More Markers? Arteza Everblend Marker Review

Hi friends! Arteza sent me these markers to review about 2 months ago and I have finally used them enough to do a proper review.  As always my reviews are not sponsored but they did send me this product for free.  Arteza has been making quite a splash on the art supply scene over the past 3 years because they have been pumping out the products and their prices are excellent. Usually, the quality is really good for the price and even the supplies I am not 100% thrilled with (watercolors) are well worth what they are priced at.

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The markers come in 60 colors in an attractive and sturdy carrying case. I did confirm that they are going to be offering refill inks and replacement nibs soon and that they will be out with a brush tip alcohol marker in a few months (good to know if you want to wait a bit.) I also heard, but have not got confirmation, that they will be coming out with a grey scale and neutral set soon which would be nice because as you can see from my swatch below that the set is lacking in those areas. *Note, I took a photo of my swatch outside in the shade and tried to correct it in my computer but my purples, blues, and greys look too blue and samey where they are more distinct in real life. Refer to the swatch under this one for more accurate results or refer to my swatch in the video.

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I omitted the letter A from each number due to space. Below are the swatched from the Arteza website, I think their scan is better than my photo and you can clearly see the color numbers. I think the top swatch is one layer and the bottom is 2 layers.

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Here are some coupon codes you can try on these products: MOTHER20 (20% off mothers day promotion, it might only work on bundles, I’m not sure, I just found it in my email but it is worth a try!) OR FRUGAL1 for 10% off if the other doesn’t work on the marker set. Those coupons are only good on the Arteza Website. Here is an affiliate link to the marker set with carrying case I am reviewing today, also there is a 144 empty marker case for these markers here.  The other empty marker cases they sell are for the skinny markers and regular pencils. You can also find this marker set on Amazon where right now there is a 20% off coupon available and the sets is a couple bucks cheaper!

Video Review:

Product details: 60 dual-tipped alcohol markers featuring a broad chisel tip and a bullet tip. The barrels are white glossy triangular plastic and they come in a high-quality carrying case that will hold 72 markers total (12 empty slots) Price typically ranges $63-$70 before coupons.

Pros:

  • Good selection of bright and pastel colors
  • Low Price (compared to brand name art markers, see bottom line)
  • Carrying case
  • Smooth ink
  • Replacement markers available (in a 4 pack on one color)
  • Replacement inks and nibs are coming soon!
  • Colors blend well
  • Color chips in end are pretty accurate but I recommend swatching

Cons:

  • Numbering system makes little sense
  • Poor selection of greys and neutrals

Bottom Line: This is a great set for travel because you have a nice variety of colors to get you by in a pinch and the case has room for other accessories you would want. I think you would want more neutrals (if you like to draw and color people or animals) and greys to round out the set eventually which rumor has it will be released shortly. I found these easy to hold, quiet to color with (non-squeaky) and they blend well. They cost more than other budget markers such as Ohuhu,  Biayno or Arrtx  that run about 50 cents a marker vs $1 per marker for Arteza for about the same quality but the Arteza carrying case is much nicer so I think that is what you are paying extra for. All in all I do recommend these markers, you just need to determine if the case is worth the extra. That said an empty 144 case can be purchased for $37 before coupons (see coupons above) As with any alcohol pens you can mix and match between brands to create the set that meets your needs. The other thing to consider is that Arteza says they are releasing brush alcohol markers soon so you might want to wait for those if you are interested. I don’t know what those will cost as brush tip markers are generally more expensive but it might be worth the wait. I hope the release a skin-tone brush tip pack because that would be a wonderful addition to this range. I hope this helps you make a good decision on whether or not these markers are for you and til next time happy crafting!

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More cheap paint? Should you care?

Hi friends! I am getting more and more requests to review inexpensive watercolors. It’s a tough job but someone’s gotta do it LOL! There seem to be companies popping up like dandelions with new sets to try. Usually, I politely decline offers from brands who want to send me a product because I find it all so overwhelming. I made an exception when Meeden contacted me because I have had several requests from viewers to review their half pan sets. Disclosure: Affiliate links are used in this post.

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I have also purchased products from Meeden on Amazon. I love their empty metal tins and half pans. They are good quality and inexpensive, just what I want to hold my hoard of watercolors! Last year I bought their watercolor fan palette (I paid $20 and it is $13 now!) and I am still using it. They contacted me because they just had seen the review I did on the fan palette and offered me some new watercolor sets to review.


About once a week I have a viewer ask me about these paints. Usually, it is the 48 half pan set for $30 on Amazon  *There is currently a $3 off coupon now if you want it for $27 But they also have a 24 tube watercolor set for $10

Review of MEEDEN 48 half pans (also available in 12 and 24 pan sets)

Pros:

  • Price: $30 for 48 half pans in a sturdy metal cobalt/navy blue tin
  • Colors rewet very easily
  • Rich vibrant colors
  • Very Transparent for a budget watercolor
  • *Good lightfast ratings according to paint wrappers (however the pinks and browns are rated equally so I doubt they are truly accurate, take them with a grain of salt *=poor and ****=excellent rating scale)
  • The paint is extruded and very concentrated. If you find you don’t like the paint you can easily remove the bricks of paint and use the tin and half pans which would cost $20 anyway.
  • Colors glaze better than most student paints.
  • These paints lift well with a medium stiff brush, water, and paper towel blotting
  • The color selection is nice with a couple samey blues and pinks.

Cons:

  • This set lacks a good Ultramarine blue which I think is essential to any painting palette. I’d also like a warm red that is not as orange as their Scarlet.
  • There is no room in the box to add extra pans
  • No pigment info

Bottom Line: I was surprised at how good these paints were. I think they are as good if not better than the Mungyo 48 half pan set that sells for $50. You can glaze without lifting but you can lift colors if you want. The paint is vibrant and transparent. It’s everything you want in a budget watercolor. At $30 you can’t beat it. Just plan on adding an ultramarine blue for a full range. Learn more here.

Meeden 24 watercolor Tubes Review

Pros:

  • Price $10
  • Great selection of vibrant colors, all of the basic colors you need to get started are here.
  • Non-toxic- good for younger artists
  • No smell (often cheap tube watercolors have a weird odor)
  • Dry down well in a palette (most budget paints crack and fall out of palettes if dry)
  • Colors mix well (however sediment from added fillers are apparent in mixes)

Cons:

  • Colors are streaky when used straight from the tube due to fillers and extenders.
  • They work much better if you let them dry in a palette before using.
  • You can see grainy sediment in some paints when you mix them.
  • No pigment info

Bottom Line:
Get these for your kids. The colors are bright and they can learn the basics of painting, brush control and mixing with no downsides. They are non-toxic and do not smell. They will use up this set before they would notice any of the limitations I mentioned. They are great paints for the price but I’d recommend upgrading colors as they are used up so you only end up buying colors you will actually use. I’d teach with these paints.

I also shared the Meeden Deluxe tin. I found out that I had the rails in upside down. It is heavy duty and a bit pricey but I’ll use it a bit and see what I think before I give an opinion. It’s fancy.

I have been getting people asking me if they should buy the Meeden 48 set if they have the Masters Touch, Arteza, Mungyo, etc sets and it’s a hard call to make.  I enjoy trying and collecting paint tins, it’s a sickness, I just like them. But my honest advice would be to get used to the set you have and then consider replacing a color as you use it up with a better student tube or artist tube of paint if you can afford it. Your quality of supplies will improve as your skill improves. It’s easy to assume the grass is greener and want to see if you are missing out on a bargain. The thing is there are a lot of great budget paints out there now. But you can spend more trying out all the bargain brands than you would if you just upgraded each color to artist grade as you used the first bargain brand up. Hey, I’m no one to judge, I enjoy those pretty little tins or cheap and cheerful color but if it wasn’t for viewers requesting tutorials and brands providing some of these sets for free I wouldn’t be buying all of these. Part of my business online is reviewing products so you can decide to save or splurge and uncover frugal gems or warn you against bum products. It’s fun to try so many new supplies, it’s like being a kid on Christmas but before you get swept up in the next new thing ask if it is better or different than what you have already. The Meeden half pans are a great value…if you need them.

Have a great day and til next time happy crafting!

Review: Mungyo Gallery Handmade Soft Pastels

Hi friends! I recently purchased these pastels to see if they would be a good (cheaper) option for extra soft pastels for my students. I was looking for an inexpensive substitute for Schminke which are my favorite soft pastels but also quite expensive. I found this set of 30 assorted handmade pastels on Amazon (affiliate links used) for $43 and price checked the at Jerry’s Artarma where they had a sale price of $93 and a retail price of $189. Meanwhile, the Schminke set of 30 (which is my favorite) is $107 currently on Amazon and closer to $130 on art supply websites in USA. The deal was too good to pass up, but how do they rate?

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See for yourself in this video review!

Mungyo Gallery Handmade soft pastels set of 30
Pros:

  • Price (on Amazon) $43
  • Vivid opaque colors- great coverage
  • Blends well
  • Low dust
  • Works well on smooth and textured papers
  • Good lightfast rating and pigment info available: Color chart with pigment info and lightfastness
  • Handles wonderfully *Softness of these is softer than the typical round machine-made professional but slightly harder than Sennelier or Schminke
  • Open stock colors available (in boxes of 3 from Jerry’s Artarmam in USA)

Cons:

  • Harder to find than other brands, Jerry’s Artarama has them online and might have open stock sticks in stores. Amazon has the best price for sets but the best deal in the 30 stick set ($4.43 per stick)
  • Many colors are mixed pigments (see link to color chart above for info)

I am pleased with these and happy I bought them, They are the first handmade pastels I have used so I can’t compare them to Mount vision, Terry Ludwig or Unison but they work with my other pastels fine. *These are much softer and less dusty than the regular Mungyo gallery pastels. Make sure you get the handmade ones if you are looking for the ones I showed today. They are not as soft as my beloved Schminkes but will still lay down color on top of my typical medium hard soft pastels (Winsor & Newton) perfectly. At $43 for 30 sticks I’d recommend them in a heartbeat and if their larger sets were available at that per stick price I’d buy them too but if you are going to spend nearly $100 on a set I’d encourage you to go for the 30 set of Schminke.

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Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

What is the difference between grades of paint?

Hi friends!  Today I have a video about the differences between grades of artist paint. I will be referring to watercolor because subtle differences are more apparent in watercolor (and I am the most knowledgeable about that kind of paint) but it will apply to acrylic, oils and other paints/pencils/crayons/pastels too! Have a watch (or listen, you can totally let this play while you paint or cook dinner or whatever else you need to do:)


Below is an overview of what I discussed in the video along with some recommendations that would be easy to find. There are other wonderful paints out there and I have lots of watercolor reviews on my blog and YouTube channel if you need more information. Watercolor comes in several different grades. You will find pans, tubes and liquid watercolor in all of the grades of paint.

Children’s grade watercolor paint: These are non toxic watercolors that schoolchildren are given to use. The are what a lot of people think of when they hear “watercolor.” Everyone has used these in some point of their childhood. Quality varies greatly in children’s watercolor sets from $1 versions of weak chalky paint to $3-$5 for an 8 color set of Crayola, Rose Art or Prang. I prefer Prang watercolors as they are the most saturated and you can purchase refill pans of colors in strips or individually.

Budget grade watercolor: This segment of the market has grown immensely over the past few years with decent budget brands manufactured in China and Korea showing up all over Amazon for crazy low prices. I also consider craft watercolors like Prima, American Crafts/Jane Davenport and Amy Tangerine in this category. This category offers paints that are “cheap and cheerful” and encourage play and experimentation as they are not too expensive to worry about wasting. The downside is that usually the budget lines of watercolor do not offer lightfastness of pigment information and if they do it can be hard to trust the information from a new company. Also these pant usually can’t be purchased open stock (but the Prima and Jane Davenport paints have replacement pans.) These paints will have lots of fillers and extenders and cheap dye colorants (usually) to make the quantity of paint for the price. My favorite budget watercolor pan set is this one called “Pretty Excellent” ($17 for 36 pans)  Other good tube sets are JoiArt ($10 for 24 tubes) and Royal & Langnickle. Royal & Langnickle makes awesome brushes and this $24 set has a large assortment of paints and Aqualon brushes. A new to the scene company Arteza has watercolor tubes with lightfast info (but their pan sets do not.) I have been using them a lot lately because I feel I was a bit harsh in my review and I must admit I am enjoying them more!

Student Grade watercolors: These are the introductory paint from companies who also make professional/artist grade watercolors. These paint offer reliable pigment and light-fast information. To reduce the costs they may use alternatives to pricey pigments like cadmium and cobalt they have additional fillers and extenders to bulk them out. The benefit to student grade colors is that you can start with an assortment set and them replace the colors as you use them up with paints from that companies artist grade line so you only end up buying what you will actually use and saving money in the long run. You can also buy student grade colors individually so you can choose exactly the colors you want and not be stuck with ones you wont use. Most big box art and craft stores will have displays to buy them open stock and all big online art suppliers sell them for about $3 a tube. Usually in student grade paints all colors will cost the same. Buying is sets cost less per color so compare before buying. My picks from this category are:
Cotman by Windsor & Newton
La PetiteAquarelle by Sennelier
Grumbacher Academy
And Van Gogh by Royal Talens

Artist grade (aka Professional) watercolors *Note there are no laws to keep any company from calling their paint artist quality, in fact you see that a lot with the budget brands so do your research before buying. Artists watercolors contain high quality pigments and just enough binder, humectant (A moisturizer agent typically honey or glycerin) and extenders to optimize the pigment and make it optimal for painting. Paints are available in tubes or pans and you will find a greater variety of colors in a companies artist range. Prices vary between color depending on how expensive the pigments used are, earth tones tend to be cheaper and cobalt and cadmium are more expensive. Typically there will be 5 price levels or series of colors. Paints can also be purchased in sets with pan sets being the most popular and my preference because you get the paints and a palette that you can refill. Artist quality watercolors do cost more per tube BUT in all reality you are paying for the pigment and you get a lot more pigment in tubes of artist quality paint where as student paint is more dilute. If you like to glaze many layers artist quality paint is best because it is the most pigmented and transparent. I recommend the same companies I do for student grade as they are easy to obtain worldwide but there are other nice paints out here.
Windsor & Newton Professional
Sennelier
Rembrandt by Royal Talens
Grumbacher finest

***And my favorite watercolor M Graham but I hasten to mention it because they do not carry a student line and I do not know if you can get them outside of the USA. I also like DaVinci and Daniel Smith (but also have no student range and I am not sure if you can get DaVinci outside of the US)…really, there are so many excellent ones!

I also wanted to mention my favorite watercolor brushes, Creative Mark Mimik faux squirrel brushes, this set is a fabulous value and I am considering buying a second set so I can have one upstairs at my paint table and down in my studio  LOL!

I hope this post was helpful and til next time happy crafting!

How to create a rainbow blend with inexpensive markers (water based or alcohol!)

Hi friends! Today I have a video that is part review and part tutorial. I have a couple of sets of markers to review but I also wanted to make the video a useful tutorial on blending. Also I was curious about what kind or marker was quicker to color with. I also wanted to try to achieve the same look with different kids of markers to see how they did.  If you are ready for all of that high-speed marker action buckle up and let’s go!

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There is lots of info in this post, let’s start off with the video:

Supplies: (Affiliate links used. Products provided for review)

Review of the Arrtx Alcohol Markers

pros:

  • Price: 80 color for under $34
  • Color selection
  • Blends well
  • Dual tip (chisel & Bullet)
  • Beautiful & sturdy carring case
  • Colors are very juicy, no dry ones.
  • Easy to tell the chisel and bullet ends because they have square and round color chips respectively. Color chips are pretty accurate but I still recommend swatching.
  • Attractive matte white square barrel (non-roll)

Cons:

  • No brush tip
  • No colorless blender in set
  • caps may be difficult to remove if you have arthritis
  • Caps do not post (you can’t stick the cap on the end of the marker to hold it when coloring)
  • As with most low-priced markers there is no open stock option (although they use the same numbering system as Concept at Jerry’s Artarma so you could get a replacement color if you needed too, it would look different tho)
  • Non refillable
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Card made with the butterfly colored with the Arrtx Alcohol markers. Time spent colring the butterfly: 11 minutes, 30 seconds

These markers are beautiful to look at and color nicely. They remind me of the quality of Ohuhu and they even use the same color number system. Many of the lower priced markers available now are using the same numbering system, I reckon it is because all of the inks are being made in the same factory in China. I have not seen this marker barrel style anywhere before and honestly I really like have the two distinct ends because I can quickly uncap the nib I need whereas with Copics and other markers I often get the wrong end even with the gray band they have for identifying. This saves me time and I like that. Below you will find my color chart for the set of 80 Arrtx alcohol markers.

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Here are the colors I used (in order of appearance) to blend the alcohol marker butterfly: 13, 14, 16, 18, 22, 23, 33, 35, 37, 48, 49, 59, 58, 68, 67, 147, 76  *If you have other markers that use the same color number system great! Use what you have OR use the swatch chart to figure out what colors to use from your stash. If you want to order this set you can here.

Review of Arrtx Watercolor Real Brush Pens 48 color set

Pros:

  • Great color selection
  • Low price (even among other budget priced watercolor marker pens)
  • Caps post (you can stick the marker cap on the end while coloring so you don’t lose it)
  • All colors have a number on the end for identification
  • Includes a reusable plastic carring case

Cons:

  • Non refillable and no open stock options
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Card made with the butterfly colored with the Arrtx real brush pen water based markers. Time spent coloring the butterfly: 6 minutes, 50 seconds

These markers performed well as I would expect. I did have an issue with the plastic color coming off one of the pens but I was able to reassemble it and stick it back into place and I could feel some of the innards of the brush pens moving around so it doesn’t feel as good quality as the Zig Real Brush pens but they are less than half the price. The ink flowed smoothly, like other real brush pens I have used. These are on-par with the Arteza real brush pens but about $10 cheaper. If you already have those, or any other real brush pens, I don’t think these will be very different but if you are looking to try some they are a nice value. Below you will find my swatch of this set:

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These are the markers I used on the watercolor butterfly in order of appearance: 18, 5, 4, 3, 27, 226, 28, 25, 125, 36, 238, 7. Feel free to use the swatch as a reference for matching the colors to what you have or if you want to buy this set you can here.

Review of TouchNew Skintone marker set of 24

Pros:

  • Great selection of earth/skin/hair tones which are often lacking in marker sets.
  • Price (under $17 for 24 markers)
  • Dual tipped
  • Cloth carry bag included
  • Comes with a colorless blender

Cons:

  • No brush nib
  • Bullet tips were dry on a couple of my markers
  • Caps do not post
  • No open stock or refills (but you can order Concept markers from Jerry’s to replace a color)

These markers use the same numbering system as the Arrtx alcohol markers as well as other budget brands. The marker style is the same as the original Ohuhu markers who recently changed to an oval barrel that seems to keep the marker fresher as I had a few of the old style Ohuhu pens go dry prematurely.) I recommend storing them on their sides so the bullet tip doesn’t dry out and having denatured alcohol (or Copic blending solution) on hand in case you need to refresh them.  If you need a set of skintone markers to fill in your set these are a good value but I’d check the color numbers to make sure they are not all duplicates to what you have if you already own markers with the same numbering system. Also because one of the marker is a colorless blender you are really only getting 23 colors. I wish these had brush tips though it is so much easier to blend with a brush tip and you want to be able to get really smooth skin and tones. To be honest tho, if you already had a set of 80 or higher of the Arrtx or Ohuhu alcohol markers I think I would pass on these are there are duplicates and consider investing in a couple of Copic brush tip skin tone markers as you need them because in this instance I think it would be more enjoyable and cheaper long-term to get a refillable marker that performs better. If you have a smaller set of assorted markers this 24 set would go a long way to fill in gaps. It really boils down to what you already have for markers and how much you intend to use them.

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I hope you found this helpful and if you have markers I hope you try creating a rainbow blend. It is a great technique for learning to blend and it’s fun too! Or practice blending colors in general and write down your successful recipes so you can duplicate them later. The truth of truths with markers (especial alcohol markers) is that is takes practice and there is a learning curve to them so don’t jump from brand to brand thinking that one is going to make you a superstar. In fact it could harm your progress as you get used to one kind and then when you try another it’s like relearning because it is a bit juicier or the nib is harder or softer. You have to put in the time. Speaking of time wasn’t it interesting how much quicker the water based markers were to color with? I really wanted to do the comparison because I was curious but also to share that if you are not into spending lots of time coloring you might prefer a waterbased marker. Well, this post is long enough, have a great night and til next time happy crafting!

Comparison Between Pan Pastels, Jane Davenport Palette Pastels and Eye Shadow

Hi friends, Have you ever wondered how these similar supplies compare? Well so did I am today I put them to the test side by side and the results were pretty surprising!

Each media will present advantages and disadvantages depending on what your needs are and what you want to paint but coverage and application wise they all preformed about the same!

Let’s look at each product on its own

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Pan Pastels

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Pros:

  • Large pans of color
  • Brightest pure (saturated) colors available
  • Pigment numb
  • rs listed on pans
  • Lightfast
  • 94 colors available (including metallics and mediums) and each color can be purchased individually
  • You can mix colors on the sponge before bringing it to your paper

Cons:

  • Price: Each color costs $5-$7 each open stock, less per pans in sets
  • They take up a lot of space on your table

Jane Davenport Palette Pastels

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Pros:

  • Come in 18 color sets for $20 (often on sale and can be purchased with a coupon at Micheal’s)
  • The colors fall between the painting and tint sets of pan pastels and can be used with them to expand the range.
  • There are 4 sets available and they all lock together saving space on your work table.
  • Best for portrait work due to color assortment.

Cons:

  • No open stock option so if you use a color you need a new set to replace it.
  • Small pans could be used up quickly if you really like them.
  • Colors are not as saturated as pan pastels so getting deep darks may be difficult if only using these pastels. I think given the size of the palette and the color range these would be best as a final layer over another medium like acrylic, gouache or watercolor.
  • No lightfast or pigment info so I wouldn’t trust them for work to sell

Cheap Eyeshadow

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Pros:

  • Cheapest, I found a 120 color assortment of brights, pastels and neutrals for $12 on Amazon (the set I used was an ELF set for Target I paid $14 for years ago)
  • Coverage was similar to JD pastels and pan pastels so you can see if you like it before investing in the pricier options
  • Compact, takes up less space on your table

Cons:

  • Tiny pans that will use up quickly and no open stock option
  • No lightfast or pigment info so I wouldn’t trust them for work to sell

 

Bottom Line: My advice is to try out one of the cheaper options with the Pan Pastel applicators to see if you like them and then proceed with pan pastels if you find you need more media. The 20 color sets (or 80 color set if you can swing it ) is the lowest price per pan option if you find you like it. They are a wonderful mess free option to stick pastels.

I hope you found this useful and til next time happy crafting!

Metallic Watercolor Showdown! Comparing lots of brands!

Hi friends! After I posted a review of Paul Rubens metallic watercolor last week I got a lot of questions about how they compare to other brands I have used in the past. Rather than rely on my faulty memories or biases between brands I might have in my head I decided to swatch them all out and really see how they compare under the same conditions. The info is in this video

Since I felt the info in the video was a bit hard to digest I posted photos as well. Here are the sets in order of appearance with affiliate links used if I have them.

Paul Rubens Metallic set of 24 $50 These were my favorite for color selection, quality and packaging however they were one of the pricier brands and the small half pans can be hard to use a large brush with.

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Hobby Lobby / Prima $10-$24 per set of 12-24 colors. These paints combined quality and value. The large pans made it easy to work up a lot of paint and the colors with rich, creamy and opaque. Some of the colors looked similar on black but all-in-all a solid value!

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Twinkling H20s ($3-$4 each or $14-$30 a set of 6 depending on size of pot)  ***These prices vary widely as does availability of the product. You might need to scrounge around on etsy or ebay to find deals if it is something you are really interested in. I did not pay this much for the colors I have, I got them in sets on clearance years ago. They are a bit too rich for my blood now. These are best for white paper as they do contain vivid, bright transparent color but they have a harder time standing out on black. These are best when you want glitter and color on white paper.

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Ken Oliver liquid metallic inks in bottles $23 set of 6 or $4.50 each. These liquid metallic watercolors can be used fully concentrated and thinned down. since they are inky you can do some fun techniques that may be more difficult with a solid color, you can brayer to color on a paper and drag tools through it of press a stamp and twist to create cool shimmering patterns.

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Jack Richardson large pan watercolor $4 per pan These were OK, they are very similar to other colors in sets. This would be a good option if you only need one color for a large project so you don’t want to buy a set with colors you won’t use.

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Schminke Aqua Bronze: (these retail for around $20-$30 but amazon has them for $54 each! they are a bit hard to find unfortunately, I did find a great selection at Jackson Art in the UK for $9.23 each and they ship worldwide) I think this is an interesting product and probably the most reflective of all of the ones I reviewed today. I suspect this product is a lot cheaper in Europe where it is made. I like mixing this in wet washes in watercolor paintings when you want a strong shock of metallic color. This is best to mix up as needed and not dried in pans. It can look like gold leaf when applied in a smooth coat.

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Blick liquid watercolor $3.87 per color, 6 colors available Also available by Sargent Art on Amazon in a set. This is fun to mix with watercolor as paint or to make your own metallic shimmer sprays with.  A versatile product that is a good value!

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Komorebi (8 metallics in a set of 40 watercolors) $36 (was $24 but Amazon increased the price on this set) you can get just metallics in larger pans too. Consider the 40 color set with 8 metallics if you want a nice student quality paint with a nice variety of standard, neon and metallic shades. The regular colors are nice for the price and the metallics are great!

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***(best value) NIJI set of 16-21 colors $2.60- $3.90 a set. These offer a great variety and decent quality. They are very opaque on dark but they are not as reflective as the Paul Rubens set and you don’t get as much in a pan. Even though they are a bit chalky they still pack a punch and would be the perfect product for the occasional user.

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Prima Shimmering Lights $20. Personally I am disappointed in this set. I found the colors pretty chalky and they were ho-hum on black. The vintage palette may appeal to some users though and they would add a subtle shimmer when mixed with other paints.  I think there are many better options that are more versatile. Maybe they are right for you?

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Homemade metallics from LA color Eyeshadow (tutorial) These were fun and cheap to make and are pretty decent, plus if you have a dollar tree or family dollar around (or shimmer eyeshadow at home you don’t want) they are easy to obtain!

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Handmade watercolor from pigments from Xanadu Art Studio (tutorial). I think these were some of the most opaque and colorful metallic watercolors in the bunch (of course I might be biased since I made them LOL!) so if you are up for a project you might want to give it a try. They won’t be cheap to make tho as the pigments can be pricey!

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Turner tube metallic watercolors $6 for 15ml.  These were not my favorite but if you prefer a tube paint they might be right for you. They offer a subtle color and shine when added to watercolor paintings.

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Yarka full pan watercolors: $3.45 per pan. These paints are available in 6 shades of gold, silver and copper and are very opaque and glitzy on black. They will fit in a standard watercolor tin so you can mix them with the colors you have for more variety.

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Well, there you have it! There are other sets on the market and if you have one of them and are happy with it then use it. Otherwise I hope this comparison helps you find the paint that meets your needs for a price you are comfortable with. Thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!

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