Sunday 9 June 2019

Renesans half pan watercolour range

I did a blog post about the Renesans Intense Watercolour range here in November 2018. The details on the website for the Half Pan (godet) range have changed since then. Here is the updated pigment information from 2019. Renesans is now available in Australia from Adamstown Art.

These 54 colours are made with gum Arabic and acacia honey.

I am very grateful to Renesans of Poland for providing me with samples to show the full range in swatches too. I understand these are all the current formulations, apart from perhaps two (#18 and #23) that may still be the previous pigments? They were a pleasure to paint out as they re-wet with ease, which is what is necessary with pan colours. 
Just a few pigments need to be used with care unless only for reproduction work or in a sketchbook - for example the lovely, but not lightfast, PG8, used as Hooker's Green and in Sap Green and a couple of others.

Renesans Pan Watercolours - Titanium White, Flesh Tint (previously called Naples Yellow Reddish), Persian Yellow (new formulation), Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Pale.

Renesans Pan Watercolours - Gamboge (Hue) (Previously called Gami Gutta), Cadmium Yellow Deep, Indian Yellow (new formulation), Cadmium Orange, Vermilion. 

Renesans Pan Watercolours - Cadmium Red Pale, Scarlet, Cadmium Red Deep, Carmine (new formulation), Magenta Lake (new pigment).

Renesans Pan Watercolours - Alizarine Madder Lake (new formulation), Geranium Lake, Mineral Violet (new formulation - I am not sure is this is the new version or the previous PV23:1), Indigo, Prussian Blue.

Renesans Pan Watercolours - Paris Blue, Phthalo Blue (Heliogen), Polish Blue (was called Poland Blue, now made with PB15:1 but I think this is the previous PB29 version), Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt Blue.

Renesans Pan Watercolours - Emerald Green, Cobalt Green, Chromium Oxide Green, Hooker's Green.

Renesans Pan Watercolours - Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, Ultramarine Green, Cinnabar Green Pale, Zinc Green.

Renesans Pan Watercolours - Olive Green, Sap Green, Cinnabar Green Deep, Green Earth Natural, Venetian Yellow.

I far prefer single pigment earth colours, especially for the essentials like Yellow Ochre, Burnt Sienna and Raw Umber.
Renesans Pan Watercolours - Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Stil de Grain, Dragon's Blood,
Claret (was called Monaco Bordeaux)
The Burnt Sienna and Burnt Umber actually look a little less red in real life - I couldn't get the adjustment correct. However they are quite heavy and opaque.
Renesans Pan Watercolours - Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Sepia, Caput Mortuum, Burnt Umber

Renesans Pan Watercolours - Kassel Earth (was called Raw Kassel), Payne's Grey, Ivory Black (new formulation),
Lamp Black (new formulation).

Happy Painting!


  1. Such a useful reference, thanks! Can you confirm that Mineral Violet uses PR63:1 pigment? I just purchased a set with this color and the Etsy website says it's PV23. It does look like PV23, but since it's not labeled on the pan directly, I don't know.

    1. I can't confirm as my half pan didn't have the pigments on it either. I had to use the website. The pigment information has been updated since I originally looked at it and made my swatches, so I do assume it is actually PV23 now.

  2. Thank you for this. I just received a 24 set and the colors look beautiful.

  3. It seems Renesans is updating their pan pigments rather frequently. Quite frankly, I don’t know if this is to be considered a good or a bad thing. I bought three primaries and three secondaries plus two hearth colours yesterday in Brescia, Italy, and they were all marked as mono-pigment colours. As an example, raw sienna and burnt umber are now marked as both made from PBr7. I’m going to test all of them in the next few days. I’m quite curious of the results.

  4. It seems Renesans has changed the pigments agian. Now raw sienna and burnt umber are both made with Pbr7. I bought eight pans (3 primaries, 3 secondaries and 2 earths) yesterday in Brescia (Italy) and they were all marked as made from mono pigments. I don’t know if this frequent changes in the paint formulations are a good or a bad signal, but now I see there are more mono pigment paints than before in the pan line. This should raise the quality and performance of colours. I’m going to test my new set in the next few days to see how they behave.