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StrugglingArtist
06-04-2013, 09:12 AM
I was having a browse and thought I'd pass on this LINK (http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000N9964Y/ref=ox_sc_act_title_4?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A3IILZLT7000AE) for anyone in the market for a new paintbox, this summer. Looks like a good buy at the price:


http://www.wetcanvas.com/Community/images/04-Jun-2013/146456-WN_Field_Set.jpg

Yorky
06-04-2013, 11:24 AM
It is certainly a good price for the artists quality paints. I have a Cotman version but I prefer to use the Cotman Pocket Plus Palette (http://www.winsornewton.com/products/water-colours/cotman-water-colour/cotman-water-colour-plus-sets)for more mixing space with a Pentel Waterbrush.

Doug

Neeman
06-06-2013, 07:48 AM
The problem with that Field Box is there are no deep wells for any sort of juicy wash, so you are painting small and dry
But is you only mix wet on wet on the paper then it is fine.....

The Cotman Pocket Plus is much better

The heavyweight-enamelled-box-12-half-pans-with-bottle is self contained and the wells are deeper for washes
This is what I use
http://www.winsornewton.com/products/water-colours/artists-water-colour/sets/heavyweight-enamelled-box-12-half-pans-with-bottle/

StrugglingArtist
06-06-2013, 10:39 AM
Agreed, the design of this box leaves a lot to be desired but as artists watercolours are normally recommended over student grade I thought it was a good value at 27, for anyone starting out or short of cash (aren't we all!).

Not so today, back up to 46... :crying:

Neeman
06-07-2013, 03:17 AM
Get the Herring Compact 16 pan for 17 pound
then fill them with tube paints

1/2 pans cost the same a 5ml tubes, where the tube has 2 1/2 time the paint
Filling pans gets even cheaper with 14 ml tubes..

MC_Ginny
06-07-2013, 11:16 AM
It looks to me that the water bottle provides a third mixing spot. And maybe if you remove the bottle the bottle holder can also be used for mixing? Though it looks like it's black, so it could be tricky.

Marcio C
06-07-2013, 12:11 PM
Get the Herring Compact 16 pan for 17 pound
then fill them with tube paints

1/2 pans cost the same a 5ml tubes, where the tube has 2 1/2 time the paint
Filling pans gets even cheaper with 14 ml tubes..

Neeman, I totally agree with the recommendation of the Compact palette, agree that tube paint is cheaper, but not with the math above--a 5ml tube does not contain 2.5 times the paint of a half pan; more likely 1 or a little over one pan. It might seem that way immediately as you pour them, but when you take into account a) a half pan is heaped, higher than the edge of the pan, b) tube paint has a lot of liquid, and reduces in volume as the water evaporates and it dries (honey paints shrink less, but still shrink), and c) pan pigment is more concentrated to start with, then you end up with about 1 to 1 equivalence between half pans and 5ml tubes.
I do fill my own pans, as it is still cheaper, but I do notice that the pans I buy already filled last longer than the ones I fill with tube paint.

Neeman
06-09-2013, 04:59 AM
Marcio,

My experience is different in what I get from a tube vs a pan
And I see no real difference in usage, if anything dried tubes last longer

Quinacridone Gold
06-21-2013, 12:12 AM
I noticed that Da Vinci paints are really thick so they don't shrink so much when squeezed into a pan. Take a long time to dry though....