I have been trying out Kuretase’s Gansai Tambi recently instead of my most used medium – Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Watercolour Painting Plus. They are traditional Japanese watercolour paints and each pan is quite big. So it is worth its price tag. I have a set of 36, which is huge (32 x 19.5cm!) and it is sometimes a bit annoying to have it taking over my desk when painting with it but there are sets of 12, 18 or 24 if you need something smaller for your desk.
The colours are so saturated that it took me a while to get used to it. I love it though, it is great for pieces you want to be bold and pretty. Be careful if your paint don’t have enough water in it as once they got on the paper, they may not dry properly and stay sticky. One of my recent paintings was ruined because of it. The paints can also be diluted to a very light palette but you’ll need a bit of patience.
I like that there is a colour chart (pictured above) inside the lid for you to paint each colour and use it for future reference. It is not in English though!
Even better – there are also metallic gold, bronze and pearlescent white paints. Love! They are only available in a set of 36 though.
I will be mostly sticking with my favourite – Winsor & Newton’s but Kuretase’s is sure lovely to paint with and I will use it whenever it tickles my fancy.
Have you got a set and did you find it a bit of time to get used to it?