I Love Qor Watercolours

I love QOR Watercolours.

I just wanted to put that out there. Many students ask which brand they should use.  I generally say any artist grade paint will do: Windsor Newton, Daniel Smith or Holbien, but I prefer Qor Watercolours and here is some background on that choice.

Two years ago, I bought their High Chroma set and fell in love. This bold series of colours had a huge influence on the colour palette that I currently use.  The set contains Cobalt Teal, Green Gold, Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Quinacridone Magenta, and Dioxazine Purple.

As a beginner watercolourist, they were the first paints I tried, so I can say that I experienced them without any bias or previous brand loyalty. The vibrancy, the large tube and just how the paints react on the paper. LOVE LOVE LOVE. Yellows and some other piments have this WHOOSH effect and do beautiful things on the paper. And can we talk a bit about their amazing tins. I love the shape and the round wells for mixing.

Qor is a relatively new brand made by Golden. Golden, for years, has set the standard for acrylic paints but has just recently started to produce watercolours. Qor’s Aquazol Binder (instead of the traditional Gum Arabic) is also unique on the market and there isn’t a ton of information about it. I’ve heard other artists suggest that the binder doesn’t play well with other traditional binders or that the paints don’t rewet easily. I have never experienced these drawbacks myself. But everyone uses their paints differently and is entitled to their opinions.

I just wanted to put it out there, that Qor, as unconventional as it is, is my Watercolour brand of Choice.

1 thought on “I Love Qor Watercolours”

  1. I haven’t had trouble mixing any watercolour brands. They all have quirks and differences, but then so do individual pigments within each brand. The individual personalities of different watercolour paints are part of what makes watercolour such a unique and beautiful medium.

    I’ve had mixed experiences with QoR depending on how I’m using the paint. I think it’s some unique properties of the binder/dispersant formula, which they advertise as great for glazing because it stays put on the page, and maintains bright, clear colours with lower drying shift. Some of the colours really do seem to live up to the brand hype of “lower colour shift” and staying put in glazes. The Transparent Pyrrol Orange in particular, stays a much brighter, clearer orange than the two other brands that use the same pigment, and is just a really unique bright, transparent orange.

    I find they do rewet easily IF you are loading a big juicy wash – no pre-wetting required. However, where I start to run into problems is if I want to drybrush details. My usual technique for this is to let various concentrations of paint dry on a ceramic plate, and then use a barely damp brush to pick up just the right amount of pigment. The trouble is, QoR paints don’t seem to reactivate unless they have “enough” water – if I drop a water droplet over the paint, it reactivates instantly, but it won’t release onto a damp brush. I think this is the same property that makes QoR washes “stay put” through glazing

    It makes sense to me that you would love how QoR paints behave, as your work uses large, overlapping, bright washes. It also makes sense to me that someone who uses lots of tiny drybrush details would find QoR paints frustrating and difficult to rewet. I’ve been on both sides (so I just collect more paint :P)


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