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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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Great quality for the cost!
from San Antonio, Texas
Comments about Yarka St. Petersburg Professional Watercolor Pans:
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.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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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.
from Granger, IN
It is nice to buy replacements for my Yarka set. And, I can choose new colors not in the original set. Excellent.
Great products, excellent service!
Simple to navigate website to order, secure order process, prompt delivery (even during the Christmas rush!
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Wooden Box set, lovely.. but...
from Upper Black Eddy, PA
I bought the wooden box set of these watercolors about a year ago to try and I loved them. The pigments are rich, concentrated, and retain their vibrancy in the finished painting. I loved them so much I ordered replacement pans as I ran out, plus some additional colors. The problem started with my latest order of single pans: the shape of the pans have changed slightly, just enough that they DO NOT FIT the wooden box. They are too wide to drop down far enough for the lid to slide closed. Just before I discovered this, I had ordered an additional wooden box (empty) to store my additional colors. I haven't received it yet, but my guess is that I'll have to return it if the pans do not fit.. This is not enough of a complaint to be a deal-breaker -- I still love the paints -- but it was very disappointing to discover that now I will have to figure out another way to anchor the pans while I'm painting. Just an FYI: if you're considering buying the wooden box, it may be best to go with one of the other sets.
from New Jersey
My shipment arrive before schedule and I was very pleased with the quality of the product.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Roanoke, VA
I was excited to try this watercolor. I use a few other professional brands but have been exploring other watercolors. I purchased the Secondary Set and a few individual half pans. The colors in the set are beautiful, hydrate easily and are vibrant. Sadly, the individual pans are not consistent, this the one star. The emerald Green half pan hydrated quickly and beautifully. The Shakhnazarskya Red half pan was hard as a rock. It wouldn't hydrate even after applying a dropper full of water. There were a few particles I could see that broke loose. I used more water and an old brush and scrubbed the surface of the half pan. I got a little bit of color and swiped it on paper but it created a super pale, dirty water like color. Once the water dried you couldn't tell I had applied anything to the paper. I love the colors that do hydrate and the price is amazing but for me it's not worth it if you don't know what colors are good qualityvs. Poor quality. I also read a review on here where a gentleman ordered a set of these colors and he had the same problem with a few of the half pans as well.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
Merchant response: We're sorry to learn that some of the pans in the set you received did not hydrate as they should have, and we're happy to take care of this for you. One of our Customer Care Agents will be reaching out via email to see how we can help.
I love Yarka paint!
I have been using Yarka watercolors for the past 15+ years and love them!
Needed a couple new colors and my order came very quickly. Thanks!
GOOD QUALITY WATERCOLORS
By The Old Gypsy
from Broomall, PA
I have used Yarka pan watercolors for several years and find the quality to be very good. The colors are vibrant and blend well. They cover well and do not leave sediment. Overall, I am very pleased with these paints.
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