I'm a very big fan of comprehensive and well organised catalogues of art materials. I like people who take the trouble to provide information about the paints and other colour media that artists use - including pigment numbers and lightfastness ratings.
I also know from talking about the art materials used for botanical art with very many botanical artists that there's a keen interest amongst very many artists about what's best, what's on offer and what's new.
"New", of course, is a relative term. If you've not previously been aware of a brand, colours, associated materials then it's "new to you".
Which is long way round of identifying that Jackson's Art have produced an extremely impressive 132 page guide in its Watercolour Catalogue 20/21. I've never ever seen one before that beats this one - and I've looked at lots over the years.
It's not available as a document. It's only available as a digital file. I don't blame them - it would cost a lot of money to produce as a print document and maintain the very necessary print quality on the colours and shades. Viewed on screen, what colours look is entirely down to how good your screen is and whether it is white balanced.
Being a digital file it makes it much easier to look at and compare brands in terms of colours and characteristics. You can just flip between pages and also zoom in and out!
However I'd suggest that since it's so detailed that you really want to view it on a desktop or larger tablet rather than smartphone
You can view the DIGITAL FILE
It is a definitive guide to the best watercolour paints, papers, brushes, mediums and sundries currently available.
I'm not suggesting you buy from Jackson's - although I've had good experience with them in the past. However if you want a comprehensive reference guide to materials for watercolour painting, then this is an excellent place to start!
So, should you find yourselves with a cash windfall this Christmas, you might want to drool over the options available for all watercolour painters.........
INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS: Note that Jacksons ships all over the world on a regular basis and have a very informative shipping and deliveries page
P.S. There's absolutely nothing in highlighting this for me - I'm just seriously impressed by this catalogue!
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