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Hi everyone. I want to develop my painting skills in watercolor. I am self-taught and I don't really know which brand is most suitable for newbies. Therefore, I am here with a question to you. So, do you have any recommended watercolor sets? In addition, I don't want to spend a fortune.
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Hi everyone. I want to develop my painting skills in watercolor. I am self-taught and I don't really know which brand is most suitable for newbies. Therefore, I am here with a question to you. So, do you have any recommended watercolor sets? In addition, I don't want to spend a fortune.
Thanks in advance for your help.馃グ
Winsor newton is a good brand but a little expensive. They come in tubes and pans. If you want to save money while you practice then arteza on Amazon is a good way to go. They come in tubes which I recommend. I'm relatively new myself but you will be ok with what I have recommended. If you live near a Michael's they have artist's loft brand which is good for practice.
 

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Van gogh makes affordable sets. Their tube paints are very concentrated and behave in fun ways wet-in-wet. I am personally not a huge fan of arteza watercolors. If you can, try to look at the pigment information before purchasing a set. You will need your reds, yellows, and blues to all be single pigment colors. This will help you keep bright, clear color mixes as a beginning painter. Other paints with mixed "convenience colors" can be gorgeous, but don't always behave the way you might expect. Also the Paul Reubens set in the pink tin is very good and cheap!
 

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If you want to save money then don't buy a set. Buy a selection of just 6 colours and make your own palette. You do not need 12 or 24 different colours for watercolour, most sets contain a heap of stuff that you will never use anyway. However if a set is what you want then White Knights by St Petersburg has a reputation for being very affordable and very good quality (almost artist quality). You can get started in that brand for less than $50 and have very good paints that won't frustrate you.

To make a palette of your own, choose single pigment colours only.

A warm yellow
A cool yellow
A cool blue - avoid cobatl or manganese blues as they aren;t good mixers
A cool red
A true orange
A sienna

This is called a split primary palette and will give you hundreds of colours when mixing that all look true to the colour you want. You can paint for years just with this and nothing else. Avoid all cadmium colours in this selection as they are NOT transparent and will muddy your mixes.
 

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Cheap sets like Artz... from Michael's do not give consistent results. Clara gave you very good advice. Do yourself a favor and learn about making many colors from just a few pigments. Good brushes are a must! But the cheap ones are to be avoided. Again, Clara could advise you. Welcome to the forums.
 
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