Thursday, August 30, 2012

A Product Review

 
Last week, the kind folks at Martin F. Weber sent me a packet of their new Mijello Mission Gold watercolors to try. I'm in the middle of an acrylic painting, so I haven't done a lot with them yet, but I couldn't wait to at least give them a try! I have to say, if you like really bright, intense colors, you should check these out. One thing that is nice is that they don't fade very much when they dry. I didn't have a lot of luck with lifting out, but it could be the paper I was using; I have had trouble lifting out on Strathmore paper whatever brand of paint I use. The colors went on very smoothly and dispersed well in water washes. I'll definately be playing with these some more.

I also tried out my new Copic fountain pen. I didn't realize Copic made these as well as markers. I had a little trouble with the ink line petering out before I was done, as if the ink wasn't flowing as smoothly as it could have. It could be that the pen has to be used a bit more to get the ink really going, or perhaps it was because they had been stored flat, rather than point down. So the jury is still out on that one!

9 comments:

  1. I'd not heard of this brand so went looking and found them at Dick Blick http://www.dickblick.com/products/mijello-mission-gold-watercolors

    I may have to try these, especially the yellows as I've had trouble getting the intensity I want with what I've been using. Thanks for your review!

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  2. I have to look for them too, because I have as well hard time to get a good yellow... But, so far my favourite watercolours have been and still is "Schmincke Horadam Aquarell (watercolours" however, hard to get here in Canada and they cost a heavy penny over here.

    Lovely bird!!!

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    1. Hi Mari,
      I have been using the Schminke Horadem colors too, and they are lovely paints, but you are right, quite expensive. I had been using yellow Guoache in order to get it bright enough, but I think these new watercolors will help. The yellow I used here is permanent yellow light.

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  3. It's a beautiful painting I'll have to give them a try that's for sure.

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    1. Hi Christiane,
      Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope you have a fun time painting.
      cheers,
      jane

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    2. Hi Christiane,
      Thanks for visiting my blog! I hope you have a fun time painting.
      cheers,
      jane

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  4. Hi Jane - what a coincidence! I was thinking I've used a lot of watercolours recently and some will soon need replacing. But sadly the only uk website that stocks them came up with an error, as did amazon.co.uk :( Maybe our local art shop will have them?

    I like your yellow bird and s/he does look quite intensely yellow :)

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