Thursday, March 20, 2014

Vegan Waterecolours

I've just had the pleasure of reviewing an intriguing new range of watercolours, intriguing because they are vegan - no animal products.

The palette is quite unusual in that it's very organic, Colors of Nature as they are labeled by the Canadian manufacturer.  There are lots of Siennas and Umbers.  The brightest pigment is the Ultramarine and there is a good Chromium Green.  This is a plaette that is a natural for landscapes and probably portraits, as the pigments dilute down to ver soft washes.  Good granulation and a beautiful range of greys is achievable.  I'm missing a clear bright red.  The Real Red is very much an Indian red.  This palette is certainly tailormade for Tuscan landscapes and architecure.

The paints come in little pots and are very reasonably priced.  Good luck to Colors of Nature - http://colorsofnature.com


7 comments:

Katherine Tyrrell said...

In fact you just need to whack a bit of gold leaf in your toolbox and you too can be Piero della Francesco! ;) :D

It's "very early colours" isn't it?

Meghan aka FireBonnet said...

I really like the palette... organic is a great description. Beautiful work as well of course!

Robyn Sinclair said...

Yes, Katherine, I think Piero would like this palette.
Thanks, Meghan.

Cathy Gatland said...

Lovely soft colours, I think they would do well for the African bushveld too - I've never thought of watercolours having animal products, apart from Indian yellow!

Candy said...

Sometimes I wonder if I live in a bubble. I had no idea that watercolor paint and paper (I just checked on that)were made with ingredients from animals. The one thing I knew was that I didn't want to buy natural bristle brushes. This palette is lovely. I have so many supplies on hand that it will take awhile, but as I need to buy new supplies, I will look for vegan products. Thank you Robyn.

By the way - nice sketches!

Joan T said...

Thanks for the review of the vegan watercolors, Robyn. Are they soft or pan colors? I haven't seen any in containers like that. Nice assortment of perfectly Tuscan colors.

Robyn Sinclair said...

They are thick fluid colours, Joan. I could get into a mess with them but they are lovely and moist and rich to pick up on a brush.

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