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Marie's 24 Colors Chinese Watercolor Paints(12ml)[Maries_24_colors]

Here is the brand new set of Marie's watercolors for sumi painting with 24 12ml tubes!

Marie's is the oldest Chinese painting color brand since 1919 in Shanghai. This is a set of 24 colors is the latest new product endorsed by Master Meilin Man, who was the chief artist responsible for the icon design for 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. These new Marie's Chinese painting colors stand in between guache and watercolor paints, they look much brighter than the traditional colors, yet maintain great integration with ink or water, and flows smoothly on rice paper.

They are packed 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.
They come in large size 3-1/2" and 12ml tube, packed in a 11"x4-1/2" box. The 24 Colors are:  

   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 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 folow flowers, mix with Indigo to make transparent green for leaves and trees.

   3. Orange Yellow ████ (316)

     A transparent plant color. Good for folow flowers, mix with Indigo to make transparent green for leaves and trees.
   4. Cinnabar ████ (398) 
      A opaque Mineral color. Often used in flower and birds, and human figure painting.

   5. Vermilion ████ (399)
      A semi-opaque mineral color,good for painting orange red flowers, maple leaves and autumn foliages, or washing sunset sky.

   6. Peony Red ████ (393)

      A transparent plant color. A natural red color that is lighter than rouge but darker than crimson lake. As its name suggests it is good for painting the red peonies.

   7. 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.
   8. Rose ████ (336)

      A transparent plant color. Named after Chinese rose, I found this beautiful pink color is perfect for painting lotus flowers. Mix with rouge to make dark rose rose.  

   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 combined with vegitable colors or ink. Or, it will look chalky.

   10. Dark Green ████ (591)
      An opaque mineral color. There are three tones from dark to light and this is the first one on the dark side. If watered down and mixed with ink or other transparent greens it can be applied directly on the front side on paper for jade-green bamboo. 

   11. Jungle Green ████ (560) 
      This new transparent color fills the blank of a basic green color in the history of Chinese painting colors. So for the first time we do not need to mix blue and yelow to get it. This pure green color interact well with ink and won't get muddy with other colors as mixed green colors do.

   12. Olive Green ████ (569) 
      A new transparent color. It looks nice when diluted with water. Mix with light ink to make very solft green grays. Tinge with red to paint tender leaves.   
  13. Light Blue ████ (493)
      An opaque mineral color (Azutrite3). 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.

  14. Dark Blue ████ (491) 
     An opaque mineral blue (Azutrite1). There are three tones from dark to light and this is the first one(dark). Used for with light blue on the back side of paper or directly on embed on the top of ink base.

  15. Cobalt Blue ████ (453)
      An opaque mineral color. It 's the second tone of the three mineral blue colors mentioned aboved. 

  16. Ultramarine Blue ████ (443)
      A new transparent color. Very nice medium tone bright blue. Mix with brown for various light grays, or with ink for dark blue gray.

  17. Purple  ████ (439)

     A transparent plant color. A ready made bright purple that is perfect for painting wisteria and other violet flowers.

  18. Phthalocyanine Blue ████ (451)
      A transparent plant color. Mix with gamboge yellow to make various greens in landscape and leaves.
  19. 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.

  20. Yellow Ochre  ████ (676)

     A new semi-opaque color. A brownish yellow or earth yellow. Used to mix with other color to make nice skin colors.  

  21. Vandyke Red  ████ (681)

     A new Marie's mineral color. Red soil or terra rosa soil color.

  22. Umber ████ (684)
      A semi-transparent mineral color. A brown color made from the yellow soil. Ideal for painting earthy landscapes, tree trunks and flower stems.
  23. Burt Siana  ████ (687)

     A new Marie's semi-transparent color. Use along as a rich dark brown color or mix with  Ultramarine Blue for warm grays. 

  24.  Row Siana  ████ (688)

     A new Marie's semi-transparent color. A nice yellowish brown.


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.




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