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.