About the paints
Jackson’s Art store provides the following description of Aquarius paints:
Aquarius is a range of mostly single pigment paints made by Roman Szmal. The range features mostly single pigmented colours – 117 out of 140 colours are monopigment paints. Such a wide range of single pigment paints ensures clean mixing and lets artists create their own colour palettes.
The range contains a few unique tones such as PY61, PY168, PV37, PBr23 or PBk8. The 34 Earth Shades are made from natural earths, not synthetic iron oxides, and these unusual pigments are found in many different places around the world. Some unique shades are created exclusively by Roman Szmal, such as Aquarius Green, Przybysz’s Grey, Ocean Blue, Shadow Violet, Green Gold and Olive Green.
Colours are made in small batches that allows them to be carefully checked. Every batch is tested for performance qualities: vibrancy, flowing abilities, viscosity, colour value, transparency, granulation, undertone, tinting strength, clarity and particle size. For each colour, Roman Szmal select the perfect grind to match the particle size.
Each colour is made with high-quality gum arabic and glycerin, linden honey, distilled water and pure pigments. Every pan is hand filled and labelled with watercolour paper.
117 single pigment colors are a treat for artist as myself, who pay attention to pigments. I personally prefer single pigment colors, so I’ve been given more than plenty to choose from. The 140 colors provided enable you to create practically any set you need. If you buy individual colors from different brands, because one company has some tones you use and another one different ones, there’s a huge chance that you’ll find all of them in the Aquarius palette. This means you can buy your whole palette from one manufacturer and that’s a big advantage!
But coming back to the description of colors. There are 34 earth tones, and they’re not synthetic. Those of you who paint landscapes will surely find a lot of amazing colors here. Even though I don’t use many browns, I was impressed with these lovely shades. They made me want to paint something with them! My favorite was color number 235 – Natural Sienna Monte Amiata. Not only did I fall in love with the name, but it also evoked some great memories of travels to Italy.
Quinacridone colors include organic pigments which make for the best characteristics of watercolors. That’s why they’re favorites of watercolor painters all around the world. They’re transparent, vivid and lasting, easy to lift out, great for flowing on the paper and mingling with other colors. There are 9 colors like that in the Aquarius palette, such as very versatile Quinacridone Gold or Quinacridone Red.
Separating colors are those, as the name suggests, which after applying them on the paper separate in such a way you can see individual pigments. These tones are very unique and rare. The Aquarius offers quite a few of them. To make the layers more visible it’s necessary to use plenty of water. Here below are a few examples: