Happy New Year! I thought I’d start out the first review of 2017 with something bright. There is also an announcement at the end.
Today I present the Kissho Gansai LUMI Accent Colors watercolor. Pow! Hold on to your retinas. Those dreams of colors to paint safety vests, road hazard cones, and 80s fashion are about to come true 😉
“Gansai” translates in English to “paint(s)” or “color pigment.” I’ve had these for quite some time. I’m glad I waited to review them because now they are available on Amazon. The set I have was ordered from a Japanese website (I don’t remember which one). The sets available on Amazon look like they are also shipping from Japan. At the time of writing this, LUMI sets were about $18 with “free” shipping. Something tells me the shipping is combined in the pricing. On the supplier site, they are listed at ¥1,300 yen, that’s a little over $11 US dollars, depending on exchange rate.
These are similar to the creamy consistency and quality of Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors. I haven’t reviewed the Gansai Tambi because I figured everybody and their brothers and sisters had reviewed those.
These are opaque. I have mostly used them in mandalas. I will say, the color intensity in these photos varied depending on what monitor/screen I was looking on.
The pans are large and contain a lot of paint. The box they come in is cardboard, getting it wet will affect it. The labeling on the back packaging is in Japanese, I’m not sure what it says. I like bright colors and these are fun! I like watching them blend into each other.
The six colors are: Opera, Rose, Orange, Yellow, Light Orange, Pink
The second color- Rose, seems more like a purple shade to me. A green and blue would be nice to have in the set.
These swatches are in a Canson XL Mixed Media journal
Fluorescent pigments are not typically lightfast. For some reason, I can’t write the word fluorescent, without having this Wham! song enter my head. Oh George Michael, such a cutie, all that frosted hair and careless whispering back in the day 😉 Anywho, moving on…
The Kissho Nihonga site says this about the paints:
“The fluorescent pigment used as a raw material is characterized by vivid colors and robust light fastness, giving the work brilliance and keeping the beauty of the finish.”
I would not trust this statement on lightfastness, and translation is also not always clear. I could be wrong, but I have never heard of fluorescent/neon pigments being lightfast. I have neon color in other media, pastels as an example, none are lightfast. Even the paint manufacturer Golden, does not claim their fluorescent products to be lightfast. Because there is not a lot of information available on these paints, I want you to be aware of the possibly that the vibrancy of these colors may not withstand the test of time. I found this article about fluorescent pigments interesting, although it is addressing acrylic paints.
Did you see Pantone’s 2017 Color of the Year– Greenery!? If not, here it is-photo taken from Pantone site.
“What is the PANTONE Color of the Year?
A symbolic color selection; a color snapshot of what we see taking place in our global culture that serves as an expression of a mood and an attitude.”
May 2017 be a fruitful and artistic year full of growth! May we all get to know and understand ourselves, and each other better. Making and sharing art has helped me with this, I hope it does that for you too. I’m thankful that I’ve gotten to know so many wonderful people through this process! Thank you very much for contributing to my enrichment and growth.
There are many other supply reviews on Doodlewash, and many on professional quality brands. I’ve been branching out lately in the reviews, and broadening the brand horizon. Art supply reviews will now be on an impromptu basis. I try not to make New Year’s resolutions per say, but I do set intentions. One of them for 2017 is to not purchase any new art supplies. May the force be with me on that one! I will show up and review supplies if they show up though, so I will see you around. I can also be found on Instagram- @jessicaseacrest and will continue to share there.
I leave you with one last supply that I’ve been enjoying lately, Conte Crayons. At the end of 2016 while in Denver, I picked up a limited edition tin at an art store for a few dollars. Using a tortillion to blend really helped and made a big difference.
Happy Painting and sketching!