|In this set, I'd be most interested in the Permanent Yellow as primary yellow and the Red Orange if you want a strong red-orange colour.|
|In this set, Lemon Yellow and Permanent Yellow Deep provide a good warm and cool yellow. Permanent Red Deep is a lovely rich crimson red and Permanent Magenta is the pigment used in most of the mixed purples.|
|Permanent Rose and Rose Madder (another rich crimson - deeper than Permanent Red Deep) are the most interesting here. the very bright colours containing BV10 don't scan properly - they are Opera Rose colours with very poor light-fast ratings.|
|Most interesting here is Scarlet Lake as a warm red and Indian Red.|
|Violet Lake is one of the only slightly granulating colours in the range. The rest of the purples and violets shown here are easily mixed from the palette colours.|
|I like Indanthrone Blue, but this version didn't paint out very nicely - perhaps it was just the small sample I was using. The Manganese Blue is a hue not a genuine pigment.|
|There isn't a genuine Cerulean PB35 or 36 in the range. There are two choices for Ultramarine.|
|While some are very pretty, all of these colours can be mixed from basic palette colours. The Chromium Oxide Green is a hue, not the genuine pigment.|
|Most interesting here is the Green Gold PY150 as another primary yellow option and Yellow Ochre No 2 which is a nicely version of this colour.|
|Red Brown PBr25 is used in a number of the Mission Gold mixes and is an interesting alternative to the more opaque Indian Red in the palette. Van Dyke Brown is a good rich chocolate brown.|
|Burnt Sienna is a real problem in this range - |
it is more like a Quinacridone Gold hue and not
useful to mix with ultramarine and other
blues to create interesting greys as one would normally do.
|These pastel tints are easy to mix if you choose to have a white watercolour in your palette|
|More pastel tints.|
|More pastel tints, and a choice of a more transparent or more opaque white.|
|Cobalt Green is another hue, not the real |
pigment not the real colour.
|Cobalt Turquoise is another hue, though|
one of the few granulating watercolours
in this range.
|These Pearl colours haven't scanned well,|
though there is only a slight sparkle to be seen in real life.
I enjoyed painting out these colours as they are very vibrant and 'well-behaved'. They disperse well in water and are easy to paint with, making them very consistent and predictable, as stated in the website. That will appeal to a lot of people. I admit it doesn't appeal to me - I enjoy playing with a whole range of characteristics in watercolour, but if colour alone is your goal, these are an excellent choice.
The pigments have been improved since the range was first introduced and are now more light-fast. I think they would suit those wishing to work with a full gamut palette, as the range of earth colours is limited.
If you wanted to create a basic set I would consider Green Gold PY150 or Lemon Yellow PY3 as your cool yellow, Permanent Yellow Deep as your warm and Yellow Ochre as your earth yellow.
For reds look at Scarlet Lake for warm and Permanent Rose for cool (or Permanent Magenta PR122 if you love that pigment) I'd add Rose Madder for a crimson as well.
For blues look at Cerulean Blue (hue) PB15:3 as a cool phthalo blue and Ultramarine Light PB29 as the warm.
For greens, only to be used for mixing, I'd suggest Viridian (hue) PG7, which is phthalo green BS and neutralises a crimson, and/or Bamboo Green PG36, which is Phthalo Green YS, and neutralises PR122 and PV19.
The earths are tricky, but I'd look at Yellow Ochre PY42 as mentioned, Red Brown PBr25 or Indian Red PR101 as an earth red. I'd probably add Van Dyke Brown as a deep brown and make my own custom version of a burnt sienna with the Yellow Ochre and Red Brown.
Happy painting and thank you to Winifred for the samples :-)
See also -
Blockx full range here
Daniel Smith new colours 2017 here
Daniel Smith full range here
MaimeriBlu full range here
Mijello Mission Gold full range here
Old Holland full range here
Schmincke new colours 2017 here
Schmincke full range here
Winsor & Newton full range here