About Winsor and Newton
” In 1832 chemist William Winsor and artist Henry Newton brought together the knowledge of the scientist and the creativity of the artist to offer an unprecedented choice of colour, clarity and permanence to fine artists. “
(Credit: Winsor & Newton official website – http://www.winsornewton.com/na/discover/about-us )
This brand received a lot of awards and is well known around the world since the beginning of their creation.
They are committed to creating top-quality products, open to innovations and creativity!
Who Are The Paints For?
These paints are great for beginners and advanced artists alike. They are affordable great quality paints that are constantly being upgraded, tested and improved.
Here is a very short video by Winsor & Newton themselves:
(you don’t really need to watch it, I just find the last few seconds of it very satisfying for my artistic soul 😉 )
Pros And Cons of the Winsor and Newton Acrylic Paint
Here is an example of their acrylic paint set : Winsor & Newton 2190517 Galeria Acrylic Paint 10 Tube Set,
- Constantly being upgraded and improved;
- Many years of development;
- Proven quality over many years starting at 1832;
- They have 80 different colors you can purchase separately in tubes! ( At the time of counting on December 2017);
- Rich and vibrant colors;
- You can leave them on a palette without them drying out for up to 30 minutes (the place I work at is not very dry, so the number may vary in your studio);
- There aren’t any visible (to my eye) color shifts from when you first apply the paint to when it dries out. (I had many unpleasant accidents with some other brands when I would apply a color like light orange, and it would dry up much darker than the original!);
- Available in almost every art store and online. ( I usually get mine from here);
- Great balance between their quality and price. They keep the paints affordable (which is awesome for an art student like me) while delivering to the best expectations;
- Thick paint. (Which makes it way easier to work with, since you can dilute paint at any time, but you can’t do much to make the paint thicker);
- Applies to canvas smoothly;
- Easy to mix;
- Easy to clean up after a messy usage;
- A usual 10-tube set doesn’t include cyan, which makes it hard to mix high-intensity pinks that I love using in my work. However, if you are not a big fan of intense pinks, then this is not something you should worry about. This con also applies only if you want to purchase a whole set of colors like I do. Fixing this con is pretty easy, I usually go ahead and purchase some of their colors separately. My favorite so far is called Permanent Rose.;
- If you uncarefully close the car with some paint left on it, it gets almost impossible (unless you are a Hulk) to open them up! Not really a con for this particular brand, but just something that does happen to me often with every brand (yes, my bad, I know). For it not to happen, try to make sure there is no paint on the top of the tube before you close it, but if this situation happened then try using a towel or call your superhero friend for help 😉 ;
When I paint with acrylics, there are always some things I’m missing, and it gets very annoying at times.
I would be in the middle of creating a piece, and then I realize that all my white paint is almost gone!
And it would take me like 2 days with Amazon Prime to get it delivered to my home!
Nothing ruins my inspiration as much as having to wait for supplies, so here is what I get right away:
1. MORE WHITE!!
There is always that one or two colors that run out super quickly, and it’s usually white!
Mixing colors often requires A LOT of it, and so I recommend getting an extra large tube and just creating art in piece! Here is my pick: Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Color Tube, 500ml, Titanium White:
- High pigment strength, opacity & permanence for professional results; Economical & versatile
- Series: 1/Color Code: 644/Color Index: PW6
- Permanence: AA/Opacity: Opaque
- Includes a 16.9oz/500ml tube of Winsor & Newton Galeria Acrylic Color
500 ml might sound like a lot, but when we are talking about paint just trust me – it’s not!
You will find yourself ordering another one with a new set of paints!
2. CANVAS PAPER!!
I absolutely LOVE the Strathmore 300 Series Canvas Paper:
- This item is 16x20 canvas paper pad 10/pad
- This item is acid free
- This item is manufactured in United States
- For extending the drying and working time of acrylic colors
- Small amounts will allow for extended blending and manipulation
- Does not contain sufficient acrylic resin to act as additional binder and should be used only in the amount needed to achieve the desired effect
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