I have an unhealthy obsession with watercolor sets and watercolor pencils despite the fact that I have had absolutely no training in the proper technique of watercolor painting. Mostly, I just like to dip my brush into the colors and pool it onto the paper in little squares of translucent sunshiny puddles. I keep buying sets thinking that somehow, the next set with imbue me with the knowledge and inspiration to make beautiful little paintings.
So, my most recent purchase is not surprisingly another set of watercolor pencils. This set is from Uni-Ball and is listed as set #2 with 12 golf-pencil-sized pencils, a sharpener, a miniature water brush, a sharpener and a clear cap which I suspect is to be used as an extender when the pencils get too short. The set comes in a lovely clear plastic case which snaps shut. The box measure 4.5″ tall x5.25″ wide x5/8″ deep and would easily fit into a travel kit.
[Colors are from left to right: Pompeiian Red, Burnt Ochre, Gold Ochre, Dark Sepia, Moss Green, Night Green, Light Cobalt Blue, Dark Phthaloblue, Rose Carmine, Dark Orange, Canary Yellow and Light Lemon]
I am no expert but I’ve played around with lots of different sets of watercolors from Windsor & Newton and Van Gogh to Reeves and Crayola. This set certainly had more complex colors that a lot of the cheaper sets I’ve purchased. Some of the colors did pool in a salty/grainy sort-of way when an excessive amount of water is added but when used with a damp brush the colors were fairly smooth in color. As pencils, the lead is soft and easy to apply to paper. I absolutely love the moss green, night green, Pompeiian red and rose carmine colors. The dark sepia is a fairly good substitute for a hard black color and would probably make a good color for mixing. At $15 for a 12-color set with brush, its a pretty good deal and worth the investment.
[This test was conducted on a simple 3×5 card.]