On the occasion of the 125 year anniversary of Horadam Watercolours, Schmincke are celebrating by expanding the range to 140 brilliant colours. They have created a more complete and balanced spectrum of colours.
Read our earlier post about the 125-year history of the Schmincke Horadam brand
In response to many customer requests and much market analysis, changes in the raw material market, as well as wanting to take advantage of modern pigments, Schmincke decided to enlarge and optimise the Horadam Watercolour range. After many years of research by the Schmincke lab, 35 new colours are being added to fill the harmonic colour spectrum of the Horadam range. The 35 new colours include 32 single-pigment colours and an increased use of highly lightfast pigments such as Quinacridone and Perylene. The ultramarine range has been enlarged with the long-awaited colour French Ultramarine, probably the most used colour by watercolour painters.
The 35 new Horadam Watercolours have now arrived at Jackson’s!
All colours in the full range of 140 colours are available in 5ml, 15ml, Half Pan & Full Pan sizes.
Here is a detailed colour chart of the new colours. Full information about each colour is included: lightfastness, opacity, staining and granulation.
The Optimised Horadam Watercolour Range
The 35 new Horadam Watercolours added to the range include 32 single-pigment colours, ten new red colours, three new single-pigment violet colours, four new black tones and eight new semi-transparent brown colours including Transparent Ochre and Transparent Umber. The ultramarine range has been enlarged with the famous colour French Ultramarine, a more violet, granulating version of their already popular Finest Ultramarine.
100 trusted and traditional colours as well as ox gall (the wetting agent) were perfect as they are, so that there was no need for a change. A few changes were made to optimise the range- four colours were improved using the newest and best raw materials and six colours are omitted because the raw materials aren’t available anymore.
New colours using unique pigments were added to complete the colour spectrum.
Quinacridones: These highly lightfast pigments are used to complete the quinacridone range, increased from six to nine tones, which all have ‘Quinacridone’ in their names.
Perylenes: Using completely new, highly lightfast perylene pigments this range has been expanded; three new colours (Perylene green, Perylene red deep, Perylene violet).
Ultramarine: To this group of colours has been added the often-requested French Ultramarine, a single-pigment colour, a reddish, intense and granulating blue, situated in the spectrum between the three already existing Ultramarines.
Transparent Iron Oxides: The three new transparent colours Transparent Ochre, Transparent Sienna and Transparent Umber have been added to compliment the range of opaque brown colours. These transparent colours are rare due to the very hard and difficult to process consistency of these pigments.
Brilliant tones: The existing brilliant colours have been optimised due to changing on the raw material market. The new pigments have nearly the same place in the spectrum, but a better quality. The new brilliant tone Brilliant Opera Rose, perfect for painting flowers, has been added. All brilliant colours now contain a mixture of fluorescent and highly lightfast pigments. Due to the influence of light on the fluorescent components of the colours, the brilliant tones do not have an evaluation of lightfastness.
Black/Grey: Three new colours – Graphite Grey, Hematite Black and Mars Black enlarge the spectrum.
Potters Pink: This worldwide well-known colour, containing the special pigment PR 233, has been added to the range, as well.
Changes: A few colours have had their names changed without changing the colour: ‘Perylene Maroon’ is the former ‘Deep Red’ and ‘Schmincke Violet’ replaces the name ‘Mauve’, as the colour is more intense than the tone mauve which is thought to be pale. For chrome colours ‘hue’ replaces the addition ‘no lead’, ‘transparent’ replaces ‘translucent’ and ‘Anthracite’ is the new name of the former ‘Charcoal Grey’.
Colour Chart Dot Cards
A dot card is a colour chart made with actual dots of watercolour paint on watercolour paper, like small spots you would put on your palette. This allows you to experience the colour as you wet it and fill the square of the colour chart with fluid paint.
Schmincke have created four dot cards for the Horadam Watercolours featuring 12, 35, 80 & 140 Horadam watercolour dots on watercolour paper. With a wet brush the colours can be painted directly in the fields marked with name and number. A great way to guide you and help you choose your colours! The 12 colour dot card contains the colours in the Core Colours set, the 12 colours that will mix to create all the colours on the colour wheel. The 35-colour dot card has the new colours just launched. The 80 has the colours in the large set and the 140 has all the colours in the range.
While stocks last
The first 100 customers to purchase the new Horadam Watercolours will receive a dot card of the 35 brand new colours (you will need to be logged into your Jackson’s account in order to take advantage of this offer) You can also receive a free 12 colour dot card with any Schmincke purchase. These will be automatically added to your basket until we run out of them.
The Complete 140 Colour Schmincke Horadam Watercolour Range
The features of the new, enlarged 140 assortment include:
- 139 brilliant, intense colours plus an Ox Gall (the wetting agent): 100 unchanged tones, 35 new tones, 4 optimised tones in their usual highest quality
- 112 colours have the highest possible lightfastness (4 and 5 stars)
- 95 single-pigment colours, which allows the best mixing results
- Expanded section of the colour wheel that are made possible by modern pigments and include 20 new pigments, including quinacridone, perylene, and transparent iron oxides
Horadam continues to provide the same high quality with unique features:
- The pans are poured four times in a liquid state for highest yield
- Specially selected Gum Arabic as binding medium
- The paint formula contains the optimal amount of ox gall for dispersal which allows a high control of paint flow, even on soft watercolour papers.
- Schmincke uses the same colour recipes for pans and tubes, so the paint is fully reusable paint even when dried on a palette
- 139 colours in full and half pans and 5ml and 15ml tubes and great selection sets
Schmincke Aqua Watercolour Painting Mediums
Schmincke have also added three new mediums to their Aqua Mediums range: Granulation Spray, Transparent Ground and Lift-Off Medium. The Aqua mediums allow the artist more creative options.
Read our earlier post about the Schmincke Lift Off Medium. Look for posts about the Granulation Spray and Transparent Ground on the blog next week.
Click on the underlined link to go to the current offers on the full range of the Schmincke Horadam Watercolours on the Jackson’s Art Supplies website.
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