Sunday, 7 August 2016

Prima Watercolours - Haul-To-Come-Soon!

I have just seen that the Prima Watercolor Confections are on some amazing deals at the moment and I've subsequently ordered the "Tropicals" and the "Decadent Pies" palettes! They are reduced on Amazon UK from £48.60 (which seems a lot, given the quality) to £14.13 - which is probably less than the price of the metal palettes, so well worth it for that alone. Lindsay The Frugal Crafter has done pretty cool reviews of these paints and I'll be reviewing them once here too - I'm mostly curious about the quality but I really just wanted a couple of cheap palettes!

You can buy them online if you want to take advantage of the current discounts!
From Amazon UK
(discounted from £48.60 to £14.13 per palette at the time of writing!)
From Amazon USA
(discounted from $25.00 to $23.34 per palette at the moment)


11 comments:

  1. I got excited about these as I am looking for starter paints but, unfortunately, they won't deliver to France.

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    1. There are 2 video reviews of Prima sets on my channel and I categorically do not recommend them for a beginner as they don't blend wet in wet properly and will make it hard to paint. Cotman is much more suitable - I have a supplies link up near top of the page on my website and another on info for beginners - both have links to suitable sets. Really you need the 12 paint Cotman Sketcher set and dispose of the white and black and replace them with Dioxazine Purple and Light Red to make a better and more suitable set for a beginner. You do not need more than 6-12 paints.
      R

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    2. I saw on your Blog that you were buying some and thought they must be great. ok thanks. Frugal Crafter has said lots of good things about a Daniel Smith Essentials set as well as Cotman, have you any opinion on that make? Appreciate advice as I want to order paper, paints and brushes soon. BTW, I do have a little Gansai Tambi/12 set that I got from Kuretaki. It annoys me that the colours are simply marked 'blue' or 'dark blue' etc. I would like to know I have the right colours for following some tutorials. Also they have a sort of metallic shine when I used them.

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    3. I get things to review rather than to use per se. The Prima paints are nice colours but don't behave well in many basic methods you need to learn as a beginner so I would prefer you to use something reliable and robust like Cotman which never fail and always state their pigments used so you know what you are using. Gansai Tambi paints are Japanese and their watercolours are not designed for western methods - they are meant for painting on rice paper and mulberry paper and can't handle wet in wet techniques - the Prima paints are similar in that way. Western watercolours are not so sticky or chalky and are intended for the methods you will learn, of course. Two Prima reviews are on my YouTube channel both posted in the last couple of weeks - watch the "Tropicals" one before the "decadent pies" one.
      Thanks
      TSD

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    4. Yes, I intend to watch a lot of info on your channel. I was thinking of Cotman but got interested in the Daniel Smith 6 tube set plus Lindsay suggested adding Sap Green and Burnt Sienna. I know she likes both sets but got the feeling she would go for Daniel Smith Essentials (6 tubes). Many thanks for your help with this. I will probably order from Jackson's UK or Amazon.

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    5. p.s. I would go for quality rather than quantity if I have to choose.

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  2. If starting out, start with Cotman and don't run before you can walk. DS aren't compatible with Cotman in that there are no like for like colours you can upgrade as you improve but W&N Pro do allow that upgrade. Get not more than the Cotman Sketcher Set as a beginner - don't be tempted with other colours until you are 100% confidence in colour theory.
    TSD

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  3. ok. Is the Sketcher set pans? I fancied tubes to put in pans or is that not recommended for these?

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    1. It's half-pans yes (full-pans are rarely used nowadays, large-pans are studio use only) and they give you more value for money than tubes do. This is the set http://amzn.to/2bOPlZb and will cost you under €10 at the moment as it is half price. It'll give you some great paint that to get the same amount in tubes (a Cotman tube is about as much paint as 1/3 of a half-pan once dried down - pans are baked and much more concentrated) would cost you nearly €75...! Remove the black and white and replace with http://amzn.to/2bVZFKR and http://amzn.to/2ckMzG8 (a vibrant purple and an iron-oxide red that is really a warm brown). The brush isn't amazing so you'll probably want to replace it. I would get a size 4 round (http://amzn.to/2bVZQpw) and a size 8 round (http://amzn.to/2bW0Da3) and if you really want it, get a 1/2" one-stroke too (http://amzn.to/2bVZGhX) - they will suffice until you learn your craft a lot more. You can add more brushes later if you wish but these are good quality student grade brushes made by Cotman and will work well with these paints.
      TSD

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    2. Delighted to have your advice, I will do exactly as you say. I just needed some guidance for my new passion. Merci bcp.

      p.s. Strange how your Amazon links above are not clickable. I shall be doing some copying and pasting tomorrow.

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  4. ok. Is the Sketcher set pans? I fancied tubes to put in pans or is that not recommended for these?

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