Wednesday 31 May 2017

Rembrandt Watercolours

Rembrandt watercolours are the professional range made by Royal Talens of Holland. I had only tried about 15 of the 80 colours shown on the colour chart until I was generously lent a brand new set of 48 by one of my students. Consequently most of these 53 colours shown are painted out from pan colours.

I love the Rembrandt soft pastels, which I have used for many years, so it was good to paint a large number of the professional watercolours at once. The student range is called Van Gogh.

They painted out nicely and I think it's a very no-fuss range. Great colours, a good choice of pigments, excellent earth colours and plenty of single pigment colours. While my plan was to show the full range of all brands, even though I am missing 27 from this range I decided to post them up anyway since there is not much available showing the Rembrandt colours. 

(updated June 2017)

September 2019 - I've created a new blog about Rembrandt watercolours here, based on their updated range.

Rembrandt set of 48 half pans.

Rembrandt Watercolour - Chinese White, Transparent titanium White (not shown), Cadmium Yellow Lemon, Permanent Lemon Yellow (not shown), Cadmium Yellow Light.

Rembrandt Watercolour - Azo Yellow Light (not shown), Cadmium Yellow Medium (not shown), Azo Yellow Medium, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Azo Yellow Deep (not shown)

Rembrandt Watercolour - Aureoline, Indian Yellow (not shown), Gamboge, Naples Yellow Deep (not shown), Naples Yellow Red (not shown).

Rembrandt Watercolour - Cadmium Orange, Permanent Orange (not shown), Vermilion, Cadmium Red Light, Permanent Red Light (not shown).

Rembrandt Watercolour - Cadmium Red Medium, Permanent Red Medium (not shown), Cadmium Red Deep, Permanent Red Deep, Permanent Red Light (not shown).

Rembrandt Watercolour - Madder Lake Deep (not shown, but PR83 so not recommended), Alizarin Crimson (not shown but also PR83 so not recommended), Permanent Madder Lake, Carmine, Quinacridone Rose.

Rembrandt Watercolour - Permanent Red Violet, Permanent Madder Purple (not shown), Cobalt Violet, Mauve, Permanent Blue Violet.

Rembrandt Watercolour - Ultramarine Violet (not shown), French Ultramarine, Ultramarine Deep, Cobalt Blue (Ultramarine) (not shown), Cobalt blue.

Rembrandt Watercolour - Cerulean Blue, Cerulean Blue (Phthalo) (not shown), Phthalo Blue Red, Phthalo Blue Green, Prussian Blue.

Rembrandt Watercolour - Indanthrene Blue, Indigo (not shown), Turquoise Blue, Bluish Green (not shown), Permanent Yellow Green (not shown).
Rembrandt Watercolour - Permanent Green, Emerald Green, Cobalt Green (I think this is actually made from PG19 but my sample was mis-labelled), Viridian, Phthalo Green.

Rembrandt Watercolour - Hooker Green Deep, Hooker Green Light (not shown), Sap Green, Olive Green (not shown), Green Earth (not shown).

Rembrandt Watercolour - Chromium Oxide Green, Yellow Ochre, Gold Ochre (not shown), Transparent Oxide Yellow, Raw Sienna.

Rembrandt Watercolour - Burnt Sienna, Transparent Red Oxide, Permanent Madder Brown, Light Oxide Red, Venetian Red.

Rembrandt Watercolour - Indian Red, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Transparent Oxide Brown, Sepia.

Rembrandt Watercolour - Vandyck Brown, Payne's Grey, Neutral Tine, Ivory Black, Lamp Black (not shown).

If you happen to have some of the missing Rembrandt colours and would like to send me a sample, please get in touch :-)

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  1. Very nice.

    The Raw Umber seems a little weak, like the Winsor and Newton pans.

    I think I've been spoiled by the Daniel Smith Raw Umber. Now I compare all other brands by that color.

    1. Daniel Smith sets the standard for pretty much all the colours I use. Very few others make a raw umber with the same delicious cool depth. Perhaps only Da Vinci.

  2. Hi Jane
    They have a limited range of Rembrant at a good price in my local art store. I'm considering getting some more of them, but I'm curious about which colors might be worth getting the DS instead. I don't really like Rembrandt Raw Umber, it's a little weak. But I do like their Prussian blue and cobalt blue. The burnt Sienna gets better if you add a little glycerine so it releases color easier. The Viridian is a little weak, and separates a lot in the tube, and dries really hard, but maybe that's the nature of all viridians?
    The quin rose looks a bit cold. Or is it the scan? How does it compare to the Daniel S version? I don't want it to go too close to magenta, otherwise there seems like no point having both..
    And what's your opinion about the two ultramarines? I can't really see any difference..
    How is the Phthalo Green? Looks nice.
    And how about the PR254, is it leaning cold or warm, or in the middle?

  3. I am exploring the vintage transparent ixide had a yellow cast to it..

    1. I hope it has a yellow cast to it, without turning towards a yellow ocher or raw sienna. It's part of the nature of that beast.

      If you want a redder deep brown that is transparent and lightfast, there are three good types available--PR 206 burnt orange shade (it can also look like alizarin crimson), PR 179 perylene maroon, and PR 25 benzimidazolone brown. All have fairly bright glaze tones, but are easily muted with either compliments or blacks. A bluish green would be a good compliment, depending on the effects you want.

      If you want a warm but almost blackish single pigment muted brown, Rublev's Cypress Burnt Umber from Natural Pigments is excellent. A type of PBr 7.

  4. M. Graham's Raw Umber is uniquely dark in masstone, and more neutral in hue than most. A very useful mixing paint. Use a small amount to de-saturate Ultramarine and get some lovely blue-grey shades.