Winsor & Newton Artist’s Watercolors have been around since 1832 and since that time they have been producing some of the finest watercolor paint known to man. Winsor & Newton currently offers 96 beautiful colors in their line and a lot of these are single pigment colors, and with single pigment colors, you get brighter and cleaner mixes. Winsor & Newton Artists’ Watercolors are also slightly resistant to re-wetting. This makes it easier to lay washes and glazes on top of one another without your colors getting muddied.
In this video, the folks over at Dick Blick Art Materials discuss the differences between the Winsor & Newton Artist’s Watercolor that is available in both tubes and pans. There is most certainly a difference and this video will help you decide which kind of watercolor paint is best suited for your particular watercolor painting needs.
Both the pans and tubes are professional grade paints. Both have both pigment and the gum arabic binder but there are some differences.
With tube paints you can pick up a lot of color so they are great if you are laying out large areas of color, but you will run into an issue if you leave your colors out for too long, because they can dry up on you. Once the tube paints dry, it can be a bit difficult to get them back to their original state. Another problem is when you reintroduce water into the tube paints, there isn’t the same amount of preservatives the you will find in the pan colors, so you run the risk of mold forming. Also, when you try to re-wet tube colors, they can get duller over time. Tube colors are great for plein air painting however. With plein air painting, you have to paint rather quickly in order to capture the scene, so they are a perfect paint for this.
Winsor & Newton Artists’ Watercolor