Did I buy a bad tube or an off brand?

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    Cheryl Ploegstra

    Sorry if I’m posting this in the wrong place, but I didn’t see another place for questions.

    After buying luscious, lovely, but pricy Daniel Smith paints, I was lured by the quantity of paint in the Lukas Aquarell 1862 brand. To try it out, I bought a couple of greens I needed to round out my palette, and a tube of Opaque White (1007).

    Well, the Lukas Chromium Oxide Green is lovely. A wonderful mixing green.

    But the Opaque White dried like chalk and fell out of the pan in chunks. I rewetted it a lot and really tamped it down in the pan, but it looks like I might have to keep a moist constantly or cover the pan in order to keep it there.

    What is your experience? Is this just one bad tube? Are all Opaque Whites like this? Should I look to other brands? Or switch to a guache for white?

    Sandra Strait

    I seldom use white watercolor. I use the white of the paper and if I need to add white highlights, I use an opaque ink, gouache, or even white gel pen.  I don’t think all opaque whites are that way however.  I’d write to the company and ask for a replacement if you intend to use much of it.  If nothing else, this will tell you something about the customer service of the company, and whether that particular color consistently dries like that.


    Sounds like a bad tube, so I agree with Sandra.  I also don’t use much white, but the white I have happens to be M.Graham, and it is lovely and creamy.  I tend to use it to get the paint colors for Victorian houses…  I recommend it, and also Da Vinci has a nice white and they are a good price and excellent paints.

    Cheryl Ploegstra

    Sandra and Kate. Thanks so much for your advice.

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