Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Holbein Artist Watercolour

Holbein from Japan has been making watercolour since the early1920s. They don't contain any ox-gall, animal products or dispersing agents so are easy to control. They claim that the pigments are more finely ground than in other ranges and describe themselves as " a European style transparent watercolor which preserves the brush handling qulaities inherent in Japanese watercolor techniques". They generally rewet beautifully from the samples I have received so can be used fresh from the tube or dry in the palette.

The 2017 colour chart shows 108 colours, without the pigment information. They are available in 5ml and 15ml tubes and some pan colours. Note in this range there are only a possible three stars for lightfastness. I found a link to the pigment information here so have updated the pigments in the captions. Many of the problem fugitive colours have been reformulated :-) but there are a lot of two and three-pigment mixes.

The colour chart also shows a series of symbols
T = Transparent,
N = Non stain
E = Easy lift
H = hard lift
X = granulating
B = Semi transparent
O = opaque
S = Staining
I = intense.
I've added this information to the swatches, though sometimes it seems contradictory.

2018 update
I was told about these dot cards being available so have been able to update these swatches to include the full current range. These charts also have pigment information so are really helpful. Where I have swatches of the old and the new colour I've included both. The swatches are arranged according to the 2017 colour chart.

I always avoid PR83. The other less lightfast pigment, PT23, has been removed from the range.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Crimson Lake, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Carmine, Rose Madder, 
Quinacridone Red.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Pyrrole Rubin, Perylene Maroon, Pyrrole Red, Quinacridone Scarlet, Scarlet Lake.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Opera, Brilliant Pink, Shell Pink, Cadmium Red Purple,
Cadmium Red Deep.

 This is a really orange version of PR108 in Cadmium Red Orange!
Holbein Artist Watercolour - Vermilion, Vermilion Hue, Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Orange, Brilliant Orange.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Permanent Yellow Orange (new version), Cadmium Yellow Orange, Cadmium Yellow Deep,
Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Pale.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Cadmium Yellow Lemon, Imidazolone Lemon, Imidazolone Yellow, Gamboge Nova, Permanent Yellow Light.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Isoindolinone Yellow Deep, Quinacridone Gold, Permanent Yellow Deep , Aureoline, Permanent Yellow Lemon.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Lemon Yellow, Naples Yellow (now made with PY35+PY42+PW6), Jaune Brilliant 1, Jaune Brilliant 2, Greenish Yellow.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Olive Green, Leaf Green, Permanent Green #1 (old version), Permanent Green #2 , Cobalt Green.

The new version made with PY3 instead of PY1 is much brighter. The new version of Olive Green looks darker.
Permanent Green #1 - new version.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Viridian, Cadmium Green Deep, Cadmium Green Pale, Hooker's Green, Bamboo Green.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Viridian Hue, Emerald Green Nova, Compose Green,
Sap Green, Terre Verte.

 Marine Blue is very beautiful :-)
Holbein Artist Watercolour - Green Grey,  Shadow Green, Phthalo Blue Red Shade,
Phthalo Blue Yellow Shade, Marine Blue.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Horizon Blue, Turquoise Blue, Cobalt Turquoise Light, Peacock Blue, Manganese Blue Nova.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Compose Blue, Verditer Blue, Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue,
Cobalt Blue Hue.

 Both ultramarines are rich and gorgeous.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Ultramarine Light, Ultramarine Deep, Prussian Blue, Royal Blue, Indigo.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Lavender, Permanent Violet, Mineral Violet, Cobalt Violet Light, Bright Violet.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Bright Rose, Lilac, Quinacridone Magenta (formally Rose Violet), Quinacridone Violet (formally Permanent Magenta), Mars Violet.

 These earth colours are nice. Less granulating than some brands.
Holbein Artist Watercolour - Indian Red, Imadazolone Brown, Light Red, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Umber.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Raw Umber, Raw Sienna), Yellow Ochre,
Yellow Grey, Umber.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Sepia, Ivory Black, Lamp Black,
Peach Black (old version - now just PBk1) , Neutral Tint.

Peach black new.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Van Dyke Brown (this is the real vandyke brown pigment), Payne's Grey, Davy's Grey,
Grey of Grey, Chinese White.

Holbein Artist Watercolour - Titanium White, Gold, Silver, Permanent Green #3 (discontinued),
Compose Green 3 (discontinued),

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Happy painting!