Winsor & Newton has just released a new Desert Collection range of watercolour paints. Apparently, they are limited edition paints. Winsor & Newton, why? Anyway, I bought myself some tubes to try it out.
What's also new is the redesigned packaging they are now using. Looks like they are going back to the old school days of just showing off the shiny metal tubes.
This is the previous packaging for their watercolour tubes. Personally, I prefer this design because the colour is on white, so it's very clear what colour is in the tube.
Daler Rowney's watercolour tubes are also pretty clear. I like this even better because the colour swatches are printed even bigger.
Daniel Smith's design is also quite nice.
Winsor & Newton's redesigned packaging only has a small stripe of colour on the front, and an even smaller stripe on the back. In this case for the Dark Brown, it's not easy to even notice the colour stripe on it.
Just in case you can't see clearly, the words and colour are printed on a transparent plastic that's wrapped round the tube.
New packaging aside, the paint looks good, and that's probably all that matters.
What you see above are Yellow Titanate (PBr24), Transparent Orange (PO107) and Gold Brown (PBk12) on cold pressed paper.
These are the same colours but on smoother paper.
These are Dark Brown (PY164), Indian Red Deep (PBr25) and Phthalo Sapphire (PB15:6).
Again the colours on smoother paper.
The hue of Dark Brown, Indian Red Deep and Phthalo Sapphire are not easy to discern from the paint.
The new colours are now added to my Winsor Newton box. It's just nice that I've six empty pan slots. Darn, French Ultramarine is almost used up.
Head over to Jackson's Art Blog to see artist Ann Blockley's experiments with these colours which are admittedly more exciting that my own presentation.
The Winsor & Newton Desert Collection is available on Amazon and Jackson's Art Supplies (UK).
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