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  • #89994
     Peggy Berk 
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    @peggy-berk

    Tonya, I did note the problem with those two M. Graham colors in a review I did at the point of purchase (and also noted that I had no similar issues with the other colors in the line — though my experience with the line is pretty limited).  In general, I find that sellers or manufacturer’s are usually monitoring their reviews and will get in touch if they believe there is a production or other issue particular to the specific sample.  But I have seen other comments in various forums and reviews to the effect that the M. Graham watercolors stay “sticky” in pans…  which I am told is because they use honey in their binder.

     

    #92853
     Peggy Berk 
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    @peggy-berk

    Tonya – I will have the opportunity to use more M. Graham colors and get to know the line and the characteristics of the paint better …. I won one of the M.Graham giveaways during World Watercolor Month!!

    [Thank you Charlie for sponsoring those giveaways on doodlewash!]!

    #95041
     Jennifer McLean 
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    @jennifer-mclean

    gosh, I really do love this set Charlie. I have it on my wish list some day. I love that it uses metal tubes for water, not plastic. It’s all so well made!

     

    #95042
     Jennifer McLean 
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    @jennifer-mclean

    thanks for the link! I added this to my list to purchase, I’ve tried frisket before and it’s so terrible on brushes, this sounds perfect!

    #95127
     Charlie O’Shields 
    Keymaster
    @doodlewash

    Yeah, I just don’t care for the way water beads on plastic. I found a little 10 well white anodized aluminum palette at an art store and bought a couple extra ones. It never came back and I can’t find it online. Glad I stockpiled! lol

    #95167
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    I live an hour or so away from the M Graham factory, and toured it about a year ago.  It was interesting to discover that all the work is done in two buildings (one for storage and one for creating the paints and putting them in tubes), with about 14 employees.  I learned some interesting facts too, such as the reason Cobalt is so expensive isn’t because the mineral is expensive — it’s actually cheaper than Ultramarine –but the fact is it takes so much of mineral to get good color.  I’m crazy and have to constantly try out new products, just to see what they’re like, but I always come back to the M Graham.  They’re just such a good bang for the buck.

    • This reply was modified 1 year, 12 months ago by  Sandra Strait.
    #95213
     SnehLata Maheshwari 
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    @snehlata

    Carlie as when I see your paintings .i finding them so shining and u r colours speaks it self.

    I am using winsor n Newton, sennelier as ttthey are work well but i feel some thing  isare  missing in my colours. What can it be be ?

    Can you plz understand my point.

    Advice plz.n come soon

    Thanks

     

    #95382
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    I can’t seem to get the reply button to work, but I’m replying to Clare Bureau post … “It is called Molotow Grafx Masking Fluid, and it comes as a pen-like applicator so you can draw fine-ish lines easily (mine is the 2mm size)”

    I’ve been looking hard at these.  Currently, I use the slanted end of some of my plastic paint brushes, which works well because I have several different sizes.  I like Pebeo Drawing Gum masking fluid because it dries very quickly and peels off easily.  So far, I haven’t had any problem with it on any paper I’ve tried (even non-watercolor paper) and even if I leave it on for days.

    Still, the Molotow Grafix pen looks awfully handy.  *sigh* I’m such a glutton for art products!

    #95511
     Charlie O’Shields 
    Keymaster
    @doodlewash

    Just saw your note, Peggy! It’s my pleasure! Let us know what you think of the new colors!!

    #95512
     Charlie O’Shields 
    Keymaster
    @doodlewash

    That’s awesome!! Yeah, M. Graham is great… I’ve been using them a lot over the past couple years and they’re a wonderful paint. I actually got the chance to tour Da Vinci Paint Co. while on holiday this weekend and got to see the process of making paints. It’s amazing! I had no idea what went into it! (also love Da Vinci as well, they rewet just as easily and have the same vibrant colors at a good price… I’ve been alternating between the two lately! hehe… Da Vinci is a bit more forgiving if you want to lift paint since it has a rewetting agent to keep it pliable, but without the honey that’s tougher to rework once it’s on the paper. I tend to get enthusiastic while painting and make a lot oopsie daisies! 😊lol).

    #95513
     Charlie O’Shields 
    Keymaster
    @doodlewash

    Thanks Snehlata! I use M. Graham and Da Vinci Paint Co. paints as both have really vibrant colors. That said, even though I work quickly, I do try to build up my colors by adding glazes of transparent color (you should wait for them to dry completely between layers, but I’m often too impatient… hehe). I tend to work in a circle… letting one part dry as I move around the page. I never have more than an hour to paint each day and often less. I took some process shots of the peppers I painted recently, and will post them one day once I can assemble my notes! 😊

    #95520
     Sandra Strait 
    Participant
    @sandra-strait

    Charlie, you sound like me with the ‘oopsie daisies’.  I’m very much a go with the flow, though, so I often just end up with a much different painting than I started out to do, lol.  I have a goal of owning a set of every brand of paints in the world.  Unfortunately, the pocketbook is less expansive than my goal.  Doesn’t keep me from trying though!

    #95737
     Charlie O’Shields 
    Keymaster
    @doodlewash

    Yeah, nothing I make ever turns out like I imagine, but I think that’s all part of the fun of watercolor! hehe And yay to owning all the paints… hehe… there are still some I’ve yet to try, but I keep going back to my favorites over and over again, so I’m content with those.

    #96569
     June Hadaway 
    Participant
    @june-hadaway

    I will look into this. Thank you for sharing. I have used the liquid with an old brush then had to clean the brush with vaseline. The brush was good for one use before having to clean it.

    #101599
     Sandra Strait 
    Participant
    @sandra-strait

    You may all hate me for telling you this, but did you know that Jerry’s Artarama has a $1-$2 sampler section?   I had an order that fell about $6 shy of the free shipping, so I bought some Mimik brushes and a surprising nice little mixed media sketchbook (though it has a strange smell) from Creative Mark.  Nice way to try out products.

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