Hello my friends and welcome to my blog. Today l am talking about my first impression of the ShinHan Professional Watercolors, a Korean based company that are also known for specializing in colour luminosity, and quality paint products. They also have a line of markers called Touch markers, which have been compared to the Copic markers. I purchased a set of 30 "ShinHan Professional Watercolors" last August, with the intention of comparing them to a few other brands such as Holbein and Mijello Mission Gold. This review offers my own opinions and l am not sponsored to review this product.
I have to say that after reading some mixed reviews about these watercolours l debated on purchasing a set, but l am so delighted that l did. I can’t believe that it has taken me this long to try them out, l was pleasantly surprised and here is why.
I read some critiques that recommended caution using these watercolors due to them fading quickly, but when l downloaded the color chart and took a look at the information that ShinHan posted on this product, (www.shinhanart.com/eng/product/product_water.php), l found that it was comparable to other professional watercolor brands. Out of the 30 colors that are offered, 17 colors were rated a normal degree of light-fastness, 12 colors rated a high degree of light-fastness and only one, the color “Opera” rated low. Personally l thought for the price to quality ratio this brand was superb. When l shopped for a set, the prices varied on Amazon and EBay but most were economical. I purchased a 30 colour paint set for $53.00 Canadian off EBay and this price included free shipping. I have to forewarn you that it did take about 6 weeks for me to receive them, but l was in no rush so this didn’t bother me.
When l opened my package the 7.5ml tubes were well placed and organized in a nice storage box, visually l was instantly awed by this product, and l was dazzled by the bright colour selection. I noticed when l started to lay down the watercolours just how vibrant and intense they were, this impressed me as l didn’t need much paint on the palette when l diluted the paint with lots of water to get the consistency l needed. They blended beautifully so employing the wet-on-wet technique was fantastic with these paints. I also used a dry brushing technique which worked well, and l found that the colours were very opaque, but easy to lift when desired.
I also liked that you can purchase the tubes in open stock, but to be honest, it makes more sense to purchase a set if you run out of colours, given how economical they are.
I am hoping that l can be inspirational and informative. I always feel that paying it forward is a great way to live life. As a self taught artist l will try and share with you what l have learned.