Art haul - Gansai Tambi watercolours (36 set + 12 new colours)
Above: Gansai Tambi 48 set (including 12 new colours)
Gansai Tambi Watercolours
Since I purchased the Arteza coloured pencils, I thought to myself, how much more affordable art materials are there that are brilliant? I think I'm going through some sort of art shopping spree which is made easier and hard to resist, courtesy of Amazon. Spending money has become so easy, especially when it comes to shiny new art stuff. LOL.
I've looked into a few reviews and the Gansai Tambi watercolours came up as a good option if you're looking at watercolours. I've tested it a few times since, so I'll note down a few things about it.
The box needs to be stored flat with the pans upright. Therefore it's not portable.
The pans are labelled on the back with the colour number which is really handy. This means you don't have to worry about forgetting it's correct placement in the box.
The pans are much wider which allows for larger paint brushes, but it is very shallow so it doesn't mean you get more paint.
The paint dries shiny in areas where there is lots of pigment. If I'm only doing a light wash, it dries matt.
Paper makes a huge difference in how the paint reacts. I find that if I use smooth paper, it has a tendency to create more edges. If I use textured paper, this is less likely.
It's not opaque, but it is much more pigmented than some watercolours.
There is a great variety of colours and I like that there is also a couple of skin tones available that I can use immediately.
Above: Label on the back of each Gansai Tambi watercolour pan
Things I considered before buying
After deciding to purchase the Gansai Tambi watercolours, I had to choose on which set I wanted to buy. So far, I had the following options:
36 set for £49.04. Sale price is £37.99 (£1.06 per pan)
24 set for £29.99 (£1.25 per pan)
18 set for £32.21. Sale price is £21.76 (£1.21 per pan)
12 set for £22.46 (£1.87 per pan)
Looking at the cost per pan, The 36 set came out as the cheapest. As much as it's fun to mix colours, I also find that it is convenient to have colours ready for me. I found that having the 48 set of coloured pencils useful and I didn't feel lacking with colour. I've previously owned a 24 set and sometimes felt I needed more colour too, so it was an easy decision to get the 36 set Gansai Tambi watercolours.
After I purchased the 36 set, I then realised that there was a 48 Gansai Tambi watercolour set available for £52.63! Woe is me! When I realised that I missed the colours on the 48 set, I checked if there was a way I could just get the colours that I missed. Luckily, there is a 12 set I was able to buy and was referred to as a 12 set 'new colours' Gansai Tambi watercolours. I couldn't find this on Amazon, but was able to it on Ebay.
Overall, I'm absolutely pleased with my purchase. I spent a total of £56.98 for a total of 48 colours. It's not the cheapest watercolour you can find, but I have no complaints with the quality and potential of the paints. I'm looking forward to experimenting.
Above: Light wash swatches of Gansai Tambi Watercolours
Above: Watercolour swatches (more pigment, less water)
Above: Light wash swatches of Gansai Tambi Watercolours... with Kawaii faces, just because.