The Sennelier L'Aquarelle Extra Fine French Artist's Watercolor Travel set is the perfect artist-grade paint set to take with you on the go!
This set boasts eight-half pans of series 1 & 2 colors and comes complete with a small travel brush. Perfect for gift giving to the budding artist, and also perfect for travel. These watercolors are honey-based and are made in France.
I have been a professional artist and award-winning watercolorist for *ahem* a while. I've tried all of the major professional brands like Windsor & Newton, M. Graham, Holbein, Daler-Rowney, DiVinci, etc. Sennelier is my hands-down favorite for watercolor paint. I find that their colors are much more vibrant than other brands, and the paint it smoother with less graininess, and they are extremely "workable."
This is the perfect set to buy if you are considering a different watercolor paint brand. The tin that this set comes in is Altoids-sized and very portable. The palette is perfect for Plein air watercolor painting. Pair these with the Fabriano watercolor postcards we sell in our Etsy shop for an instant travel watercolor kit!
Sennelier brings to you the quality of their professional artist-grade, French Artist Water Colors in a sweet, budget friendly package.
• 574 Primary Yellow, Series 1
• French Vermillion, Series 2
• 344 Cinereous Blue, Series 1
• 314 French Ultramarine Blue, Series 2
• 805 Phthalo Light Green, Series 1
• 819 Sap Green, Series 1
• 202 Burnt Umber, Series 1
• 703 Payne's Grey, Series 1
Tin = 3 7/8" x 2 2/1" x 7/8"
About Sennelier Watercolors: Watercolors Made in France using traditional methods
The roots of Sennelier watercolors are to be found in the Impressionist school. At that time, painters drew their inspiration from nature and set out to reproduce natural light. Watercolor technique offered spontaneity, lightness of touch, fluidity, and transparency allowing a quick translation of a particular light, vibration or shape. Paul Cézanne, for instance, produced forty or so watercolors of the Mont Sainte Victoire in Provence. Earlier on in England and on the Normandy coast in France, William Turner had turned painting in watercolors as an art form in its own right and had even managed to produce genuine masterpieces. Since then watercolors have become an established part of the history of painting. Artists love them because of their radiance and their spontaneity. It is such a pleasure when the painter plays with the light of the paper and the brightness of fleeting, intense pigments as they glisten, come together and swirl around under his brush producing a whole host of different effects.
Gustave Sennelier opened the doors of the Maison Sennelier at 3 Quai Voltaire in 1887. This Parisian landmark faces the Louvre on the Left Bank, just around the corner from the École des Beaux-Arts. Artists like Cézanne, Gauguin, Monet, Bonnard, Soutine, Picasso, Modigliani, Kandinsky, and Dali made this place a historic rendezvous. A place where the most celebrated names could find the finest colors available for artists.
To create the L'Aquarelle paints, Sennelier consulted watercolorists from all over the world. A panel of professional painters carried out "blind" tests on a number of formulations. They clearly revealed what they were looking for: a watercolor which is luminous, brilliant and intense. L'Aquarelle Sennelier fulfils their every wish.
Honey has many virtues: a symbol of light and sun, an emblem of poetry and science and has been used since Ancient times as a remedy for dry skin and to help heal wounds. This nectar is used in L'Aquarelle Sennelier not only as a preservative but as an additive giving incomparable brilliance and smoothness to the paint. Always striving for excellence, Sennelier has reworked its watercolor formula with increasing the amount of Honey in the paint to reinforce the longevity of the colors, their radiance, and luminosity.
L'Aquarelle Sennelier has been produced in the same way for more than a century using the best pigments and top quality Kordofan Gum Arabic as a bonding agent. This mix of natural ingredients produces colors which have a smooth, bright texture and offer lively, colorful shades. The Gum Arabic and honey combination offers incomparable quality of application, producing superb washes. Then, this base is mixed with pigments and carefully ground. Sennelier makes sure to wet the pigments in purified water (with no mineral salts) for 24 hours before mixing them in with the bonding agent. This improves the way in which the colors and bonding merge together, in turn bringing out the full beauty of the colors.
Sennelier watercolors are ground in the traditional way using grindstones rotating slowly so as not to heat up the paste. This operation is carried out in several stages until the paste is as fine as possible thus getting rid of any particles which might impair the perfection of the wash.
This exceptional and very high-quality watercolor will help you make your works even more powerful due to the liveliness and purity of the hues. The colors mix perfectly, offering superbly subtle shades. These smooth, intense colors will be a genuine pleasure to paint with. The addition of honey will allow the tubes and pans of Sennelier watercolors to stand up to the passing of time and each time you will paint with them you will be able to accurately translate the diversity of light shape and hues.
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