Hello Friends and welcome to another blog review. I have been really excited to try the Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set for a while now. Kuretake has been around since 1902 and they are a manufacturer in Japan that have grown into a brand of quality artist tool for fine art and illustration.
I watched a lot of reviews on this product, and after some researching, l was convinced that l would love them, so l went shopping online and found a variety of sets.
I purchased the 36 colour set, as they offer great colours that l can’t find in other manufactured watercolour pan sets. They were incredibly reasonable to purchase and you can find sets on Amazon and Ebay. I love how beautifully presented the packaging was, and the size of the pans were large, which made it easy when using a larger brush. You can also purchase the colour pans individually which appealed to me, as l tend to use certain colours more than others, making it easy to replace instead of purchasing another complete set.
I did not find these watercolours as traditional in transparency as other brands l have tried, but they were rich in pigments. There was little effort to lift these when putting a wet brush to them and there was plenty of pigment if you wanted to add extra water. No need to spray them with water prior to using.
I also didn’t need as much layering to get that punch of colour l needed. These are definitely more opaque then many other watercolours l have tried and l found them very easy to blend with no harsh lines. I was wowed by the candy looking colours. They are AP approved, the watercolour is kind to both the human body and the environment, so it is safe to use.
I did notice 2 cons, the set did not come with a mixing tray, which is not a biggie for me, you can just use disposable pallets or any other pallet you may have including an old plate, and l could not find enough information on the light-fastness of this product.
Overall l have to say that l am thrilled that l purchased the whole 36 colour set, as who would not want all the rich colours, including some metallic ones. I think this brand would be perfect for both artistic professionals as well as crafters. If you like a having a watercolour effect and a gouache like effect then you will love these. Until next time my Friends.
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