Wednesday, 21 November 2018

Renesans Watercolour Tubes - Complete Range

Renesans Watercolours come from Poland and are available in tubes and pans. The website is under construction but the samples I used I assume were created from the tube colours as the pans colours seem to have different names. I have not tried the pans or tubes themselves but just painted out each colour from the dots of paint. They are available in Europe, and in the US from Maine based Etsy store alittlecreativeme, and I thank April for the dot card.

I am always very grateful to the generous and thoughtful people who send me paint samples as it has enabled me to get closer to completing my (somewhat crazy) project to swatch out 'every professional watercolour available in the world'. I am also grateful to the companies who put the time and money into creating dot cards of their paints as it is such a perfect way to test out colours and only buy the ones you will actually use.
Renesans Watercolours - full range dot card page 1
Renesans Watercolours - full range dot card page 2

This dot card has all the information needed printed on it - pigment information, lightfast ratings and how staining each colour is. I've copied the information onto the individual swatches.

They are gentle, well behaved watercolours in a range of 70 colours. They appear not to have any ox gall added as they behave in a predictable manner, but I don't know whether that is true. I have read that they contain honey. The dots rewet with ease but the colours are quite gentle - they are not super powerful to paint with like some I've tried that are almost like painting with ink.

Renesans Watercolours - Titanium Opaque White, Permanent Chinese White, Naples Yellow Pale, Naples Yellow Deep, Naples Yellow Reddish.
I appreciate that the labels indicate where a hue is used rather than the genuine pigment.
Renesans Watercolours - Titanium Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Chromium Yellow (Hue), Cadmium Yellow Pale, Aureolin Hue
Transparent Gold Ochre is a mix that can also be used to create quinacridone gold hues. The cadmiums painted out very smoothly. this set is actually a little brighter than it appears on my screen.
Renesans Watercolours - Transparent Yellow, Transparent Gold Ochre, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Orange, Indian Yellow.

All the cadmiums seem very finely ground. 
Renesans Watercolours - Chromium Ornage (Hue), Cadmium Red Pale, Scarlet Red, Cadmium Red Medium,
Cadmium Red Deep.

I've not come across PR48:4 before. Looks very like Quinacridone Rose PV19. In this range that colour is called Quinacridone Red.
Renesans Watercolours - Permanent Carmine, Cadmium Bordeaux, Quinacridone Red, Purple Magenta, Manganese Violet.

Renesans Watercolours - Ultramarine Violet (Hue), Mineral Violet, Ultramarine Blue, Prussian Blue, Helio Blue.

Cobalt Blue Deep is the pigment also used in cerulean blues and some turquoises.
Renesans Watercolours - Phthalo Blue, Cobalt Blue Pale, Cobalt Blue Deep, Indanthrone blue, Indigo (Hue).

Renesans Watercolours - Cobalt Turquoise, Prussian Green, Helio Turquoise, Permanent Green, Sap Green.

Renesans Watercolours - Cobalt Green Pale, Phthalo Green, Cobalt Green Deep, Chromium Oxide Green, Olive Green.

Golden Green was a bit of a surprise - made with five pigments! I really loved the Gold and Yellow Ochres.
Renesans Watercolours - Green Earth, Hooker's Green, Golden Green, Gold Ochre, Yellow Ochre.
I also really loved the Orange and Red Ochres and Mars Bordeaux - a great earthy rainbow of warm colours!
Renesans Watercolours - Raw Sienna, Orange Ochre, Burnt Sienna, Red Ochre, Mars Bordeaux.

Polish Brown, is made with an unfamiliar version of PBr25. I wonder if it has been heated? Normally it looks like Brown Madder also seen below.
Renesans Watercolours - Mars Brown, Potter's Pink, Brown Madder, Burnt Umber, Polish Brown.
Most of the colours are really consistent but I found the raw umber and the raw sienna difficult to get any stronger. This may be quite different if working with the pan or tube version.
Renesans Watercolours - Raw Umber, Sepia, Vandyke Brown, Perylene Violet (Hue), Payne's Grey.
The Neutral Grey is the same mix as Schmincke uses and some of the other names are the same as Schmincke, such as helio blue and purple magenta. I do like to see mixed greys without black pigments.
Renesans Watercolours - Mineral Grey, Neutral Grey, Ivory Black, Mars Black, Lamp Black.

Here is the information about the pan colours. It's a smaller range of colours, numbered and named completely differently. Although some are the same colour name or pigment or both, I'd treat them as a different range. It's good to see Cerulean (Coeruleum) in this set as it is a wonderful pigment for painting the sky, and Geranium Lake might be a good strong crimson.
I have read that if using for plein air, the pans are easier to manage as the tube colours have a lot of honey and take a long time to dry.

Renesans Watercolour half pan range page 1

Renesans Watercolour half pan range page 2
Happy painting!


  1. I've seen and heard many wonderful things about these paints! They are now available to purchase in Australia too from an Australian based etsy store. I would absolutely love to try these and was so happy when I saw they can now be purchased here at an affordable price ( shipping from overseas was quite expensive). May I ask, what colours would you suggest as a starter set? Thank you so much for sharing all your knowledge with us Jane !

    1. I don't know what you are painting or your colour preferences, so would suggest you look for a warm and cool yellow, red and blue, a convenience green and /or mixing green if you like to have greens, a few earth colours and a grey.

      Perhaps Lemon Yellow, Cad Yellow Pale or Transparent yellow as the cool yellow; Indian Yellow as the warm. For reds - Cadmium Red Pale and Quinacridone Red are the best in terms of colour. For blues - Ultramarine and Helio Cerulean. Then you might add Sap Green (convenience) and/or Phthalo Green (mixing). In the earth colours, I like Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna or Orange Ochre, Mars Bordeaux and Polish Brown to give a yellow earth, orange earth, red earth and dark earth. The Neutral Grey would complete the set as it is a three pigment grey without any black in it.

    2. Thank you so incredibly much for your thorough reply Jane! I'm new to watercolour and I'm so grateful for you response and site- it's been priceless. I'm interested in painting a variety of subjects, but primarily portraits ( soft, muted). Whilst weak, I thought that the raw umber may actually be suitable for what I have in mind too. Thank you so much again