|Manufacturer||Rossdale Pty Ltd|
|Product Dimensions||20.07 x 32.51 x 1.78 cm; 517.1 Grams|
|Item Model Number||MC20/36V|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Number of Items||1|
|Manufacturer Part Number||MC20/36V|
|Item Weight||517 g|
Kuretake Kuretake Gansai Tambi 36 Colours
- Kuretake Gansai Tambi Set Of 36
- Palette contains 36 colors
- Nontoxic water-based pigment conforms to ASTM D 4236
- Box Cover provides color chart for you to paint, provides actual color in use representation
- Gansai pan may show cracking due to dryness, occasioanally Gansai pan may look rough due to tiny air bubbles. None of these affect the quality
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This Kuretake-Gansai Tambi Watercolour set is filled with traditional Japanese watercolours for professional artists and crafters alike. These extra large pans (4.5 x 2.5cm) are ideal for sketching, illustration, sumi-e, manga, calligraphy and more. The range includes a good selection of vivid colours with creamy consistencies.
From the manufacturer
History of Kuretake
Kuretake Co., Ltd. was established in 1902 at Nara in Japan. Since then, by combining our Sumi Ink(Japanese Calligraphy Ink) with our own technological developments, we have achieved recognition as a manufacturer of high quality stationery products. With confidence that we could utilize our unique knowledge of multi-colored pigment inks, we decided to expand into Art & Crafts industry. That is our new action to contribute to people's life and culture by satisfying their new needs for 'Want to create by own hands.'
We strongly believe that our 'hands on' products will continue to satisfy future customer requirements for both Stationery as well as Arts & Crafts industries.
Kuretake and ZIG
Kuretake: The Kuretake brand represents the arts and crafts lifestyle with the use of color and shapes.
The colors 'Black' represents Tradition and 'Yellow and Purple' representing Innovation of brushes, pens and paints to support our customer artistic lifestyle. The shapes of circle, square and triangle represent the creation of arts and crafts.
ZIG: 'ZIG' is the brand name for Kuretake’s pen and marker which has been used and loved by many people.
In the 1970’s, Japan experienced nationwide depression during the post-war recession. People everywhere sought out low priced yet high quality stationery productions, and in this era came the birth of the new 'Kuretake ZIG' Fine liner pen. ZIG comes from the word 'zigzag', a concept based on the fluid, back and forth motion which comes with writing. 'Kuretake ZIG' had an extra-fine 0.3mm tip, as well as a slim body design with high-grade cap and stainless clip which was very original for that time. On top of that, 'Kuretake ZIG' became the first hit product of Kuretake stationery to spread worldwide.
From the original product name of 'Kuretake ZIG', we decided to establish 'ZIG' as the general brand of Kuretake Pens and Markers. Now, ZIG products are sold in over 80 countries around the world, growing into a global brand.
Characteristics of Gansai Tambi
Gansai Tambi are Eastern Watercolors, available in 48 colors that are based off colors found in nature, and so they are vibrant without being overly saturated. Due to their richness and opaqueness, Gansai are semi-transparent and can be used as a gouache unless mixed heavily with water.
Water-based pigment paint can be highly opaque or transparent depending on the amount of water added. Wide-variety of colors makes it simple to blend colors together to make even more combinations. Replacement Gansai Tambi pans can be purchased individually. Gansai are artist-quality paints that can be used by people at any creative level.
Larger paint pans make it is easy to use ultra-fine, detail brushes, as well as wide-brushes to cover larger space without losing color.
Each pan is hand-poured at our headquarters in Nara, Japan, leaving a smooth, creamy finish without the graininess that some Western Watercolors tend to have.
Paint lifts well with water but can also be layered with proper technique and paper and dries with a slight shiny finish.
Gansai are traditional Japanese paints that were used for a specific painting style called Etegami. Etegami translates to ‘image/picture letter’, and so is like a handmade postcard. People would use Gansai paints to sketch and illustrate simplified objects, relinquishing the control that formal artists had used up until that point, to create beautiful and colorful postcards with messages that expressed something more spontaneous and personal.
The vibrancy of our Gansai Tambi watercolors is meant to convey that same idea; that art and painting do not have to be done by masters using a technique, but can also be fun, bright, and intimate.
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From just the swatches they're very vibrant and from what I've heard about the lightfastedness of these, they seem to be amazing :))) Thank you so much!! They're also really creamy and activate every easily.
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Might not be for everyone though.
If you put a lot of paint down, there will a sheen to it.
The areas with more paint dry faster which means that it might dry unevenly sometimes, which can look cool but might not be for the control freak.
Reactivates pretty well, doesn't stain much, might be hard to layer for some, but I have had good success.
They are semi opaque, which means that if you mix too many colours they might get 'muddy'. The colours in their pure form are very saturated.
I would like warn you though that there are 4 colours that are not lightfast. 66 + 67 blues are pretty bad, 57 turquoise turns greenish and the 34 pink fades a little . The other 32 colours stable. You will have all the colours you need though, there are 3 other blues, one is slightly turquoise. 3 other variants of red/pink. I wish I could list a source of this information, but apparently I am not allowed to.
The colours are all gorgeous. However, I would advise that you make use of the blank paint chart provided and make swatches of all the colours as many of them look much darker/completely different in the pans to what they look like when applied to paper. There are a beautiful variety of colours - the only gap seems to be any shade of pastelly pink. There is a reddish-pink but in order to get the cherry-blossom variety of pink, some experimentation with colour mixing is required. The colours are very pigmented and a little goes a long way! This took me a little while to get used to as my previous watercolour pans were nowhere near as pigmented.
As for the three metallic paints, I LOVE the gold and silver (particularly the silver!). They are pretty opaque and mostly only require one or two coats to get the desired finish. The bronze I don't like quite so much - it seems to have a rather dull shine and seems a little watery. To be fair, bronze is a bit of a meh metallic for me compared to gold and silver and I don't use it nearly as much so I don't really mind.
Overall they're a lovely set of paints. Don't buy with the intention of using it as a travel set unless you're wanting to lug this baby everywhere you go (it's a bit bigger than A4 size so won't be going on the plane with me anytime soon). However, would 100% recommend for those who, like me, are looking for good-quality watercolours without breaking the bank.
You can get them quite thick, almost lacquered like a gouache, where when the paint dries it actually has a sheen to it which is handy for getting in details on your final layers.
The only downside is because the pigment is so strong you might mix very strong colours by accident, but as you can see I still gave this 5 stars, so it's not a big deal.
These are quite a unique watercolour to work with, and at the price on Amazon, they are an absolute must buy.
within my budget as it turned out I am feeling quite deflated by my purchase
The pan size is large, wish they were filled a bit more though. They are very nicely presented in a heavy duty cardboard box but it's a big box, not a good size for taking out and about. Inside the lid is the usual numbered box colour chart so you can apply sample colours. Mine is all in Japanese so I've used the sample wash boxes so I can compare names to w&n colours. A quick google brings up the English colour names
Lovely paints that would make a fantastic gift to a friend or for yourself.