Holbein Watercolors Paint Review.
Today I’m giving you a peek at a new “tool of the trade” that I got from Japan! Just the fact it came from Japan makes me happy.
But okay, I’ve done some swatches and wrote down my first impressions about it. It’s about Holbein Watercolors Paint and it’s going to be in a smilar fashion like the one I did about the White Nights watercolor paint. I’m comparing the paint to White Nights as this is the only paint I properly did a review about and that I’ve been using the most. It’s not going to be as detailed as I found that Holbein had a lot of similarities with White Nights. Both paints are described as a high quality artist paint.
Let’s get started!
1. Price And Packaging.
I got this paint from Amazon and it was sold by Akiba Japan (Sukiyaki Japan). The paint comes in small tubes and each tube is 5ml, unlike other tubes which are usually 12 or 15 ml. The original price is $79.99. I’ve read a lot of good things about this paint and I knew I wanted to have it sooner or later. The price hold me back me though, because what if I didn’t like it? After browsing the web for new watercolor brands, I stumbled upon the sale on Amazon and I could get it for $29.99.
2. Usage Of The Paint.
Since the watercolor come in tubes, you have to have an empty palette with e.g. pans or half pans. I haven’t found one yet in a Dutch art store, so I only transferred very tiny dollops of paint on a clean porcelain palette.
The dollops of paint will firm up, but watercolours just need a touch of water to be activated again. Therefore it’s best to squeeze some of the paint in an empty palette, so you don’t have to use the tubes every time. You just need to keep the paint dry and closed off and this will make sure that colors stay pretty and vibrant for a long period of time. For more watercolor tips you can read my “5 Things To Keep In Mind With Watercolors” article. You can always use “fresh paint” from the tube, but for me, it really depends on the painting I’m doing and because I don’t want to waste paint, I keep the tubes stored away and the palette close by.
3. The Color Range.
The colors in this box are the following:
Chinese White – Ivory Black Hue – Burnt Umber – Burnt Sienna – Prussian Blue – Cobalt Blue Hue – Viridian Hue – Permanent Green No.1 – Permanent Yellow Light – Yellow Ochre – Vermillion Hue – Crimson Lake.
Gorgeous colors! But I’m biased as I love colors in general. However the colors are very vibrant when it comes out of the tube.
4. Swatches, Thoughts and a Doodle.
Well. What did I think of this highly praised watercolor brand? Like I said at the beginning, it has a lot of similarities with White Nights. However in short, Holbein’s colors are more stable when it comes in color pay-off and consistency of the colors. The colors are vibrant and the label reflects the color perfectly. Unlike White Nights, where I often was surprised at the actual color of the paint. Also a difference between White Nights and Holbein is the structure of the paint. Even though they are both “higher end” paints, White Nights is granier and this can be seen in the color wash as well. Holbein’s washes are very, very smooth, almost like a cream and you see almost no grains. This is what I mean with the consistency of the paint and the reason why you pay a lot more for Holbein than White Nights.
With both paints, a little bit of paint goes a long way. Of course this also depends on how you actually use the paint. Personally, I use thin washes of paint that I layer over each other. The paint is very smooth and it dries to a velvety finish. There’s no major difference between the Holbein colors either. They are all very pure colors with the same level of opacity. I didn’t have to play around with the water level to get the wash that I wanted. With White Nights, the darker colors had a lot more pigment and this resulted in a granier wash. This can also give a blotchy look upon drying.
Despite the better quality of the Holbein paint, I don’t see a very big difference in the end result when I use it. I might have a different opinion when I’ve used the paint for a lot more paintings though. First impression is that White Nights creates a similar end result, which is a soft and velvelty finish. So if you can’t decide on what paint to get, your budget will help you out.
On a budget, but want to upgrade to a better brand? I’d advice to go with White Nights. If you can afford more or see Holbein on sale, do grab yourself a box as the colors and texture are truly, truly wonderful.
A little doodle with Holbein!
For all you creatives out there, hope this is helpful. If you have more questions, just let me know in the comments below or use the contact form.
Disclaimer. I am in NO way sponsored to write this review and I get all my art materials with my own stash of golden coins. 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. 🙂