"Web Update" is the original update for "Hilary Page's Guide to Watercolor Paints" published by Watson-Guptill publications. It covers the paints that have been either upgraded or introduced since the Guide was first published in 1997. Please scroll through the material for your personal use. Commercial use or reprinting of the material is prohibited without prior permission.
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ABOUT "WEB UPDATE"
To the 1,600 paints tested (of which some 1,400 were featured) I have now tested an additional 1000 paints. These additional paints are the subject of "WEB Update " (below) and "update lists' (available via email). Unlike the book, "Hilary Page’s Guide to Watercolor Paints" that shows a detailed visual sample for each of the 1,400 or so paints, "WEB Update" here shows just one representative, handling sample from each brand. I have, however, tested the additional paints using methods identical to those described in the Guide though in the web update shown here, I only give detailed descriptions of individual paints when they are exceptional for either positive or negative reasons. Unfortunately, the "exceptional" often dwells on the individual problem paints whereas, as was shown in my Guide, most paints now on the market are perfectly acceptable. The colors are reproduced to match the original as nearly as possible. The "update lists", available by email, are comprehensive and cover information on all the paints tested since my Guide was published.
page 2 THE BRANDS AND PAINTS
MaimeriBlu 15ml tubes: 72 paints .
The old line has been re-introduced as the MaimeriBlu brand. The paints contain excellent lightfast pigments that give quite a wide range of beautiful, vibrant colors. The paints are ground to be uniformly smooth, even the inorganic ones such as 391 Ultramarine Light PB29.
A paint in the MaimeriBlu range that I particularly like is 114 Permanent Yellow Deep PY139. This is a new synthetic organic isoindoline pigment and at present is unique to MaimeriBlu and Daniel Smith's Isoindoline Yellow. It is an excellent match for Cadmium Yellow Deep PY35 but without the cadmium’s toxicity.
112 Permanent Yellow Lemon PY175 (the
same pigment as Winsor Lemon) is another favorite since
it is the perfect substitute for Aureolin which is
impermanent (see below). I also like 460 Mineral
Violet PV16 (manganese) and 440 Ultramarine Violet
440 (PV16) because the colors are attractive. Note
that the paint 374 Cobalt Blue Deep PB28 is made
with the same pigment as in 373 Cobalt Blue Light PB28.
The Cobalt Blue Deep PB73 pigment is not used in this
Venezia 15ml tubes, 36 paints
There are a couple of paints to be wary of: 174 Crimson Lake PR254,PR206 [ABOVE] is not crimson at all (despite the crimson color on the tube). Rather, it is a combination of Pyrrole red PR254 and Brown Madder Quinacridone PR206 and so it is a slightly dull yellow-biased red.
Venezia’s 416 Cerulean blue has a misleading name. Not in compliance with the ASTM labeling requirements, the name gives no indication that it is not made with the expensive pigment usually associated with "Cerulean" (oxides of cobalt and tin). Instead it is made with the much cheaper and less evocative pigment, phthalocyanine blue red shade PB15:1 with white added to make it appear like genuine Cerulean. I should add that the tube does show the pigments included but the majority of buyers do not check this. Here's a reason to start checking now!
Holbein 5ml & 15ml tubes: 24 new paints The new paints extend the watercolor line to a total of 108. All Holbein paints are extremely well made. They handle superbly and the unique character of each individual pigment such as textural or smooth is beautifully preserved. 48 Antique Irodori paints covered in LISTS
The newest Holbein paints also include an iridescent Silver and Gold (interference colors) and some "mixed" pastel colors as well as the latest new pigment colors- Rose Violet PR122 (the same as Winsor & Newton's Quinacridone Magenta PR122 and Bamboo Green PG36 (Winsor-Phthalocyanine green yellow shade) and a Permanent Alizarin Crimson. They are very good. You can check the colors of these pigments in the Guide.
Holbein’s beautiful, luminous Bright Rose and Bright Violet are fugitive and clearly marked as such. They should be avoided unless for short-term display. Another more serious caveat: the following four paints in the established-not the new ones- line are not marked as fugitive, but according to my tests they have inferior lightfastness when compared to other paints on the market. These are Crimson Lake PR83, Carmine PR83, Scarlet Lake PR48 and Permanent Rose PR60. Note also that this "Permanent Rose" is not a Quinacridone paint. I mention these out of frustration really, because otherwise Holbein paints are so superior and handle so superbly.
American Journey 37ml tubes: 51 paints (Cheap Joe’s)
Especially memorable are the names! Red Hot Momma PR188, Fire Engine Red PR188,PV19 and Bumble bee Yellow PY97 to name but a few! Several paints are named for the artists’ who use them such as Andrews Turquoise, Getz Grey and, of course, Joe’s (phthalo) Blue PB15 and Joe’s (phthalo) Green PG7! However, I have reservations about a few names. Brown Madder Quinacridone PR101, PV19 for instance [ABOVE], is named as if it is just a quinacridone pigment when in fact it is made with both "Indian Red" PR101, a relatively inexpensive red iron oxide pigment and Permanent Rose (quinacridone) PV19. The dark mass tone color of Manganese Blue PB33, PB15 (phthalo) indicates that the paint is mainly phthalo blue but this is not evident from the paint name. I should add that the pigment content is indeed clearly listed on the tube. However, the ASTM specifies that after the paint name, the words "Hue" should be used if the paint contains pigment substitution and "Mixed" if more than one pigment is used from the generally understood pigment content implied by the name.
Wild Fuchsia (American Journey) is a beautiful, brilliant pink. That the paint is fugitive is clearly marked on the tube and in the catalog. Though a tad less lightfast, it is similar in color to Holbein’s Opera.
Typically there is a problem with Aureolin. The good news is that American Journey’s "Aureolin" PY40, PY3 is a mixture of both Aureolin Cobalt Yellow PY40 and the more stable and cheaper PY3 though this is not indicated in the paint name. The bad news is that the paint contains enough Cobalt Yellow for the pigment to react with the medium causing the tube to almost explode! And it’s expensive too!
page 6 AUREOLIN ALERT! THE DEFECTIVE PAINT!
Here I will
digress a little to give you a general warning about Aureolin PY40 (Cobalt Yellow)
brands. Despite the ASTM ‘s good recommendation (rated ASTM
II), my tests show, and manufacturers agree, that the pigment Aureolin PY40
turns BROWN and FADES even in a dry state.
Note: a few brands list an “Aureolin Hue”. Usually it is made with a warmer, more orange-biased yellow, PY97 or PY151. These are not the best substitutes. They do not match Aureolin PY40 so closely and so do not work nearly so well for color mixing as does PY175 as in Winsor Lemon. The actual color of both Aureolin and PY175 is a warm lemon that will mix with reds to produce bright orange colors, and will mix with blues to produce fresh, vibrant greens.
& 21ML: 17 UPGRADED PAINTS Winsor & Newton's 2nd range.
I recommend the Cotman's
Permanent Alizarin Crimson (a pyrrole and quinacridone
mix) [BELOW]. Compared to the genuine
Alizarin Crimson PR83, it is indeed permanent. Both
have been exposed to the same amount of sunlight. My
sample of Rose Madder Hue (Cotman) was not
especially lightfast. This is surprising since it is
comprised of the same pigments as in Permanent Alizarin
Crimson which as shown, tested out very well.
DANIEL SMITH:14+ NEW PAINTS: Green Gold PG10 has been replaced with Rich Green Gold PY129, the same color as Winsor & Newton’s Green Gold! Phthalo Blue red shade PB15:1 has been added as have some lovely new natural earth colors. The color of two of the new colored iridescent paints are fade somewhat (see lists- email me for them) The color fades but not the sparkle!
page 8 APPENDIX
PAINT QUALITY: “Professional
Artists’” versus “2nd range , “Budget” Paints: NO STANDARDS!
page 10 BE INFORMED AND SAVE MONEY!
I hope you find “Web Update” useful. Remember it is limited. I provide comprehensive information in my GUIDE and the LISTS that accompany it. You will be able to save yourself a great deal of money by being well informed about the paints you buy, first because you will avoid duplicating paints from varied brands that maybe are on an instructor's supply list, and second because you will avoid buying bad paints. My Guide will give you the information you need and easily pay for itself from the money saved. It makes fascinating reading too! You can benefit from the more than two years of non-stop work that it took me to assemble the materials, do the tests and synthesize the information.
If you already own a copy of the Guide then you can print out “Web Update” and store it, together with the LISTS, within the covers of the book to complete your paint-buying reference material! If you don’t own the Guide then let me tell you about it. "Hilary Page's Guide to Watercolor Paints" (Watson-Guptill) is the definitive buyers’ guide to watercolor paints, comparing and contrasting their pigment content, quality, lightfastness, mixing potential and handling characteristics, with visual samples of nearly 1, 500 paints. The brands covered are: Winsor & Newton, Daniel Smith, Schmincke, Fragonard Pebeo, Rowney, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Old Holland, Sennelier, Grumbacher, Blockx, M.Graham, Academy, Impellist Sakura, Da Vinci, Shiva, Georgian, and Koi Sakura with some information on Yarka, Pelican, Lukas, Pentel, Linel, and Niji. The Guide also provides invaluable information on the PIGMENTS used in all artists paints regardless of the medium. Pigment information includes lightfastness ratings, chemical content toxicity, the latest ASTM ratings, reflectance curves and a pigment compendium for easy reference. The pigments described are referred to in the LISTS below. The Guide also provides illustrated, historical and practical background on paints, “Visual Complements” and "Convenience Lists" that tabulate staining, textural, transparent, opaque and two-tone paints. It ends with a complete manufacturer’s paint index!
LISTS OF NEW PAINTS, PIGMENTS & HILARY PAGE RATINGS & COMMENTS
Complete lists of all the NEW Paints and Pigments that have been introduced since the Guide was published WITH RATINGS and COMMENTS by Hilary Page are now available. The brands covered are American Journey, (Cheap Joe) 53 Paints, Cotman 17 Paints upgraded from their line of 50 paints that are valuated in the Guide, Holbein 24 new Paints (in addition to the 80 paints rated in the Guide, Holbein's 48 Antique Irodori paints, MaimeriBlu 72 Paints, Rowney 80 Paints (includes 34 new and 19 improved Paints) , Susan Schwee Watercolors 20 Paints, Utrecht 36 Paints, Venezia 36 Paints. M.Graham's reformulated paints (the other ones are described in my Guide. a few, new Daniel Smith paints. It is intended that you print off the lists and store them (and Update'00 ) within the covers of your Guide to complete your paint reference material. If you do not own a copy of the 178 page "Hilary Page's Guide to Watercolor Paints", please see the ordering information below. The money you will save on paints will easily pay for this specially priced Guide because you will avoid buying duplicate paints. Note commercial use or reprinting of the material is prohibited without prior permission. To receive your complete Update Lists with Hilary Page RATINGS and COMMENTS single click firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name and complete snail mail address
It is my wish that both "WEB Update" and "Hilary Page's Guide to Watercolor Paints" and the accompanying UPDATE LISTS will make your paint purchasing easier, better informed and more enjoyable as you buy the best paints possible to suit your particular style and budget. Happy Painting! Hilary Page- November 2007