Schmincke have a new addition to their range of nature inspired Supergranulation watercolours. Alongside the Galaxy, Glacier, Deep Sea and Forest and Tundra colours, is the new set Haze (or Nebel in German). Schmincke’s popular Supergranulation Watercolours contain a combination of naturally granulating pigments which separate and settle into the paper surface for textural effects.
Last year the German brand Schmincke launched a range of Supergranulation watercolour paints in the professional Horadam range. The distinctive feature of this range is that the paints are based on pigments that have a natural tendency to granulate. By combining two or more pigments in one paint, they complement and enhance the colour in combinations and create an incredible texture on the surface of the paper.
The current range of Supergranulation paints includes five series with nature-themed names: Forest, Deep Sea, Tundra, Glacier and Galaxy. Read more about each of the ranges and their colours here and here
This line has been such a resounding success that the range of the colours is expanded. Exclusive to Jackson’s Art in November, a new series of Supergranulation paints called Haze goes on sale in a set with 5 x 5 ml tubes (not in single tubes 15 ml). Like the previous series, it also includes five colours: they are pink, blue, indigo, brown and black. All paints have excellent lightfastness and all are transparent or semi-transparent.
Continuing the tradition of the name of the range, which reflects motifs in this range of colours, the Haze range is about complex, composed, discreet, stylish shades of grey-brown: these are the colours best used for painting misty mountains, obscure clouds, dimly visible, hidden behind a haze.
PR233 / PB36.
This cold pink is similar in shade and colour range to a similar colour from another Supergranulation series, Tundra Pink. As with that colour, the main pigment used here is PR233, which is better known among artists as Potters Pink. The accompanying and complementing pigment PB36 is blue with a distinctive greenish hue. Therefore, Haze Pink is very cold and in its colouring layer splits into pink and blue-green particles: the pure paint itself is a work of art.
PY43 / PB29 / PBr7
The blue in this range is a muted shade that could be described as the colour of a pre-thunderstorm sky. It is less split up with several pigments than the previous pink colour, but the extra texture that is created by the flecks of orange-brown pigment creates interest. In addition, the orange helps to bring out the beauty of the blue in Haze Blue.
PB29 / PG26 / PBr33
Like all the other colours in this series, Haze Indigo is subtle, understated and very stylish. The overall tone of the paint tends towards blue-purple, and even though the green pigment PG26 is present in the composition, it is not visually noticeable in the paint layer, it is more for the creating a cool colour temperature.
PBr7 / PBk11
The brown in Haze series is quite different from the other colours of the other ranges (Forest, Glacier and Galaxy has browns). It is calmer, more natural and cooler than its predecessors. This colour in its purest form can be compared to a tree bark or dark earth. Its black pigment gives it incredible patterns and can be used to create very interesting textures in wood, soil or stone.
PG36 / PBr33 / PBk11
The fourth black colour in the Schmincke Supergranulation range, and the most neutral of the lot: in the other ranges, black tends to be either warm or cold, but here it is exactly neutral. And, of course, like all paints, it is stunningly beautifully granulating, layering into black with merely visible flecks of green and brown-purple.
To sum up: The Haze set is available exclusively at Jackson’s Art till Christmas. All of these colours are incredibly beautiful both in mixes and in pure form, they create additional texture, help to easily create very effective washes and make the final painting even more interesting for the viewer.