I was a bit disappointed that two of the tubes of extra colours I bought are so close to the standard colours in the Van Gogh Watercolour kit. At some point I had purchased a Daler-Rowney Quinacridone Magenta which is close to the Permanent Red Violet in the VG range, although much more vivid. Similarly, I had added Phthalo Green to the existing colours and I find it very close to Viridian but more intense. I probably would have done better to buy an olive green and a lavender. Oh well, that’s how it goes. At $3 a tube it’s not so bad. Update: I did eventually buy tubes of Chinese White and Olive Green.
Anyway, here is my testing page after I squeezed paint from the tubes onto the palette to dry. I placed the samples across the page from the Staedtler watercolour pencils test page because I wanted to be able to compare them. Click to enlarge.
This is a shot of the page in profile so you can see how it is buckling after having lots of gouache on one side and watercolours from a tube on the other. I still think this is pretty good for painting on two sides of 100 lb. paper. Once it is thoroughly dry I will close the book and weight it for a time to alleviate some of this buckling.
I am glad that I took the time to put these tests in the journal. It’s going to be very helpful when I am painting.
The main thing I like about these tests and samples is that it starts the journal without giving me the “white page syndrome” of not being able to start at all due to fear or perfectionism. Mind you, now I have to draw something after this. I was interested in trying a pictorial map with illustrations of historic landmarks or something, but maybe I’ll start in on learning how to draw portraits and people. Or I could try some tutorials from the new book I bought on drawing birds with coloured pencil.
As you can see, I am oh so careful in my work and details, what could I do if I loosened up? Scary stuff!