Monday, 18 April 2016

Mission gold Watercolours by Mijello - complete set

I had painted swatches of a few Mission Gold colours previously, is seen here, but have now had a chance to try the whole range. This is an interesting brand, made my Mijello of Korea. There are 105 colours but they are largely mixed hues created with very few pigments. There are no cadmiums or genuine ceruleans and the only genuine cobalt is Cobalt Blue. The paints are very predictable to work with, in the sense that they re-wet with the touch of a brush and brush out bright and strong, with very little granulation and very little drying shift.

If you love bright colours and are starting out in watercolours, this could be an interesting range to try, though I certainly wouldn't recommend getting the full range, just the single pigment colours. Personally, I miss the granulation that I love as only a couple granulate at all.

The swatches are painted out in a rather random order, but the whole range is included. I'll add them all to my website soon. Here is the full colour chart, with the meanings of the symbols. 

In this set, I'd be most interested in the Permanent Yellow as  primary yellow and the Red Orange if you want a strong red-orange colour.

In this set, Lemon Yellow and Permanent Yellow Deep provide a good warm and cool yellow. Permanent Red Deep is a lovely rich crimson red and Permanent Magenta is the pigment used in most of the mixed purples.
Permanent Rose and Rose Madder (another rich crimson - deeper than Permanent Red Deep) are the most interesting here. the very bright colours containing BV10 don't scan properly - they are Opera Rose colours with very poor light-fast ratings.
Most interesting here is Scarlet Lake as a warm red and Indian Red.

Violet Lake is one of the only slightly granulating colours in the range. The rest of the purples and violets shown here are easily mixed from the palette colours.
 I like Indanthrone Blue, but this version didn't paint out very nicely - perhaps it was just the small sample I was using. The Manganese Blue is a hue not a genuine pigment.
There isn't a genuine Cerulean PB35 or 36 in the range. There are two choices for Ultramarine.

While some are very pretty, all of these colours can be mixed from basic palette colours. The Chromium Oxide Green is a hue, not the genuine pigment.
Most useful here is Bamboo Green, generally referred to as Phthalo Green YS. Viridian is a hue, not the genuine pigment. The other greens are all mixed greens - easy to make yourself, though of course if one is a colour you love and use a lot it may be worth having in as a premixed tube colour.

Most interesting here is the Green Gold PY150 as another primary yellow option and Yellow Ochre No 2 which is a nicely version of this colour. 
Red Brown PBr25 is used in a number of the Mission Gold mixes and is an interesting alternative to the more opaque Indian Red in the palette. Van Dyke Brown is a good rich chocolate brown.

Burnt Sienna is a real problem in this range -
it is more like a Quinacridone Gold hue and not
useful to mix with ultramarine and other
blues to create interesting greys as one would normally do.
After the blacks, the next swatches are made with mixes including white, so they feel more like gouache to paint with. Colours are the same as found in the Japanese Holbein watercolours.
These pastel tints are easy to mix if you choose to have a white watercolour in your palette

More pastel tints.
More pastel tints, and a choice of a more transparent or more opaque white.


Cobalt Green is another hue, not the real
pigment not the real colour.
Cobalt Turquoise is another hue, though
one of the few granulating watercolours
in this range.

These Pearl colours haven't scanned well,
 though there is only a slight sparkle to be seen in real life.


I enjoyed painting out these colours as they are very vibrant and 'well-behaved'. They disperse well in water and are easy to paint with, making them very consistent and predictable, as stated in the website. That will appeal to a lot of people. I admit it doesn't appeal to me - I enjoy playing with a whole range of characteristics in watercolour, but if colour alone is your goal, these are an excellent choice.

The pigments have been improved since the range was first introduced and are now more light-fast. I think they would suit those wishing to work with a full gamut palette, as the range of earth colours is limited. 

If you wanted to create a basic set I would consider Green Gold PY150 or Lemon Yellow PY3 as your cool yellow, Permanent Yellow Deep as your warm and Yellow Ochre as your earth yellow.

For reds look at Scarlet Lake for warm and Permanent Rose for cool (or Permanent Magenta PR122 if you love that pigment) I'd add Rose Madder for a crimson as well.

For blues look at Cerulean Blue (hue) PB15:3 as a cool phthalo blue and Ultramarine Light PB29 as the warm.  

For greens, only to be used for mixing, I'd suggest Viridian (hue) PG7, which is phthalo green BS and neutralises a crimson, and/or Bamboo Green PG36, which is Phthalo Green YS, and neutralises PR122 and PV19.

The earths are tricky, but I'd look at Yellow Ochre PY42 as mentioned, Red Brown PBr25 or Indian Red PR101 as an earth red. I'd probably add Van Dyke Brown as a deep brown and make my own custom version of a burnt sienna with the Yellow Ochre and Red Brown.

Happy painting and thank you to Winifred for the samples :-)




16 comments:

  1. Thanks Jane love this post along with your others lol I have the Burnt Sienna only it came with the palette I ordered and I totally love it ,how did they know it was a fav colour....serendipity....they are not affordable for me at the moment by I love seeing your swatches and hearing your opinions....

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  2. Oh yes I agree about the burnt sienna being more like Ouin Gold ....

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    1. Mijello make excellent palettes. And yes it is a lovely glowing colour, but it isn't a Burnt Sienna hue ;-)

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  3. I'm considering buying them now, since Amazon are holding a huge sale on them. I'm deciding what's better - buy 4-5 Daniel Smith basic colors or buy set of 36 colors with nice palette included. For now I don't have any of these watercolors and have only pans set of White Nights. What will be your advice for a beginner? My paintings are listed in Instagram - Tanit555.
    I love your blog VERY-VERY much. Thank you!

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    1. There is a sale for about $70+ for the 36 colour palette with 36 tube paints on Amazon listed here http://www.amazon.com/Mission-Gold-Water-Palette-Colors/dp/B00BFCGF2O/ref=sr_1_1?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1461266659&sr=1-1&keywords=mijello - that seems like a pretty good deal to me, even if they are 7.5ml tubes (I can't find the tube size so I don't know).

      It will include more colours than you actually need, and perhaps not all of the single pigment colours that I recommend, but you'll be able to do a lot of painting with them, and you'll be delighted with how easily they rewet and how easy they are to paint with, as well as how bright they are.

      They won't completely solve the earth issue you will already have with White Nights so one day you may just add some excellent earth colours or granulating colours from Daniel Smith.

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  5. I like Mission Gold. I bought the 9 tubes set and was impressed by the intensity of the colours. It's a good set for beginners who want to try this brand.

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    1. I agree they are a very good beginner set and the intensity is striking. They are also good for those who don't like granulation!

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  6. Hi@All

    Thank´s Jane for your large swatch set work with Mijello´s G.M. :)
    I´m with G.M. since 3 years back and go along with your experience .
    Sepia is a very useful a hue ,too Pbr9,Pbk7 .
    And what i found out ivory black has to be in the palette , why , well the idea from mijello do darken down with less color shifting.
    May i can add something about long term fading .
    Most of the heavy chalked white Hues will strong fade after 2 year.
    95% may Watercolors , are painted with Mijello G.M.
    Here you can see 3 years developing , starting with 12 Tubes...
    www.Schokohund.jimdo.com
    Love bright colors and have fun , start with Mijello.

    Ps.: Mijello has Student range , too .

    Cheers Schokohund

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  9. Hello! First of all, thank you for this excessive review, it is very helpful. Since I'm just starting out I can't buy really expensive paints, and a nail art shop sells the 25 ml tubes for less than 2 dollars, so I decided to build up my starter palette with these.
    I went and bought a few tubes today, one of them is Burnt Sienna, and unlike yours mine says it is a single pigment paint, using PR101 pigment. I bought the Ultramarine Deep too and even thought it's not a single pigment paint, the two of them makes a great grey.
    Do you think it's possible mine is reformulated? Also, I was wondering if you'd like to get a sample from it to test it.
    I'm sad these don't have any granulation, but I think for me right now, the price quality ratio is unbeatable :D

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    1. Great to know they have reformulated the Burnt Sienna. I think they have been very actively improving the range and will watch this company with interest.
      I am always happy to receive samples to test out. Contact me at jane@janeblundellart.com

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  10. Hi Jane, very insightful as usual. Yes, their colours are more suited to illustrations, i think. For granulations i prefer Kremer. By the way, i have their perfect pan set of the Mission Gold, and i find that the colours don't really set, much like White Nights. So i use them only for paintings in the studio.

    Abdul

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  11. Hello Abdul,

    Can you explain how the colours don't really set? I just ordered the White Nights & now I feel apprehensive ... I forewent Mission Gold b/c I wanted the whole watercolor experience, not just a color mixing experience.

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  12. Hi Angel, what i meant was the paints in the pans (although not all) will eventually creep out of the pans when you store them vertically for example. So it will creep into the next pan. I had to scoop out some of the excess paints using a palette knife and transfer them to my normal watercolour palette. I think this is due to two reasons: 1. They overfill the pans, 2. Some colours stay really moist and not even touch-dry. The yellow especially. So i had to have them stored horizontally. Mind you, the White Nights pan paints are the same. Also some colours in my Winsor & Newton artists' fullpan set. Maybe it is the humid weather in Malaysia...

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