly were unusable due to resistance to wetting and low lightfastness. With the exception of one or two in the newer versions all contain pigments that are of very good to excellent lightfastness. In addition all of the pans that I have tries wet exceptionally well. The pigments are intense which takes some getting used to. These pans are poured as a liquid as opposed to others such as W&N, Lukas, etc. that are extruded as a paste and then cut to size. Therefore they are dimpled on top, an effect caused by the drying process.The addition of honey keeps them semi-moist which aids in the wetting process. They are an excellent value.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Love this Vibrant Color
I ordered this Yarka St. Petersburg pan WC to add to my 24 color set which I purchased 15 years ago, let sit and finally found in a box of old art supplies I had carried around. I was so excited to find they reconstituted quickly and had vibrant color that I ordered Quin Lilac to see if the paint was still as well made as when I bought the pan set. I not only found it beautifully vibrant, but just a touch with a wet brush and the color snaps to attention, seeming to jump onto the brush. This is one aspect I love since it is kind to the brush and prolongs its life. It leaves the brush evenly and I have found this color quite opaque but producing a wash easily with additional water. I believe I will be getting more colors.
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Yarka St. Petersburg watercolor pans
from Stamford, Connecticut
These watercolor pans are my first choice when plein air sketching. The colors are intense, they mix well and they stay moist in the pans. Excellent ability to layer.
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from Fairbanks, AK
This is a product used by one of our Finest Watercolorists in our area. I find it easy to use, long lasting and to have a variety of the colors I want to use and experiment with. Blick offers these watercolor pans at an affordable price and with lots of colors to choose from. It is a great product and a great value.
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Spring Gathering, using Yarka St. Petersburg
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love these paints
from long island, ny
I bought some of these singles to fill in my palette - just a very nice paint to work with
Love the convenience and quality of Yarka watercolor pans.
from Savannah, GA
Have been using these watercolor pans for years. The colors are vibrant, and they stay moist for a long period of time
Best Dark Green Watercolor (by a Teacher)
By Teacher-Artist Linda
from St.Augustine, FL
When I was looking for a really good DARK green the art supply store manager suggested this one. He said all of his teachers loved it. I've been using it for 10 years myself and ALL of my students love it! It's reasonably priced and just the perfect natural shade!
from Ann Arbor Michigan
These watercolors are so vivid. My paintings are much more alive.
Beautiful colors in portable medium
Several years ago, I left behind pan watercolors for tubes because of the richness of colors. However, while staying in Europe, I discovered rich colors that came in pans - much more portable than dragging around cases of tube colors. I researched and tried several brands before settling on Yarka/St. Petersburg. The color is rich, the medium is portable and the color density is infinitely more easy to control - even better than tube.
St Petersburg paints
By Retired teacher
from Gloucester MA
I have been using Yarka paints for many years. These colors are true, strong, and excellent to mix. I have not found any other green that is as versatile as the Russian green. It is an amazing pigment.
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