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Marie's 12 Colour Chinese Watercolor Paints (Small 5ml) [ColorSm12]    

New production & New packaging!
Marie's is the oldest Chinese painting color brand since 1919 in Shanghai. This is a set of 12 colors in the new lead-free aluminum tube, which is good for your health. This product has satisfied the standard of European EN71-3 and American ASTM D-4236, also the ISO9002.
Twelve Colors 12 x 5 ML.

   1. Chinese White ¦¦¦¦(104)
      As kown as titanium white, an opaque mineral color. Often applied to the back of rice paper to enhance the whiteness of paper, such as waterfalls in landscape painting or the the white furs or feather on animals. Mix with carmine or rouge for paint pink flowers, mix with gamboge for stamens and pollen.
   2. Gamboge ████ (218)

     A transparent plant color. Good for flowers, mix with Indigo to make transparent green for leaves and trees. Mix with white to dot pollens.
   3. Vermilion ████ (399)
      A semi-opaque mineral color,good for painting orange red flowers, maple leaves and autumn foliage, or washing sunset sky, especially useful for painting rooster and gold fish. More intense but often mixed with cinnabar.
   4. Cinnabar ████ (398) 
      A opaque Mineral color. Often used in flower and birds, and human figure painting. More chalky but often mixed with vermillion.
   5. Rouge ████ (400)
      A transparent plant color. A very rich dark red for flowers; diluted with water or white to make cool pink for plum blossoms, or add a red tinge to leaves or branches. A most commonly used color for painting the calyx of tree flowers such as plum, peach or cherry blossoms.
   6. Carmine ████ (390)
      A transparent plant color. A beautiful crimson for flowers. Often combined with white and rouge to paint peony, rose and other pink flowers.
   7. Scarlet ████ (302)

      A transparent plant color. Often mixed with vermilion and rouge for dark red peony or roses.
   8. Umber ████ (684)
      A semi-transparent mineral color. A brown color made from the yellow soil. Ideal for painting earthy landscapes, rocks, tree trunks and flower stems.
   9. Light Green ████ (593)
      An opaque mineral color. In traditional blue-and-green landscape painting, after a layer of transparent green is applied to the front side, this opaque green is applied to the backside of rice paper to create the final effect. Avoid using it alone on the front side of the paper. Always used on top of ink, umber or vegetable colors; otherwise, it will look chalky.
  10. Light Blue ████ (493)
      An opaque mineral color (azurite). There are three tones from dark to light and this is the third one(light). Used for thick leaves, rocks and sky. Use on the back of rice paper with transparent blue on the front to avoid chalkyness. Mix with Phthalocyanine to make it darker if needed.
  11. Phthalocyanine Blue ████ (451)
      A transparent plant color. Mix with gamboge yellow to make various greens in landscape and leaves. A more pure and intense blue than indigo.
  12. Indigo ████ (495)
      A transparent plant color. This is one of the most useful color in Chinese painting. Complementary to umber in traditional Chinese landscape painting. Mix with ink to make blue gray, and combine with gamboge to make green leaves.



Q: What is the difference between the western watercolor and the Chinese painting color?

A: The difference is in the binding glue, source material and opacity.
Western colorcolor is designed to be used on watercolor paper which is none absorbent, and stretched before painting, whereas Chinese watercolor is suitable to paint on rice paper stretched after painting. If you use western watercolor on rice paper, the color will run and bleed when the painting is wet-mounted, but Chinese painting color is with more stable binder. Still if if you like to use heavy colors in your sumi or Chinese painting, I'd suggest you to use our silicone paper to dry-mount them.

Traditional Chinese watercolor is made from natural dyes and minerals rather than finer pigment particles in western watercolor. Please do not try to use Chinese painting color on regular watercolor paper espacially the mineral colors because they are more opaque, not transparent. They are supposed to be used on the wrong side of rice paper.

Finally, I found western watercolor is very difficult to blend with sumi ink--they tend to be muddy or dirty when mixed and applied on rice paper. Chinese painting colors, on the other hand, are very friendly with sumi ink, which serves as the "bone" of Chinese painting. They could be mingled together to create all kinds of colorful gray tones often seen in Chinese pantings.


If you have any questions please send me a messahe and I will get back to you as soon as I can.


This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 22 July, 2009.

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