Handmade Watercolours

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  • #130423
    Beverly Wong-Kleinjan
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    @beverly-remco-kleinjan

    Have any of you tried using handmade watercolours? I recently stumbled across Greenleaf & Blueberry’s watercolours, and they look absolutely lovely. It looks like they’re hard to get a hold of, though, as they’re made in very small batches and are quite expensive, but always are “sold out”. I’ve also noticed quite a few on Etsy selling their handmade watercolours. Just curious if any of you have tried any of these out, and what your thoughts were on them.

    #130425
    Kate Powell
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    @kate-powell

    I’ve bought Greenleaf and Blueberry, and like some the Shungite and Magnetite, but not the Cate d’Azure (WAY too grainy and I like texture).  What I did not like was that they top off the pigments over the top so that they are hard to use — to wet.  I doubt I’d buy from them again but see what others have to say.

    I have bought (and then bought again) paints from MatteoGrilliArt, a painter from AU who paints are amazing.  That is his Ultramarine Blue next to Daniel Smith below — both were rewet for the same amount of time before swatching for my studio pans.  I bought Raw Sienna, Burtn Sienna, Carmine, and Madder… and will buy more.  His paints are dense with pigments, and his shipping is reasonable to the USA.
    https://www.etsy.com/shop/MatteoGrilliArt?section_id=18229309

    A friend swears by pfeifferartsupply and I want to try her paints.

    So yes, I buy handmade, usually on recommendations and trying one or two first…

    #130428
    Beverly Wong-Kleinjan
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    @beverly-remco-kleinjan

    Ooh, thank you Kate for the info! 🙂

    I’ll look into MatteoGrilliArt and pfeifferartsupply in the future. Recommendations from fellow artists/friends means a great deal!

    EDIT TO ADD: Just checked MatteoGrilliArt – the ultramarine and burnt sienna look dreamy, but does not ship to Canada. Boo!

    #130430
    Sandra Strait
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    @sandra-strait

    I haven’t tried them up until a few weeks ago when I won some from someone who is developing a line. She’s still working on her formula and I’ll be sending her feedback.  They’re fabulous colors.  Mostly she needs to get a consistent consistency.

    #130435
    Sharon Nolfi
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    @sharonnolfi

    Kate, which one is Matteo Grilli and which is DS.

    #130440
    Kate Powell
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    @kate-powell

    So sorry everyone — The DS ultramarine is the one you can read!  The one next to it is the MatteoGrilli colors.
    A Post: https://dkatiepowellart.me/2017/08/30/ganesha-and-matteo-grillis-paints/

    I just wrote to ask him why… What the heck is it with shipping to Canada???

    matteo grilli paints

    • This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by Kate Powell.
    #130450
    Jennifer McLean
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    @jennifer-mclean

    Kate, I wonder if it’s about declaring what’s in the paint? It’ll be interesting to hear his answer, his paint is really pigmented!

    #130475
    Kate Powell
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    @kate-powell

    So Matteo said: “Hi Kate,  I had a very bad experience with Canada Post, I am quite reluctant to post there again. Sorry.”

    I understand… I had one with AU and for a time I thot I’d never ship there!  He might be persuaded if you ask…

    #130535
    Beverly Wong-Kleinjan
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    @beverly-remco-kleinjan

    Thanks Kate! I may just have to ask him, because I’d really love to try his paints. They look lovely!

    #130540
    Lee Angold
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    @leeangold

    I’ve got several handmade watercolours that I like quite a bit.

    Pruche paints are really lovely – beautiful consistency and extremely saturated.  Pretty basic colour selection with some unique earth tones (the Spanish Gold Ochre is the nicest ochre I have ever seen, and Salmon is a really nice reddish Burnt Sienna alternative)

    Eventually, Everything Mixes is like a watercolour mad scientist.  Really unique and beautiful pigments and combinations.  Buy Flusch Green and she’ll throw in a multimedia portrait of her cat.

    I would not recommend Greenleaf and Blueberry, only because of the price.  They sell out so quickly that the one time I managed to catch one of their sales in time, I impulse bought a secondary earth triad.  After the exchange rate, shipping to Canada and duty, I ended up paying over $120 CAD for those three paints.  Now, don’t get me wrong, they’re good paints, but no different from other handmade paints or Daniel Smith Primateks which cost 1/4 the price.

    Handmade watercolours in general are relatively expensive compared to commercial brands, but you get to support a nice artisan and they sometimes have some unique pigments.

    #130887
    Beverly Wong-Kleinjan
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    @beverly-remco-kleinjan

    Thank you for all of that information, Lee!

    I actually purchased a couple from Pruche the other night. Looking forward to trying them out. (It also helps that she’s in Canada!)

    #130923
    Kate Powell
    Participant
    @kate-powell

    Thanks for the info Lee!

    #131450
    Beverly Wong-Kleinjan
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    @beverly-remco-kleinjan

    I just received my Pruche paints the other day (lightning fast shipping, but then again it’s domestic shipping within Canada). I purchased the ultramarine blue, burnt sienna and A.P. light violet – they come in half pans. I am in love! Thank you so much for the recommendation, Lee. I’m so happy to be supporting an artisan creating handmade paints.

    They’re lovely and pigmented. I do find the A.P. light violet a little bit more granular than I’m used to, but it gives a nice effect and the shade came in perfect for the shadows on the fur for a pet portrait commission I was working on.

    I’m looking forward to trying more of her colours!

    #131461
    Kate Powell
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    @kate-powell

    Beverly show us the colors!!!!  I also checked them out and may try a couple.  🙂

    #131465
    Beverly Wong-Kleinjan
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    @beverly-remco-kleinjan

    I will, promise. I’m just bit pressed for time lately (job changes, etc). If you take a look at her site, she does have some good swatches and I can say that they are true to her photos, at least the 3 that I chose.

    Lighting is always my issue for taking photos, because when I do have time to paint or take photos, etc., it’s usually too dark! LED lights do help, but they’re certainly not as nice as natural lighting.

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