Re: Supplies while sketching/journaling - version 2
Very cool bag and supplies in it. I've got one of those little tiny 8 color tins with tube watercolors replacing the kid watercolors it came with.
Today I indulged in a new pocket set, never mind that I have four or five of them already. I'd never tried Sennelier fine art watercolors but like the Sennelier pastels, so went for the 8 color mini kit on sale. Pleasantly surprised by several things about it.
1. The top of the tin actually has a clear window to see the contents, unfortunately that means it's not a mixing lid. But it's sort of cool anyway and I might use it as a mixing lid regardless.
2. The little brush included has a minute tiny handle but a very fine long point like a rigger, so should be very good for linear work and details. I'll use a waterbrush when I want anything bigger.
3. The color range. The only red is French Vermilion, which looked like a very orange cast red - your basic Vermilion. However, it's closer to a mid-red than I thought. Close enough that when I mixed it with both the Cinereous Blue and the French Ultramarine, I got decent violets - more like Quinacridone Coral than a real Vermilion color. That was the happiest surprise. I thought I'd have to sacrifice one of the other colors to pop in a cooler red Crimson with it, but no. It will work as the only red in the set. Very satisfied with the yellow as a basic yellow. Happy the dark is Payne's Grey which I always use. Mildly surprised at Pthalo Green Yellow Cast (very yellow cast, more like the Permanent Green Light or other spring greens) along with Sap Green... until I thought of street sketching and unmixed colors in pen and watercolor. A brighter yellower green with a darker more muted sap green, two blues one of them distinctly light-value and a little greener (more like Cerulean than Pthalo) and the other my old friend French Ultramarine, and a Burnt Umber... then pictured street scene with red accents, outdoor landscape with maybe a cardinal or some flowers... yeah. This works as a pocket palette.
Very happy with it overall and it's also a good small size, convenient and handy.
Heh and the colors aren't the same as other pocket sets so not completely silly when I wind up tossing several into the art bag on my way out. That gets weird. But changing them up does tend to inspire me.