Kuretase’s Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour



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.

Examples painted with Kuretase’s Gansai Tambi – Clownfish and this.

Have you got a set and did you find it a bit of time to get used to it?

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16 comments on “Kuretase’s Gansai Tambi Japanese Watercolour

  1. Fiona

    Oh they look so pretty, I can see how saturated and hard to water down could be super negatives for watercolour but I’m sure there quality will definitely be a super plus for some situation plus pearlescent white sounds so pretty! Oh and I love your candycanes!

    1. Katrina Post author

      Thank you, I am glad you like my candy canes – they are going to be one of my christmas card designs! :)

  2. Mili

    I know nothing about painting but the I really enjoyed looking at these photos. The watercolors are so pretty and vivid I just want to paint!


  3. Jessica Keala

    Wow – the colors look so vibrant and beautiful for watercolor! I bet the metallics look pretty incredible! Can’t wait to see how you use them! This makes me want to try these out!

    1. Katrina Post author

      You should go for it, they are really nice to paint with but it does take a while to get used to.

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