Prima Marketing 584276 Watercolor Confections: Decadent Pies
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- Great for mixed media
- Professional grade
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Description for Prima Marketing 584276 Watercolor Confections: Decadent Pies
Watercolor confections are artist-grade, high quality, and highly pigmented watercolor pans. Watercolor confections are sized perfectly for artists on the go. These professional-grade paints provide bright, intense, smooth and long-lasting colors that will work beautifully for any art or mixed-media project.
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The pans are on a removable tray, and you can squeeze in 7 pans per row. However, if you do it would be very difficult to remove the tray, because of the rolled edge on the box. There is a ring on the bottom, on an inset surface, so you can set the box flat on a table.
I bought the Decadent Pie set, because I couldn't tell what colors were in any of the sets, and I thought metallics would be nice. The colors are not named, just numbered from #25 - #36. No pigment information is included. I assume that they won't be light fast. There are 4 metallic colors, (pearl, silver, gold, copper) and the rest are non-metallic. They rewet very nicely, and do have plenty of color in them, so I'm happy with them, too.
In addition to the 4 metallic colors, this set comes with several shades that will allow you to easily create almost any human flesh tone, from very pale, to very dark, plus a couple of blues, a green, and a yellow. It's an interesting palette, and I'm having fun playing with it.
Now to the paints. Most are muddy, and I think it is a muddy that comes from cheap paints. What really annoys me though, and why I can’t recommend the PAINTS (but buy it for the dang case!!!!):
1) They are numbered, not named, so no clue to what is in them
2) They don’t TELL you pigment content
3) They don’t tell you if they are fugitive (assume they are)
4) They called mine “Decadent Pies”and many are iridescent!
(They should at least tell you that… What about pie is shiny and metallic?)
Tip: If you decide to use them up, put them in another order. Prima knows nothing about painting, and put the dark colors right up next to the pale colors, which means they will end up mixing and ruining the pale paints. If you want to hear more comments:
The case---so. I took out the metal grate, because it wouldn't fit all my Grumbacher pans, I was able to fit 19 pans, in varieties of half pans, mid pans and a full pan. I had to sacrifice eight colours out of my original setup, which was in an altoids tin, since they wouldn't fit in this tin--but that was fine, as I was able to make two different palettes with the new Prima paints and the Grumbachers. (19 pans is also quite a bit.)
The tin itself is very similar to the metal enamel tins, but it feels much lighter. Like, from a first glance you can't tell it's cheaper--but once it's in your hands, it definitely feels lighter. It's perfect for those who don't like added weight when they travel, but I was a bit disappointed the more I used the set. The metal lid and palettes warp and bend a lot easier than say, a shmincke or sennelier tin would, and I often find myself re-bending it back into shape. When I wipe off colours from the palettes, I have to be super careful not too press too hard, otherwise it'll bend under the pressure, which is something the more expensive tins don't do. Also, the bottom flap tends to get caught underneath the rolled edges of the palette, especially when bent. It's rather inconvenient at times. For the price though, I can't complain. Just don't expect a professional quality tin for $20. Think of this as the "student" grade version of the tin, whereas the more expensive ones are the "artist" grade.
I have used the prima colors already several times for less vibrant, more autumny pieces, and it works beautifully. I especially love the skin tones--I don't have to mix my own anymore, haha.
Okay, finally the metallics. While I was impressed with the colours, I was kinda unimpressed by the metallics. It's just a personal preference. What I've noticed; is they're not as shimmery next to my homemade metallics. It seems like it's glitter mixed with pigment in a 50/50 ratio. Whereas mine are mostly straight up glitter with very little pigment. As a result, say, if I want to do an overlay over black, I'll get the yellow pigment underneath, and then the subtle gold shimmer, as opposed to getting a black base with just gold glitter on top. Again, it's just my preference, as I would like to overlay my metallics without changing the base colour. You can also tell that mine tends to clump together in terms of the glitter, whereas the Primas are more evenly distributed. I like this kind of property in my paints, so naturally the Primas seem a lot less controllable to me. But that's just me--maybe this is something you are looking for specifically.
So all in all, for a hobby watercolourist or someone who does crafts---it's a perfect set. The metallics aren't bad, and the paints don't need much to pick up. For the professional artist, this might not be as perfect. The colours in my opinion are harder to manipulate for layering, but I do absolutely love the harmony in this palette. It's a nice refreshing palette to use considering most artist grade palettes come with brighter vibrant colours.
Edit: amazon deleted my photos for some reason so I'm editing my review to omit that.