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Top 10 Watercolor Sets For Beginners in the Test! 2019 Edition

October 12, 2019

– Hey and welcome back to my channel. It’s so nice to see you here. Now, I got a lot of questions about, Mako, what are the best
watercolors for beginners? I don’t know what to buy. I know there are so many
options and I feel like the past couple of
months, there are so many different brands popping
out of nowhere that I just can’t keep up with and
that’s why in this video, I’m going to test out
the top 10 most popular watercolor sets that are
between five to 45 dollars. I will test them on
students and professional watercolor paper just to see
if there’s a huge difference and we’ll also talk about
the pros and the cons so you know exactly what you’re buying. I also got a lot of questions
about how you can figure out how to mix the perfect color
because even if you have the most beautiful colors in
your set, it’s really important to understand color theory
and even though I made a video about how to avoid muddy colors, it’s very short and very
intense, I must say, and before we give up and
feel super frustrated, I would recommend to check
out Skillshare which I’m super happy that they’re
partnering with me again because I just believe in this platform. I found amazing videos
about how to mix colors, how to control water and
even how to figure out what colors work together
to create a very beautiful composition and harmony in your painting. The best part is that they go
really deep into the topic. So it’s not the quick video on YouTube. It’s really in depth and I
love learning on Skillshare. If you don’t know what Skillshare is, it’s basically an online
learning community for creatives with more than 25,000 classes in design, business, lifestyle, and more. I also got a lot of questions
about how do I sell my art? How do I scan, print it
and even, how do I find the right price for it? So, if you want to learn more about that, you can learn everything
about that on Skillshare. So, if you want to test it
out, check out the link in the description box down
below to get full access to the premium content
for two months for free. Of course, I will link all
the classes I just mentioned in the description box down
below so you can check it out and just start learning. For now, let’s go ahead and
swatch some paint, shall we? The first set in the test is the Camel watercolor set for artists. It comes with 18 different colors in tubes and I think you can get it
on Amazon India for about $6. For the test, I’ll be using
Britannia watercolor paper by Hahnemühle and 100% cotton
paper by Winsor & Newton and also Arches. Now, the first thing I
notice that these colors had a really strong smell. I’m not sure if it’s
just my batch of paints but I’m just watching the
colors for a few minutes, I got a huge headache. I don’t know why. Let me know in the
comments if it’s just me or if you have experienced
something similar because this smell was really strong. Other than that, the
colors look really vibrant and pretty transparent except
for the yellowish colors and it was also easy for
me to blend the colors and the paint was blooming nicely as well. One of the downsides is the
strong smell that I mentioned and if you’re a beginning, I
think it can be a little bit tricky to figure out how
much paint you actually need. With watercolors, you want to paint within transparent layers and if you have tubes and you’re a beginner,
you might tend to use it as acrylics and use it really thickly. Plus, you also need to
get a mixing pad first before you can start painting. Now, if you look at both
charts, you will notice that the colors look slightly
more even and vibrant on the 100% cotton paper. That’s why it’s key to use
the right watercolor paper if you want your paint to really shine. The next set in the test is
the Winsor & Newton Cotman set that you can get for about $13. This small pocket set comes
with 12 different colors and half pens which I always
recommend beginners to get because it’s just way easier to handle when you’re just starting out. They are also inside a
plastic box where you can mix the colors right away. These colors are slightly
less vibrant compared to the first set but they’re
a little bit more transparent. The only downside here is
that the paler blue saturation is a little week in the beginning. So, it takes some time to pick up as much pigment as possible. But everything else is
very easy to activate. I like the color choice
because you get warm and cool colors that
allow you to mix a lot of different colors from very
bright to more muted colors. And as you can also see,
the colors look a lot more evenly dried on the cotton paper compared to the cellulose
paper on the left side. Next in the test, we have
the Van Gogh or Van Gogh pocket set that you can get for about $16. It comes with 15 different
colors in half pans inside a plastic box with
mixing areas as well. It offers a variety of different
colors that you can use to mix any color you like. The color choice is also similar to the Winsor & Newton Cotman
set, but the colors look a lot more vibrant and
slightly more opaque, especially the yellows and
the greens, but that’s okay. The paint was blooming nicely
and it was easy to blend two colors together. If you compare thm on
the two different papers, you will see that again, the colors look a lot more
vibrant on the cotton paper. Next set in the test is by Arteza that you can get for about $18. It comes with 12 different
colors in half pans inside a metal box. I would say the color
chart is really misleading. Lemon and Cadmium yellow
look the same on the picture, but the rest was really way off. Even though the colors looked vibrant, they were a lot more opaque
compared to the previous sets ’cause you could see how
the black line was covered in the paint, especially
on the cellulose paper. The reason why I like to
use transparent colors is because it’s much easier
to mix bright and clean colors and also layer them nicely
on top of each other. What can happen when you
mix rather opaque colors is that the mixture might end
up looking dull and muddy. The color choice was
slightly different as well. The cool red, blue, and
yellow were similar to magenta, cyan, and yellow. This can be great if you want
to paint something colorful and you really want to have
bold and really shining colors, but they were also a lot more
opaque which could lead to more dull colors and a hard
time painting in layers. Nevertheless, the paint
was blooming nicely and it was easy to blend
the colors together. Next, we have a watercolor
set by Sennelier called La Petite that you
can get for about $20. It comes with 12 different
colors in a plastic case where you can mix the colors
directly inside the box. I’m gonna say the box
looks really beautiful. The lively color was
slightly weak as well, but the rest of the colors
looks really vibrant and almost completely transparent. We have a variety of cool and warm colors. The paint bloomed nicely and
it was also easy to blend everything smoothly. As a side note, the binder that
is used in Sennelier paints is honey, so if you’re
vegan, this might not be something for you. This you can see, the colors
looked even more saturated and vibrant on the cotton paper. Next, we have the Prima Marketing
watercolor confection set with the classic colors that
you can get for about $22. It comes with 12 different
colors in half pans inside a metal box. What I notice here immediately is the way the colors were arranged. Usually, the order is yellow,
red, blue, green, and so on. But here, it was rather the opposite. Also, the names of each
color were very specific. You could find more
abstract names like pinky, ice blue, and cocoa to more specific names like red, orange, yellow, and green. I think what they were going
for is magenta yellow cyan system next to yellow red blue, which I appreciate because
it kinda gives you the option to mix lots of very
vibrant colors if that’s what you’re looking for. Compared to the other
sets, you can clearly see how different the red and blues are. They rather look like neon colors, so I think if you really
just want to paint something super colorful and bold, these colors could work great for you. But if you paint more landscapes
and nature in general, these might be a little bit too bright. There are also gray, black,
and white, which I don’t think it’s super necessary but it’s
just my personal preference. The colors look a little bit more opaque. They were blooming nicely
and I could also easily blend everything together. The dark blue color was
granulating, meaning you could see some pigments gathering
together on the paper and when I tested the
blooming of the colors, you could see blue particles. Next on the list is the
Winsor & Newton Blue Box that you can get for about $25. It comes with 12 half
pans inside a metal box. Here, the colors were
slightly different compared to the pocket box, such as
the blues and the browns and instead of the white,
there was a black color. Again, I also had the same
issue with making the blue super saturated and the
color didn’t want to release all the pigments, so the
light blue was really light in the end. But other than that, the colors
looked still pretty vibrant and seem transparent. Next, we have the Daniel
Smith essentials set with six colors that you
can get for about $28. The colors look really
vibrant and super transparent. They bloom and blend nicely. I really love working with
them but the downside is that this set comes in tubes and you only have three main colors to mix everything up, unless of course, you buy the
second set with more colors. So here, you would really
need to practice color mixing to know exactly what
paint and how much of it you need to mix a specific color. You will also need to have
an additional mixing palette. I think if you really
want to learn how to mix certain colors and you want to
invest in high quality paint, this could be something
for you, but again, if you feel this would be too overwhelming and you don’t really know
how to use tubes in general, I would rather stick to watercolor pans with 12 different colors
until you’re more familiar with how to mix certain
colors and how to really work and get the most out of your paint. But the colors were super
vibrant, transparent, and I personally love
working with them, as I said. I like to have a limited
color palette because it’s less overwhelming for me. If you have too many
colors and you randomly choose anything, you might
end up with muddy colors. So, here you need to
be more conscious about what you’re doing, which
I think is really great if you want to practice color mixing. As you can see, I tried my
best to mix the same colors but they were slightly different
because the ratio of the specific colors were slightly different. Next on the list, we have
another set by the brand of Van Gogh. It comes with 12 different
colors in half pans and inside a metal box. Here, you also have cool
and warm yellows, reds, blues, greens, browns, and
a black and white color. The colors look pretty much the same compared to the pocket set. They are vibrant. Some colors are slightly
more opaque but they bloom and blend also very nicely. I personally never use
white to mix colors. So, for me, I’d rather have
this spot for another color, but if you want to make certain
colors more pastel light an more opaque, then
maybe this is something you actually want. Last but not lease, we
have the Schmincke Academy watercolor set that you
can get for about $44. It comes with 12 half pans in a metal box. This was actually my very
first set that I bought over 10 years ago when
I started to play around with watercolors. By the way, this set is new. My old one was just way too disgusting. Here, you also have cool and warm yellows, reds, blues, greens,
browns, and a black color. The colors are pretty vibrant. Some of them were slightly
more opaque than others and they bloom and blend nicely. As I said, when I bought this set, when I upgraded to proper
watercolors, it opened a whole new world to me because through this set, I realized what a difference
quality paint can make. Now, all in all, I can say
that you can’t really see a huge, huge difference between
all those different sets except for the Prima
Marketing watercolor set with the magenta and cyan and
the use of gray and white. So, this is one that really stood out. So, with this set, it might
be a little bit difficult to create a more natural in
landscape paintings because the colors are just so
colorful and you really need to tone down the colors by mixing
more colors into the mixture. But if it’s something
that you’re looking for, maybe it is perfect for you. The Camel and Arteza and
the watercolor confections classic set also don’t
really have information about what pigments they use
or how lifelast they are on the package, meaning
you don’t really know how long they will last exposed to sunlight. So, if you would like to
be really in control of what you’re using and also
be able to possibly sell your original artwork, I
would either do some research or avoid those because you
never know what to expect unless of course, you test it out and experiment for yourself. Also, the downside is that
you can’t really replace the colors when you run out of anything. So, you might have to
look into other brands or buy something else
that you can use instead. Same goes for the Sennelier La Petite. You also can’t really exchange the colors but the set is still really beautiful. Another important thing that
is really important to me is that the watercolors are
transparent because I really like working in layers
and creating glazes. So, if the colors are just too opaque, it might be difficult and if
you mix opaque colors together, they also can create a very
muddy and dull version. So, you also want to look into that. Now, there are pigments that
are naturally more opaque but if you don’t have any
information whatsoever on the package, you don’t
really know what to expect and I really like to be, like
I want to know what’s inside. So if you buy something
that is super cheap or something low quality
and you notice that everything is opaque,
that’s not a good sign and we noticed that when we
tested out the very, very cheap watercolors that
they had so many colors and it was just a nightmare. Now, the transparency
varies from set to set and from color to color but
what they all had in common is the fact that they looked
a lot better on professional watercolor paper and this
brings me to the importance of watercolor paper. I think as a beginner, you
tend to focus on the best watercolor set that you
can get and only invest a little bit into the watercolor
paper because it feels like it’s not that important
but, it’s very important because even if you have
super quality watercolor paint and you use very cheap watercolor paper, they can’t really shine. So you kinda have to find a middle ground. So what I would personally do,
I would look into my budget and invest a lot into
the paper and the rest, I would use for brushes
and then the paint ’cause if you have a very
expensive watercolor set but very, very bad paper, it’s like literally a waste of money
because you can’t really get the full potential out of them. So, don’t feel like you have
to get the most expensive watercolor set whatsoever
because you don’t. Sometimes, it just really
depends on your budget, where you’re from and what
set you feel most drawn to. Let me know in the comments
below if you have tried any of those sets and
what your experience was, what did you like, what you
didn’t, so we can learn from each other and everyone else
can read up on your comments. I really hope it was helpful. Don’t forget to check out the
link in the description box down below to get your two
month free trial on Skillshare. Thank you so much for watching. Have a wonderful day and I will see you in my next video, bye!


  • Reply makoccino October 5, 2019 at 2:03 pm

    Happy Saturday! I'm back with a much-anticipated watercolor testing video! I selected the top 10 watercolors of this year to test them out on different paper! I really hope it'll give you some clarity on what to buy! If you're wondering where the kuratake watercolor sets are, they are different to regular western watercolor sets so I didn't include them here! For more testing videos, please check out the description for the links!

  • Reply J BETH October 5, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for the video it helps me a lot😍❤❤

  • Reply Planetz October 5, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Wow this popped up at a perfect time, I really wanted some watercolors!

  • Reply Ryen Kubin October 5, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Thank you so much for this vid im a beginner at watercolor and i dont want bad watercolor but not professional! thank you love you.

  • Reply Tatyana Georgieva October 5, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    Very helpful video as I am looking to buy watercolor but don't know which one's Thanks Mako😆

    Can you also do gouache paints

  • Reply Jo Anne Owens October 5, 2019 at 3:28 pm

    I have many brands of watercolors…Prima, Cotman, Sennilier, Van Gogh, QoR and Daniel Smith!

    If people are looking for quality beginners paints, I recommend Van Gogh hands down. They come in pan sets as well as tubes which you can create pans from. The colors are vibrant, heavily pigmented, easy to blend and very inexpensive, depending on the site you can buy a tube for under $3! I have heard from other artists that they even have kept them on their palettes after they have migrated to high end paints, which says a lot!

    For high end paints, I prefer Daniel Smith for all the wonderful, unusual colors and textures they create. I was very impressed with what you could create with just the 6 primary colors, however, but it is difficult to not buy so many of their wonderful colors, lol.

    Thank you for this video!

  • Reply michelle rhoads October 5, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Ive tried watercolors and my paper beads up, am i doing something wrong?

  • Reply Y Hoa October 5, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    i like your video so much. love from Vietnam

  • Reply Anamika Agarwala October 5, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    How to avoid granulating of watercolor?

  • Reply Antara Dutta October 5, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you so much for your video.. Really help me a lot…

  • Reply //.:basxlia:.\ October 5, 2019 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you! I'm not a beginner, but these types of video are always nice so i can see more affordable paints.

  • Reply Francesco Paolo Ardizzone October 5, 2019 at 3:41 pm

    Thank you for the interesting video!

  • Reply sketchy eunice October 5, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Hi Mako! Glad that u finally tested camel artist grade watercolors. They do have a strong smell. U can find more information about their transparency and lightfastness in their color chart which u can find on Pinterest.

  • Reply cherCubed October 5, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    You should try the tropical prima marketing set! It’s much better for beginners since it’s more muted!

  • Reply Princess Sunshine October 5, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    My exams are coming still watching your video because it relaxes me.

  • Reply Lucifer Faust October 5, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    Hmm, I didn't care for the van Gogh sets. I don't like Daniel Smith either but I'm one of few who don't like them. I think prima has the best convenience colors. My favorites are arteza and sennelier. I like how arteza blends and the color choice and I like the transparency of sennelier.

  • Reply ali October 5, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Mako trying to pronounce Van Gogh:
    Vane goa?
    Van gihkhofudh?
    Van Gogh?

  • Reply Margot y Fiona October 5, 2019 at 4:13 pm

    Oh yes. I think that the paper is very important for painting with watercolor too.
    Thanks for your video

  • Reply Aritra Raha October 5, 2019 at 4:36 pm

    Happy Durga Puja mako!!!!!!!!
    Durga Puja is the biggest festival for Bengalis and I hope this week makes you the happiest one!

  • Reply Fatima Anees October 5, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    I have tubes of raler downey and they are my first "professional" type of watercolours so i was wondering if you could do a review on it? I want to know what a professional painter thinks of it❤️

  • Reply Gitali Baruah October 5, 2019 at 4:42 pm

    Makoccino thank you 😁 so much

  • Reply Jenn Hall October 5, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    I've been using the Kuratake Gansai Tambe watercolours, and they're awesome. They mix really well and are ultra bright. They're Japanese and not really all that expensive. Here in Canada, for 36 colours, they were $40, which for Canada, is mega cheap! I adore them very much!

  • Reply GalaxyLife # October 5, 2019 at 4:49 pm

    I would recommend White Nights watercolors, are artist quality and cheap.

  • Reply alena kalchanka October 5, 2019 at 4:54 pm

    Кто может перевести какой самый лучший , пожалуйста! Спасибо за видео

  • Reply soshiprint October 5, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    I'm so excited to try painting.

  • Reply Aman Joshi October 5, 2019 at 5:06 pm

    Thank you so much Di 😊😊

  • Reply Wendy Ackerman October 5, 2019 at 5:07 pm

    I have the van goh watercolors

  • Reply Swathii Selvakumar October 5, 2019 at 5:23 pm

    2:47 About the smell… you might have gotten an old or defect product because i almost primarily use it for watercolours and i have zero issues. A pan version is also available if you don't like tubes.

  • Reply Mohd Ali Princess t a proms October 5, 2019 at 5:39 pm

    Thnks for the video I am searching for this kind of video and you were looking very beautiful today ☺️

  • Reply Sohini Dutta October 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Camel does have a strong smell. They were my first artist quality paints and i found that weird.
    Also, they come in pans too. I have the 18 colour set . It’s really really good.

  • Reply Zahra Seraj October 5, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    This was so helpful! Thank you! You should give the Paul Rubens watercolours a try, I've been using them for my inktober videos on my channel and they're stunning! Especially the metallic set!

  • Reply bluerin2020 October 5, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Hi Mako, I always love watching your videos because I learn so much from them =D . Right now I am using the winsor and newton cotman watercolor set and I am pretty satisfied with them . However, this video helped me consider other watercolor sets I might like too 🙂

  • Reply mitchelle moras October 5, 2019 at 7:07 pm

    No Sakura koi ?

  • Reply Missy Jabby October 5, 2019 at 7:30 pm

    Gosh, you just convinced me to get more different type of papers cuz I just want to, so I can experiment it with many watercolors!! gaaah. You're kind of killing me with excitement and budget too. Oh!! Would you will ever review on CultureHustle Stuart Semple's Palette?? Since it stated it's the world's colorist watercolor set and want to see your opinion to see if it fits your expectation on most colorful for water color or not really? Especially, it's professional quality, not for a student grade set. Even, they set amazing low or reasonable price for professional quality on watercolor.

  • Reply Random Name October 5, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    I stan Artist's Loft idk what about them it is but i loft them heheh

  • Reply Made by Dawn October 5, 2019 at 8:00 pm

    Hey Mako, nice seeing you again. Will you be doing inktober this year?

  • Reply Yuè Lan October 5, 2019 at 8:02 pm

    Hey Mako, thanks for the cool video!
    One thing though: some of your captions in English do not match up to what you're saying (for example, according to the subtitles, the Cotman costs $30, not $13).

  • Reply AskiaLuna October 5, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    I like to try colors and triads. I mostly use my sketchbook for that.
    I usually have paper with 130g / m2 from the 1 € shop in it and I use it also for my artist watercolor paints. I have student and artist watercolor paper in my paper box one travel as well. I bought the artist paper cheaper on Amazon for the same price like the price for a student quality paper.
    It is important that the test paper is white, or has the same color as the paper for the pictures.
    So that the colors look comparable.
    Good paper is much more expensive than good paint.
    Good Paint last longer than cheaper paint.
    On good paper I can't make more pictures on it than cheaper paper, it doesn't last longer.

  • Reply Kim Daniel October 5, 2019 at 8:54 pm

    Great video! And I can attest to how helpful Skillshare is esp for beginner/intermediate. However, the frustrating part is that their mobile site and app don’t offer class downloads or resources. You have to go online to the full website on a computer in order to get access to so much from the classes which makes no sense and hinders the learning IMO. Class resources like downloads are a very important aspect to whether someone chooses to continue a Skillshare membership. But no one ever mentions this aspect so I wonder if youtube creators even realize this.

  • Reply Mux October 5, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    Just the video I needed to see

    Ty mako , I'll use this for inktober
    (っ.❛ ᴗ ❛.)っ

  • Reply Amelia Grein October 5, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Windsor and Newton was a bust for me but the Schminke academy is just a step below the real Hordam (schminke). It’s a good set. Are the essentials from Daniel Smith the artist grade paints or student?

  • Reply Sunday Volpe October 5, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    Thank you! Great video!

  • Reply Majestic Ninja October 5, 2019 at 9:32 pm

    2:05 Camel artists watercolor
    3:35 Winsor & newton Cotman Pocket Set
    4:34 Van Gogh half pan set
    5:18 Arteza
    6:31 Sennelier la petite Aquarelle
    7:19 Prima Marketing Classics
    8:50 Winsor & newton Blue Box
    9:25 Daniel Smith Essentials
    10:53 Another Van Gogh Set
    11:33 Schmincke Akademie

  • Reply 찌아오디앤 October 5, 2019 at 10:38 pm


  • Reply EKoolkat12 October 5, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    No White Nights watercolours? 😢 I think they're fantastic quality, large amounts, and a great price for what you get. And you can buy individual pans and tubes when you run out!

  • Reply Rachel Sarah Drabble October 5, 2019 at 11:24 pm

    Thankyou for answering my question I’ve also been wondering about metallics I’ve seen a Paul Rueben metallic/ glittery set and it’s £60 for the one with more colours have you had any experience with these paints? Also i would like to know how to use the Schmincke Aqua Bronz Pigment Powder – Rich Pale Gold – 20ml you did a demo but added too much water so I really didn’t get to see it used properly. I’m planning a London Bridge night scene using the fireworks technique you showed and in my reference pic the bridge glows gold so I’m wanting to paint it in all the Schmincke Aqua Bronz Pigment Powder colours but I’ve only been able to buy one so far as I am bedbound I had surgery yesterday but my allowance doesn’t spread very far as I make mom keep most of the money as she’s given up everything for me. Also I wanted to ask about watercolour canvases as I’m going to do my mom a picture to hand in her bedroom are they any different to paint with? Thankyou for everything you do you brighten my day so much and you’ve brought out a passion for watercolours in me when I was practically dead inside. Your amazing thanks so much. Rachel x

  • Reply Kristina E October 5, 2019 at 11:36 pm

    I appreciate you giving us an area where we can economize. Many artists explain why quality paints, brushes and paper are important not but it is difficult to be able to afford all of these. Suggesting prioritizing paper and saving a bit on paint is very much appreciated!!

  • Reply CDO 499 October 6, 2019 at 12:39 am

    my van gogh set only has 12 half-pans 🙁

  • Reply Terry Lanwermeyer October 6, 2019 at 2:15 am

    The first set I bought was the Van Gogh pocket set and they are nice, but I wanted to go to an artist grade and went to Mijello Mission Gold. These are very pigmented and vibrant.

  • Reply Some ThingIDK October 6, 2019 at 2:58 am

    Been waiting! ❤️❤️

    (No Kuretake?) 😭😭

  • Reply Shrezeel 56 October 6, 2019 at 3:11 am


  • Reply Suma MB October 6, 2019 at 3:24 am

    Thank you so much!
    You r so helpful 🤗🤗 and i just want you to make more and more videos and t y (again🤓ty)

  • Reply Elaine Naduma Palarca October 6, 2019 at 3:26 am

    I dont have the money to buy those :'( i only have Sakura Koi. But it does the job, i will buy those somedayy..

  • Reply Sandeep Gupta October 6, 2019 at 4:47 am

    The camlin paints are like that . It’s not just you they do have that smell

  • Reply Ralph arvin Virola October 6, 2019 at 5:12 am

    #makoficationsquad 💕✨

  • Reply NiElmo October 6, 2019 at 5:23 am

    I have the 24 la petite aquarelle from sennelier. I have since upgraded to L'Aquarelle I was able to get the whole colour range which is way to many colours but it was the best deal so i couldn't pass it up. I think the binder in sennelier is gum arabic and honey is added to keep the paints moist so they rewet easier, similar to how you can add glycerine.

  • Reply Anagha Sharma October 6, 2019 at 5:27 am

    Oh this videos is amazing!! What I would really love is you swatching all the different sets of Prima watercolours. They do have a lot of sets.

  • Reply line looll October 6, 2019 at 6:32 am

    But did you try layering with the camlin ones? They tend to lift off with water easily 🙁

  • Reply Visual Mind October 6, 2019 at 7:16 am

    I'd personally get the Daniel Smith Set and put the colors in an empty palette! 🙂 You'll have professional paints that are light fast, transparent and also easy to mix. And the red and blue colors create a beautiful granulation if you want to paint some cool galaxies 😁

  • Reply hein htet October 6, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Thanks for your new video. 😍😍😍

  • Reply Babooshka Verma October 6, 2019 at 8:56 am

    It's just your batch. I have the same and they are pretty good

  • Reply Zainab Qureshi October 6, 2019 at 9:58 am

    Happy to see camel! 🙈 and my paints don't smell 🤷🏽‍♀ so maybe it was just your batch 😕

  • Reply creative kashu October 6, 2019 at 10:18 am

    Do you know: Camel (brand) is from my country, INDIA

  • Reply Megha Srivastava October 6, 2019 at 10:25 am

    i bought your watercolour guide and it helped me a lot buying my watercolour supplies i am so helpful to u mako

  • Reply Anju runthala October 6, 2019 at 10:27 am

    It's my birthday .Pls.wish me Makko😍

  • Reply Honor Phone October 6, 2019 at 10:32 am

    I have the van gogh pocket set and i painted so much with them that I now need to,replace the pans but I don't know if i should buy new pans or buy tubes in the colors i need.

  • Reply Elizabeth Naisbitt October 6, 2019 at 10:54 am

    I've dabbled in watercolour for a few years and I've found this video very beneficial. I usually stick to the W & N as I can get them locally along with replacement colours. I've also found to my cost that the paper makes a huge difference, took me a long while to find this out. Tfs xo

  • Reply Monica Nirbito October 6, 2019 at 11:20 am

    Thanks for answering my struggles
    I always try watercolor techniq with postercolor, so the color always get muddy. Also, I kinda…. used with low quality paper

    Now I wanna try to boost up my skill with better supplies
    And I need to save more money for them

    Danke ^^

  • Reply Vanessa Guerrero October 6, 2019 at 12:22 pm

    after painting with student watercolors from pelikan….I tried watercolors on the tube but also cheap… but it was for me not so easy… at the end I bought the windsor&newton pocket box and I was sooo happy. Only then I realised how diferent ist to use good and not
    so good watercolor and paper. Now my friends bought me a pocket box of schmincke and I am really happy!

  • Reply The Cloeliae October 6, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    I just bought the W&N set. I had it for 15€ and I think it was a good bargain since I'm a complete beginner. I didn't really want to start with something too overwhelming regarding the color selection or the price but looks like it's not such a bad choice? I tried to buy some nice paper though, we'll see how it goes!

  • Reply tealorangetea October 6, 2019 at 1:00 pm

    I've been using Van Gogh for a long time. The only thing is you have to add a lot of water to tone down the colors. They still are not as transparent as Winsor and Newton but they don't have a chalky feel to them.

  • Reply Anuradha Satheesh October 6, 2019 at 2:42 pm

    Hi Mako! Can you test out the Reeves watercolour set and tell me your opinions on it. Personally, I like this set and I'm using it for my GCSEs as well. My school has provided this set along with all the other art supplies in our art pack

  • Reply Aathmika October 6, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    I use windsor, whitenights and camel. I havent noticed the smell in camel but might also be probably becoz i take a lil and transfer it to my palette?! Anyways! This review is so very informative! 🙂 Also I use the Gansai tambi watercolours! 🙂

  • Reply Laura Gerhards October 6, 2019 at 5:56 pm

    Hey Makoccino i love your Videos! I have a question, i just started painting with watercolours and the importance of the paper was new to me. 🙂 I bought some watercolour paper but there is no information if its cotton or cellulose. How can i find out which paper is 100% cotton?

  • Reply Monelle Lyman October 6, 2019 at 6:02 pm

    Thank you, this was very helpful!

  • Reply Anchal Dalal October 7, 2019 at 3:05 am

    I used camel watercolors as a beginner as they are easily available here.They smell in starting but it goes after some thing about them is they can be poured in pans and used like artist watercolors and don't crack and can be easily reactivate d.But only downside is they are not transparent and mixtures are not at all vibrant but I learnt a lot from them and gained confidence in watercolors.They are overall good for a beginner.😊

  • Reply Dylan Fraser October 7, 2019 at 3:27 am

    I have used the Sennelier la Petite Aquarelle. I picked it because I was unhappy with Koi, and its French. I enjoy it I have no plans on buying another set as these work for me.

  • Reply artcoffe. mug October 7, 2019 at 6:19 am

    I usually use giorgione and buncho watercolor

  • Reply Aditya Joshi October 7, 2019 at 7:47 am

    I have the camlin water colors but there is no strong smell

  • Reply Aarushi Kishore October 7, 2019 at 8:05 am

    2:42 I hv the exact brand and box and I like its smell 😂😂

  • Reply WaiThetOo Mon October 7, 2019 at 8:39 am

    I have never used any of these sets except the Windsor and Newton blue box set and I also noticed that the Prussian blue was hard to paint with tho but I thought the senelier was cute : ) coz it’s a small travel set and the name le petite suits it coz le petite means small in French
    P.S I’m a beginner and ur vids help me out thanks for everything!!!: )

  • Reply Sudipta Pal October 7, 2019 at 9:52 am

    I am from India I love you so much
    Can you help me
    Paint with poster colour .
    My name is soumodipta

  • Reply Rei Kudukar October 7, 2019 at 12:01 pm

    Camel artists watercolor are the best

  • Reply Cursestein October 7, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Top 10 watercolor sets for beginners? Yes!
    //looks at wallet
    …looks like I'm too poor for all these sets. Time to stick to my Prang set ;7;

  • Reply TanBelia art October 7, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    like this colors

  • Reply Dilasha Shrestha October 7, 2019 at 4:10 pm

    Thank u so much for reviewing camel watercolor because in my country other watercolors are way too expensive.

  • Reply Oakley W. Stocks October 7, 2019 at 4:57 pm

    You should do a review on shimmer water colors! That would be so fun to watch and see you work with!

  • Reply shrl md October 8, 2019 at 8:56 am

    Can i know what is your brush brand? Or can you give me recommendation?..
    I want to buy a brush, but i don't know the good one.. Please let me know..

  • Reply Anna October 8, 2019 at 9:28 am

    100% cotton paper is made out of cellulose. It has more cellulose than wood pulp paper.

  • Reply Bruce Kilgour October 8, 2019 at 11:57 am

    Your prices need adjustment! (x10)

  • Reply Butter uwu October 8, 2019 at 8:04 pm

    Idk anout this, but i as not as an experienced artist I use artist loft, where i buy it it costs about $6.00

  • Reply Gray Bryan October 8, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    I think the Winsor and Newton Cotman Sketcher palate is fine for starting out. White Nights is a very good value for more professional paints and M. Graham is actually a pretty good value as well once you know what you want. They just don't sell smaller sets or pans.

    For trying out a lot of colors and for getting a good metal palate, I'd suggest Arteza 36 half pan set. It's a bit opaque and there is no info on the individual paints but you get get the whole thing for about $30. The metal palate would sell for about $20 on ebay so you can't really lose.

    If you want to start out by learning to mix colors you can just buy a metal palate and empty half pans on ebay and then buy the basic 5 paint (tube) set from M. Graham for about $30.

  • Reply Nailah Irwandi October 9, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Can you please test out the meeden water colour set from amazon

  • Reply Dr.vijay kumar Avarekadu October 9, 2019 at 7:59 am

    The issue with the Camlin Artist Watercolors is probably only with you, as I have been using these paints since a long time and I've not experienced anything of this sort.

  • Reply Eunice Rodrigues October 9, 2019 at 12:43 pm

    10:46 oof!! That seriously is such a struggle to get the same shade every time 😭😭

  • Reply Ayekajchan October 10, 2019 at 8:19 am

    One doubt that I have it's the difference between colored pencils and watercolor pencils. I know the main difference (watercolor capability), but how can I use each of them in general, its characteristics and if both can be used with painting. If possible to explain it, it would be great!

  • Reply c o e e n e October 10, 2019 at 9:30 am

    paper edition pleaaasse

  • Reply JW's Coins and Hobbies October 11, 2019 at 5:15 am

    I always messed up watercolors. I bought some expensive ones and didn't want to ruin them so I started watching your videos! #makoficationsquad

  • Reply Regina Rooks October 11, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    Qor by Golden is a beautiful brand of paint with vibrant & transparent pigments. Very nice video. Thanks.

  • Reply mjpete27 October 11, 2019 at 11:30 pm

    I was really hoping you would have included some DaVinci paints. They have several ready made sets and an Earth Friendly set curated by Denise Soden(In Liquid Color). I think the Dan Smith paints are over rated and over priced as well for so little paint. Thank you for working so hard on a difficult video subject.

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