Tuesday, 21 September 2021

A. Gallo Hand Made Watercolours

A. Gallo watercolours come from Assisi, Italy. This is a honey-based range, created to be highly lightfast and free of mercury, lead, arsenic, cobalt and cadmium. These hand-made colours are available in individual half pans, or a range of interesting sets. There is a Naturale set of 24, or two 12-colour Naturale sets; there is a signature 12 or 24 set - the 24 set is shown below; there are various collections. There are also some lovely wooden palettes as part of a limited edition range. This is a range created with passion. A new shop is about to open in Assisi. so I wish them well.

The pans are wrapped in watercolour paper with the colour sample brushed over it and the presentation is gorgeous. The website is very clear and the printouts in the colour chart are so well done that I almost felt I didn't need to add the swatches here. There are some lovely primary colours and interesting purple mixes. Interestingly, about half the range is made up of realistic greens and earth colours.

A.Gallo watercolours: Buff Titanium, Lemon Yellow (not shown), Lemon Yellow Permanent,
Azo Yellow gold, Royal Yellow, Indian yellow.

A.Gallo watercolours: Arancione, Hokkaido Orange, Vermilion Red, Medici Red,
Scarlet Red, Ruby Red.

Permanent Carmine was one of the most lovely to paint out - a beautiful example of this really useful primary red.
A.Gallo watercolours: Alizarin Crimson Hue, Permanent Carmine,
Quinacridone Magenta (was Opera), Pietra Rosa, Rose Madder (not shown), Potter's Pink

A.Gallo watercolours: Quinacridone Violet, Mineral Violet, Tyrian Purple, Ultramarine Violet,
Dioxazine Violet, Notturno

It is wonderful to see YInMn Blue and Lapis Lazuli in this range. YInMn Blue is the newest pigment to have been discovered - in 2009 - and Lapis is often a very washed-out colour -a far cry from its original form. 

A.Gallo watercolours: Zironium Blue, Translucent Cerulean, Assurro, Periwinkle,
YInMn Blue, Lapis Lazuli.

A.Gallo watercolours: Ultramarine Blue Dark, Midnight Blue, Indanthrone Blue, Teal Blue,
Copper Blue, Aquamarine

A.Gallo watercolours: Harbor Blue, Forest Green, Deep Sea Green,
Green Earth - Cool, Malachite

Fig Green, Sap Green, Chromium Oxide, Olive Green Deep, Buckthorn Green,
Green Earth - Warm

A.Gallo watercolours: French Ochre Sahara, Verdaccio, Green Umber, Jarosite,
Gold Ochre, Moroccan Ochre.

I found some colours were best used in a very liquid state - painting with a 'cream' consistency lost some of the glow.
A.Gallo watercolours: Raw Sienna, Raw Sienna Badia, Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Red Gold, Castle Orange, Ercolano Red.

A.Gallo watercolours: Burnt Sienna, Sartorio Red, Venetian Red, Hematite,
Morellone, Quinacridone Chestnut.

A.Gallo watercolours: Burnt Umber Cyprus, Burnt Umber Brownish, Chromite Brown,
Sepia, Indigo.

A.Gallo watercolours: Payne's Gray, Roman Black Earth, Ivory Black, Slate Gray.
Titanium White, Antique Gold.

Happy painting!


  1. I was intrigued and thought of ordering some to try.. but their choice of sales method is a real turn off. I understand they produce a limited amount of product but who has time to wait for a single day of availability and jump on a purchase while fighting a ton of other customers for the same product? Not me. They really should release product as it becomes available.

    1. I waited and it was worth it. They are lovely paints. They also sell out so I don’t think they have issues here.

    2. If they were to release products as they become available, you would find yourself doing what you don't want to do in the first place, but instead of doing it once a month, you'd be doing it every time they'd release a product or a new batch of one colour. I think the way they go about it fine. I've bought a few palettes from them, and I missed out on a few; at least, they are not limited editions, so there is always the next time. What kills me is the shipping and then the customs et al. My pans are brand new now, but eventually, I'll run out of a pan or two, and paying 30 euros for 9 or 18 euros worth of paint, well, ouch!

  2. That's a really gorgeous spread of swatches Jane, thank you for your diligence and for sharing! It's settled, I'm going back to Italy.

  3. Thank you, Jane I just received my signature 2 and cherry wood palatte. Can’t wait to try them urban sketching..the brushes seem nice too.

  4. Thank Jane you for all the wonderful swatches. These paints are just fabulous to work with and handled / packed / designed so thoughtful, bought mine in Italy on my holiday. And to be honest, for me the wait is actually quite nice and a reminder, we are so used to instantly be able to buy what we see and want, the once in a month availablity makes it extra special and you really can ponder about what you want and why. : )

  5. Thanks Jane for this swatching of the A.Gallo range of artist watercolor paints. I discovered them after a trip to Italy in 2019 and was intrigued. I now have many of their paints and accessories, all of which are superb to use! Their presentation is a wonderful bonus! Can't wait for the next release - and If you get on their mailing list you will be sent an email of when their next release is to be.