The premium 140 + 40 assortment
- 139 brilliant, intense watercolours in half and full pans, 5 ml and 15 ml tubes + oxgall
- NEW: 40 supergranulating colours in half pans and 15 ml tubes
- 152 of the 179 colours with highest possible lightfastness (4 + 5 stars)
- Pans poured 4 times in liquid state for highest yield
- Same colour recipes for pans and tubes
- High control of paint flow - even on soft watercolour papers
- Fully reusable paint when dried on a palette
- Quality assortment "Made in Germany"
- Selected Gum arabic as binder and natural oxgall as traditional wetting agent
The standard assortment
The 139 HORADAM® AQUARELL colours combine an extremely extensive colour spectrum and meet the highest quality requirements for a premium watercolour. In addition to many well-tried and traditional colours, the range also contains many new colours using special pigments such as perylenes, quinacridones or transparent iron oxides. The large number of 92 single-pigment colours enables particularly brilliant mixing results and the 22 granulating colours provide special effects (marked with "G" in the colour chart).
Unique pigments for comprehensive colouristics
Many colours within the range are characterised by special pigments, such as perylenes or quinacridones, or provide a perfect complement to the wide assortment due to their transparent, particularly glazing or especially luminous character.
Some examples are:
Quinacridones: With these highly lightfast pigments, the Quinacridone range contains 9 colours, some are evident from the name, e.g. Quinacridone red light, and some are recognisable from the pigment (e.g. ruby red or madder brown).
Perylenes: This special series contains 4 colours formulated with new, highly lightfast perylene pigments (perylene maroon, perylene green, perylene dark red and perylene violet).
Transparent iron oxides: Here, the 3 transparent colours transparent ochre, transparent Sienna and transparent umber complement the opaque colour spectrum of the iron oxides. Due to the very hard nature of the transparent pigments, which are complex to process, these colours are very rare.
Liquid poured pans
With the time-consuming liquid pouring of HORADAM® AQUARELL into half and whole pans, Schmincke creates an unusual and unique quality aspect. The liquid watercolour is poured into the pans in 4 stages, each with a drying time of several weeks. The result is a highly concentrated, maximum-yield watercolour that is easy to pick up and paint with a damp brush.
Selected Gum arabic
A key ingredient in artists' watercolours is Kordofan Gum arabic from the arid zones south of the Sahara. Like most natural products, this classic watercolour binder is subject to annual fluctuations. That is why Schmincke tests all available charges every time buying Gum arabic and selects only the best charges of the respective vintage. This brings small but noticeable quality advantages. The special method of purifying the natural product is also important. The other recipe ingredients are also carefully selected accordingly and, of course, used individually in each recipe to achieve a harmonious quality assortment that is consistently easy to pick up with a brush.