Hello Friends and welcome back to another one of my blog reviews. Today l am going to talk about the Jack Richeson, Yarka St. Petersburg Ultimate 36 Professional watercolour set. I am not being sponsored, these are my personal opinions.
You all know that l love trying out new products and l have been so excited to try this brand. I purchased the 36 palette of their professional grade watercolours, which includes the following colours,
Cadmium Lemon, Cadmium Yellow, Ochre Yellow, Sienna Raw, Ochre Golden, Cadmium Orange, Ochre Red, Sienna Burnt, English Red, Scarlet, Madder Lake, Carmine, Red Violet, Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue, Russian Blue, Emerald Green, Yellow Green, Russian Green, Umber Raw, Mars Brown, Umber Burnt, Sepia, Black Neutral, Violet Rose, Blue Lake, Hansa Yellow, Cerulean Blue, Olive Green, Paynes Grey, and Quinacridone Rose.
Jack Richeson & Co. is a supplier, manufacturer and importer of amazing art products, the St. Petersburg brand being one of them. The watercolors are Russian made in a factory known for its quality. You know something is made right if a product has sustained credibility for over a century. These watercolours are liquid-poured and semi most into full pans, they are available in full pan sets or individual full pans. You can imagine the history of these watercolors. I was really impressed how they use the finest raw materials, pigments and guarantee the highest possible light and colorfastness. As an artist who sells a vast majority of my work l want my clients to value my art and know that it will last. This brand will for sure deliver the durability that artist’s desire.
I was really impressed how all the pans came individually wrapped, indicating colour names, lightfast rating and opacity. They were organized in a perfect sized, white pallet that folded out giving sections of room for mixing colours. l was impressed with the assortment of colours offered with this palette, and the vibrant colours were reminiscent of candies.
I debated on showing you a swatch of all the colours but decided not to, to be brutally honest l find it boring when l see this done on other blogs. I would personally rather see a painting created with the product, but for true beginners l do see the benefits as it allows you to become familiar with pigments and quality. So I’ve decided to create two small paintings, one with softer and one using bolder colours. Here is a link to their colour swatches in case you would like to see the variety available.
These watercolours certainly didn’t disappoint. As an artist pigments are of a huge importance to me and the pigments in this brand are truly impressive. From the first brush stroke l knew that l was using a quality product that would deliver a high permanence rating, with no fillers in this brand. I know that watercolor paint is valued for its transparency and ability of light to pass through the paint, this paint can deliver this result with confidence. Another great attribute that this brand offers is the lifting power of colour, whether for technique or a mistake. Although you do get some staining, l was impressed on how easy l could lift the colour to reveal the white underneath.
You can find this brand at Curry’s Art, Delta Art, and Amazon, they all offer Canadian shipping. Pricing is comparable if not less for your wallet than other professional grade watercolour brands. In fact l think you get your money’s worth with this specific palette set. I am a value shopper and l was able to get a half price deal for $109 at Delta Art online. Keeping an eye on art supply prices will help your budget go further.
This brand is one of the best pan sets l have used to date, as they offered the quality and performance that l look for in a watercolour and l would encourage you all to experiment with this brand.
Have a beautiful day,
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.