White Nights Watercolors Paint Review.
As promised here is the review about the White Nights watercolor paint that I mostly use for my art at the moment. After a long search, browsing many sites and reading a bunch of reviews, I settled for White Nights. Why this brand? Well, in a lot of reviews it is praised for its pigmentation and high paint quality.
In one review, White Nights got compared to Winsor & Newton Artisan (W&N). W&N Artisan is the highest pigmented watercolor line of W&N, but it’s not that friendly for my wallet at the moment. White Nights turned out to be a “wallet-friendly” alternative as it’s labeled as an artists’ extra fine quality paint. And gotta tell you, I immediately noticed a difference in color pay-off when I painted with it.
I have two boxes. One is a 12 pan travel box, that I got last year for EUR 19,95 and the second one is the biggest box that my Art store was selling with 24 pans. This was EUR 35,95. The 24 pans can be bought cheaper for EUR 24,95, but you only get the pans and no palette or case.
As you can see on the pictures, the paint comes in a white plastic case. The pans themselves are wrapped with tin foil and thin paper stating the name of the color. All in all, it’s not bad. The case is light weight, so it won’t weigh your bag down if you want to bring it along. There is an extra little palette area, but since it’s plastic, I don’t think I’ll use it. Like I told in my “5 Things To Keep In Mind With Watercolors” post, I prefer porcelain. The only thing I find a bit annoying is that there is a bit too much space between the pans. I removed all the wrapping and when I placed the pans back, I could slide the pans around a bit. This could get a bit messy when you start painting. But okay, for the price and the quality of the paint, I should not complain.
The colors in my travel box are: Cadmium Lemon, Carmine, Green, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Ultramarine, Umber, Yellow Ochre, Blue, Burnt Umber, Cadmium Red Light, Emerald Green and Neutral Black. The second box extended my color range with the following: Golden, Titan Red, Red Ochre, English Red, Madder Lake Red Light, Violet, Cobalt Blue, Indigo, Yellow-Green, Green, Raw Sienna, Umber, Mars Brown and Sepia.
So what do I think of the paint itself and the actual use of it? I decided to create like a color chart thing to add in the paint box, because once you remove the wrap, there is no indication what color it is. I do recognize the colors and their hues, but the actual names I tend to forget hehe. So now I have a reference for myself and future reviews. The paint swatches are done on Canson Montval 200 grams fine structured watercolor paper. Let’s start with my thoughts!
1. Really pigmented and vibrant colors. I had to get used to this when I first started painting. It’s very easy to start out too heavy with the color. Below you see a swatch of all the colors from the big palette. The first picture is just one wash. The second are two washes of paint which I applied after the first one was completely dry.
2. It feels heavier/grainier when you paint. The paint is made from natural ingredients and it’s more pigmented, because of this the washes are heavier. I advice to do a test swap before you paint the actually piece as the wash can be too strong and if it’s too strong from the start, you can really mess up your work. Unless you want a really “colored feel” to the piece, then by all means go for it 🙂
3. The “staining” power, how the color attaches to the paper, is a lot stronger as well. Especially Carmine, Neutral Black and Ultramarine, have a strong color pay-off and when it’s on the paper, it stays put. Not easy to remove when you’ve made a mistake.
4. The water jars and the palette get dirty a lot quicker. Again this is due to the pigment. The jar in the picture is how dirty it got after I swatched every color in the palette. It’s definitely nearing the stage where I would refresh the water. The reason for not using that water can be read in my watercolor tips article.
5. I don’t have any white or flesh colors. With the second box I extended my color range with more sub-colors. However, for the white and flesh color I still use the Reeves watercolor tubes. I’ve painted with both White Nights and the Reeves tubes and they work perfectly fine together.
6. The colors mix easily and flow into each other really quickly, almost forming one wash instead of having this gradient feel to it. I found it quite annoying at first as it means I need to wait a tiny bit longer before I could add another color. But after painting a bit, I got used to this new “color flow“.
7. It has a softer finish when it’s dry, but in a different way though. Watercolors tend to dry soft and dreamy, but this almost felt like velvet. A lot smoother and it scans a lot prettier too.
To see the scanned version of the Cupcake-Baked Goodie Pie, click here.
8. You don’t need to use a lot of layers when you paint. This is obviously different for each artist, but for my work (the cupcakes, monster, dragons etc.) I don’t want to have a whole lot of color layers as there needs to be a certain “airy & flowy” feel to it. I finished a highly detailed painting a while back and I really had to keep an eye on the depth and the intensity of the wash.
I think this is it for White Nights! I still have my eyes on W&N Artisan paint and on Golden Open Acrylics as I’m always looking out for new art material. Hope this will help when you’re on the look-out for a new watercolor brand! If you have questions, just comment below or use the contact form.
Enjoy your day and till next time, Lovely Readers!
Disclaimer. I am in NO way sponsored to write this review and I get all my art materials by myself. Also, I am not a professional reviewer and I base my review solely on how I paint and what I think about it. There are plenty of sites where you can read reviews about paint, so if this isn’t detailed enough or you need more pictures, feel free to browse further. 🙂