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These artist grade watercolors continue the Blockx family legacy that began in 1865. They are made using the same processes developed many years ago.
Only the finest ingredients go into the manufacture of Blockx watercolors. Rare, tough pigments are ground slowly and repeatedly on stone mills to achieve the optimum particle size, and to eliminate overheating and iron pollution. The pigments are then blended with pure, light gum Arabic, honey made from selected flowers, and chemically pure glycerin and water.
The result is a variety of stable, transparent colors with wonderful working properties.
® Blockx is a registered trademark.
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Inconsistent binder amounts and color hue between batches
By The Enchanted Gallery
from Portland OR
Comments about Blockx Artists' Watercolors:
I wanted to love this paint, but after multiple problems I can't recommend it to anyone. There are a couple colors that they offer that are unique compared to other brands, including Transparent Mars Red and Cerulean Gray. I tried 5 colors and several of my tubes were of nice quality, including the dense pigment load you'd expect from an artist grade paint similar to Daniel Smith. However, my Cerulean Gray had so much binder separation that a large amount of amber-brown liquid came out instead of the blue pigment. This forced me to empty out a lot more of the tube into a tray, mix it up, later to use as a dried watercolor. My other couple colors I bought at that time did not have that issue, so I shrugged it off as an old tube/one time defect.Transparent Mars Red was such a beautiful color that on my next order from Dick Blick I purchased an extra one for when I ran out. When it arrived I squeezed out about a quarter of the tube into a half-pan tray for my travel palette. All that came out was thick oily amber-brown liquid binder. No pigment. I squeezed the rest of the tube out into a small cup to see if there was any pigment at all in it, there was, but only about 1/3 of the bottom of the tube. Once mixed up using a toothpick with the separated binder it results in a lighter brown that was different in color to my first tube of the same color name. None of the rich red rusty color was in this tube. Regardless of the excess binder issue, the pigment itself should have been at least similar to my first tube's color.I can't recommend this paint when you don't know what you'll get from one tube to the next. After experiencing trouble with two separate colors now I have given up on Blockx.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Binder separation issue and color difference in pigment.
Merchant response: We apologize for the issues you had with these paints, and we see that one of our Customer Care Agents has made arrangements to replace those tubes for you. If we can be of further assistance, please don't hesitate to ask!
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from San Francisco, CA
Blockx Indanthrene blue is a great color, just what I've been looking for. Undiluted it's near black, and then diluted a very rich, vibrant blue. It's the only indanthrene-type color I found that's granulated and non-staining. So far I like it!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)
By Doc Clark
from Millinocket, Maine
Yes, Blockx watercolors in tubes seem a bit pricey but WOW!. SATURATED color! A little goes a looooooooong way. Compared to painting with Winsor Newton, Holbein or Sennelier watercolors, the Blockx is so smooth and the granularity is really low, even on normally grainy stuff like viridian. A couple of colors stained more than I expected so it's probably a good idea to test opacity and staining before you use these colors from Blockx because they do behave a bit different from the other brands I have tried. I got a few tubes of the Blockx watercolors just to see what they were like since I've used their raw pigments to make my own paints. Seriously, I'm a bit of a paint and pigment snob, and am published and cited on inorganic pigments so I know what I'm talking about. Blockx makes some pigments even better than I have been able to make myself in my geochemistry lab (not an easy admission for someone like me) which is to say they are very good at the pigment business. I've been trying watercolors for the first time in my life so I've been trying several different brands to see what I like. The pigment saturation and the luscious, almost viscous quality of the paint on the brush have sold me. I haven't ordered a color of Blockx watercolor yet that's been less than wonderful. I'm hooked. I haven't tried their watercolors in pans yet but their tubes of watercolor are amazing. Caveat: these watercolors are much more fluid coming out of the tube than any other watercolors I have tried and this is a quality than some folks may not like in their paint though it suits me just fine. They also dry in a palette well much slower than other colors, and my Hooker's green doesn't dry out completely but stays a bit tacky even after a week in humid New England. When I took the paints out to Utah on vacation, even the Blockx colors dried out on my travel palette. Note: this review is based on a limited number of colors, namely Hooker's green, viridian, zinc white, cadmium red orange, gamboge, cobalt blue, Payne's grey.
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Not what I expected
from Amana, Iowa
I purchased several colors of Blockx watercolors because my instructor praised them. I have found that they are extremely inconsistent with some colors almost solid and others very runny. The Transparent Mars Yellow seems to be just honey in a tube,(even smalls like floral honey) while the cobalt green was solid to the point of almost impossible to get out of the tube. I will not buy these again, but will stick to Old Holland or Sennilier.
Merchant response: We apologize for the issues you encountered with this product. If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of the merchandise you receive, you are entitled to a full replacement or refund. We ask that you contact our Customer Care Center at 800-723-2787 within 30 days so that the exchange, refund, or credit transaction can be arranged to your satisfaction.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
I love the colors I've tried
from San Francisco
These seem to have the highest and richest pigment loads I've yet found in any watercolor brand. I have not tried all of the colors but I can vouch for the pyrrole vermilion,(PO73) the mauve (PV16) and the (PB15) is pretty good too. I would buy them all again, and when I do--I will also try some of the other colors too!
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