Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Watercolour Painting Plus contains 16 half pans, 3 watercolour tubes and there is an extra space for 3 more watercolour tubes if you wish to buy more and put them in. Like most of watercolour sets, it has a space for the paintbrush.
It is great size wise and also sturdy all around so I never need to be worried when I went out travelling with it in my bag. From the start, it was quite hard to open, which I got used to it later on but in some mornings, I struggled a bit. It is better that it is so secure though!
It is also very nice to paint with, you can go as saturated or as translucent as you want, however the few green pans (especially Sap Green, which its colour is actually pretty) are not as forgiving to use – for some reasons, they don’t seem to get saturated that easily. You will need to be patient and keep brushing the colour out with water.
I have been using Cotman’s about a year after upgrading from my old Reeves watercolour tin. Reeves is a great watercolour set for anyone wanting to get started with watercolour, it is very cheap and I still use it once in the while, although some of pans are run out. The colours you get from Reeves are lovely and saturated but can be beautifully translucent if you use enough water to dilute them.
Another great thing about this Cotman watercolour set is that their pans are replaceable whenever they run out and you can buy an individual half pan from pretty anywhere online or most of the art shops like Cowling & Wilcox, Hobby Craft, Cass Art etc. Removing the pans can be tricky, you might need a blunt scissor or the end of the paintbrush to get it out. And be careful!
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