Saturday, 30 December 2017

Wallace Seymour Artists Watercolours

It's my final post for 2017 as it is already 31st December in Australia. I have many ideas for future posts, including hopefully completing my project to post the full range of every professional watercolour available in the world! Maybe I'll achieve that one in 2018, and add all the swatches to my website. Here's a newish addition.

Wallace Seymour, formerly Pip Seymour but now renamed after his partner Rachel Wallace, are relatively new to the watercolour world, from the UK. For their Artists Watercolours range they focus on the very traditional pigments - they are largely cobalts, cadmiums, earth pigments and a couple of phthalos, rather than the newer quinacridones, pyrrols and perylenes. They are formulated with 'a special emulsion of honey and Kordofan Gum Arabic'. They are lovely to paint with - very beautiful with wonderful granulation.

They make a range of 20ml tubes colours called Vintage Watercolours which I will post about separately, but this is a completely different range of full pan colours called Artists Watercolours that I will look at here. Unlike many brands, the tube colours are far from being the same pigments, names or handling characteristics as the pan colours.

There is also a set of 4 called The Four Humours, which I will show as a separate post here, and some other Ancient Drawing Materials that I haven't tried. Wallace Seymour also make Oils and acrylics but I haven't tried them at all.

The full pan Artists Watercolours are available in Australia from Pigment Lab in Newtown. I haven't tried all of them yet, but will show some here and update over time. They granulate beautifully and rewet with ease.

The full range of 58 Artists Watercolours full pans can be seen here.

There are many beautiful cadmium colours in this range, which I appreciate, even though I don't tend to use them very often. They are excellent pigments with gorgeous granulation but can be too opaque for working with pen lines as I often do.
Wallace Seymour Extra Fine Watercolours - Permanent Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Red Light. Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Magenta.
The Ultramarine and cobalt colours are also gorgeous. I love the Cobalt Blue Middle (also known as Cerulean Chromium in Daniel Smith or Cobalt Ceruelean in Schmincke - a gorgeous colour) and Cobalt Turquoise.
Wallace Seymour Extra Fine Watercolours - Ultramarine Blue Deep, Cobalt Blue Middle, Phthalocyanine Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Green Deep.
Phthalo Green is always a useful mixing colour and this and the phthalo blue shown above are nice and strong. I like the single pigment earth colours best.
Wallace Seymour Extra Fine Watercolours - Viridian (Hue) Phthalo Green, Cobalt Green Light? (I tried this in the store and am not sure!), Verona Green Earth, Raw Sienna, Yellow Ochre Light.

I really like these earth colours too - lovely granulation.

Wallace Seymour Extra Fine Watercolours - Burnt Sienna, Indian Red, Pozzuolii Earth, Burnt Umber, Raw Umber.

Wallace Seymour Extra Fine Watercolours
- Payne's Grey. 

There are a lot more to try before I can show the full range, but the pigment information is not included on the website so I will add that here for all the colours. Payne's Grey Light wins the prize for the most pigments in any watercolour I have tried - 7!!

Body Colour - Solid White PW 6 PW 5 Series 1 

Permanent Yellow Light PY 3 Series 1 (shown above)

Cobalt Yellow (Aureolin) PY 40 Series 4 

Nickel Titanium Yellow PY 53 Series 2 

Cadmium Yellow Lemon PY 35 Series 3 

Cadmium Yellow Light PY 35 Series 3 (shown above)

Cadmium Yellow Middle PY 35 Series 3 

Cadmium Yellow Deep PO 20 Series 3 

Cadmium Orange Light PO 20 Series 3

Cadmium Orange Deep PO 20 Series 3 

Cadmium Red Light PO 20  Series 3 (shown above)

Cadmium Red Middle PR 108  Series 3 

Cadmium Red Deep PR 108 Series 3 

Cadmium Bordeaux PR 108 Series 3 

Alizarin Crimson PR 83 Series 2 (shown) 

Quinacridone Magenta PV 19  Series 2 (shown above)

Naples Yellow Light PW 4 PY 43 PY 35 Series 1 

Naples Yellow Deep PW 4 PY 43 PY 35 Series 1 

Cinabrese - flesh tint PW 4 PY 43 PR 83 Series 1 

Yellow Ochre Light PY 43 Series 1 (shown above)

Gold Ochre PY 43 Series 1

Brown Ochre PBr 7 Series 1 

Burnt Yellow Ochre PY 43 Series 2 

Raw Sienna PBr 7 Series 1 (shown above)

Burnt Sienna PBr 7 Series 1 (shown above)

Pozzuolii Earth PR 101 Series1 (shown above)

Indian Red PR 101 Series 1 (shown above)

Raw Umber PBr 7 Series 1 (shown above)

Burnt Umber PBr 7 Series 1 (shown above)

Van Dyke Brown PBr 7 PB 29 Series 1 

Sepia PBr 7 PBk 7 PBk 9  Series 1 

Verona Green Earth PBr 7 PG 7  Series 1 (shown above)

Bohemian Green Earth PG 23 Series 2

Permanent Green Very Light PY 3 PG 7 Series 2 

Permanent Green Middle PY3 PG 7 Series 2 

Emerald Green (hue) PY3 PG 7 PW 4 Series 2 

Viridian (hue) - Phthalo Green PG 7 Series 2 (shown above)

Chrome Oxide Green PG 17 Series 2 

Cobalt Green Light PG 50 PY 35 Series 3 (shown above?)

Cobalt green Deep PB 36 PG 50 Series 3 (shown above)

Cobalt Turquoise PB 36 series 3 (shown above)

Cerulean Blue PB 35 series 4

Seymour Blue PB 15 PW 4 Series 1 
Cobalt Blue Light PB 28 PB 36  Series 3

Happy painting and the very best wishes for 2018 :-)
Art Spectrum watercolours here
Blockx full range of Watercolours here
Daler Rowney Artists' Watercolours here
Daniel Smith new colours 2017 here
Daniel Smith full range here
Da Vinci range here
Dr PH Hydrus Watercolours here
Lukas watercolours here
M.Graham watercolours here
MaimeriBlu full range here
Mission Blue full range here
Old Holland full range here
QoR watercolours here
Rembrandt Watercolours here
Schmincke new colours 2017 here
Schmincke full range here
Sennelier watercolours here
St Petersburg Watercolours here
Wallace Seymour Artists Watercolours here
White Nights watercolours here
Winsor & Newton Full range here

Only Holbein to go...


  1. To be specific, they have 3 lines on sale and 1 discontinued. This review is the Artist’s Line of full pans. The Vintage Line is the tubes which are not in an identical base and have a different range of colours. The 18th Century line are rounds made to an 18th C recipe and using ancient pigments and both that and the Vintage line can be obtained from Turners in the UK. There used to be an Ancient Line that Cornellisen sold but it is now gone - it was half pans and same pigments as the 18th Century line. I have videos for all 4 lines on YouTube:

    The Artist’s line I really enjoy using - the basic primaries are very good but the earths are what I love the most - particularly the green earth single pigments, and the various PR102. They are economical (in the UK anyway!) and I found the quality to remind me a lot of Schmincke.

    The Vintage line of tubes I have had issues of quality with BUT they replaced them very quickly which was good. Some of the ground minerals ones they make themselves were quite gritty however - Oxford Bluestone and Thulite (they mis-spell it as Thiulite on the tube) are like sandpaper once dry.

    The Ancient rounds ARE excellent and unusual and since the little Four Humours life drawing set has an Earth Yellow (Ochre), Earth Red (Venetian) and an Earth Blue (Vine Black), you can get some interesting use out of it not just mixing flesh tones.

    They sell acrylics too but tbh I don’t get on with them very well - soft bodies, though they say “heavy body” in literature.

    1. Thanks so much. I went to their site and couldn’t find any available for me to purchase. I’m in the U.S. so would have to buy from the UK. I have an account with Jackson’s and have purchased from them before but couldn’t find any at all. Couldn’t at Cornellisen either. While the full pans are what I was interested in initially, now that I know about the 18th century rounds I’d like to take a look at them. I’ll have to check on Turner’s and see if it is feasible or economical to have them sent to the U.S.

    2. Thanks Rich. I have updated with post with more detailed information to make it clearer which lines I have tried. I've also added a post about the Four Humours.

  2. i bought my set of the 18th century rounds from the online store 'write here' in the UK. shipping was prompt and the set was well packed. i live in the U.S. and had a hard time finding someone who was willing to ship the set outside the UK. the paints are truly unique...

    1. I have just added a blog post about the Four Humours - so far I'd prefer to use my normal earth colours but I'd be delighted to hear how you use them :-)

    2. i bought the 18th century 'turner set' with 12 colors... i've used it for real and imagined landscapes. the colors are a lot harder to rewet than modern commercial watercolors, but i love their earthiness! there's something about them that i find very satisfying...

      really appreciate what you do, jane!

    3. I understand these also need to be wet with hot water before use. Would you like to send some photos of the set and the painted out colours?