As you all know, I am a big fan of QOR watercolours. QOR is a relatively new brand manufactured by Golden, a company mainly known for their acrylic paints. They use a unique “Aquazol” binder and claim to be more pigmented and versatile marketing themselves as truly “modern” watercolours.
Do they live up to the hype?
I love this brand. I find their pigments rich, smooth and easy to use. In short, Qor watercolours are my brand of choice. The only problem is that they are a bit harder to find in Canada.
When I heard last year that they developed a mini travel tin, I had to have one. It took me several months to track one down. Lee Angold finally brought me one from her travels abroad (I believe they are available at Curry’s now). The best price I have found is through <a href="http://<a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07C21J6VL/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B07C21J6VL&linkCode=as2&tag=candiceleyl04-20&linkId=6c6b3dc02f940dc17d8eb73f815b7b83">Golden QoR Watercolor, Mini Half Pan Set of 12 Colors (7000015-0), Multi</a>Amazon.
The set comes with 12 half pans (that are generously filled). The colours include Cadmium Yellow Primrose, Nickel Azo Yellow, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Pyrrole Red Medium, Quinacridone Magenta, Dioxazine Purple, Ultramarine Blue, Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), Sap Green, Payne’s Gray, Transparent Brown Oxide, Burnt Umber (Natural). I adore the selected colours as I frequently use Phthalo and Quinacridone Magenta in my paintings.
As expected with Qor paints, they are extremely vibrant. The provide excellent colour that lives up to all expectations and the tin is a joy to paint with. The only drawback is that they might actually be too vibrant for some styles of painting. I find that to create subtle washes or muted colours, you have to use a fair amount of water which can be difficult when using travel <a href="http://<a target="_blank" href="https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0015AWS8Q/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B0015AWS8Q&linkCode=as2&tag=candiceleyl04-20&linkId=67c4e19eb46f87cd8b2b10ec838654c4">Sakura 38550 4-ml Tank Koi Water Color Brush, Small</a>water brushes and sketching outdoors.
The tins themselves are excellent quality and extremely portable. It is currently my smallest travel palette, even with the full 12 pans! They contain several circular wells of varying sizes for mixing that I really enjoy using. The tins have a silicone insert with three mixing wells between the pans of colour. I don’t find this as useful and it is hard to clean, even though it claims to be “non-staining.”
In conclusion, I love these tins and I believe them to be of great quality and value. However, I will admit that it is a high price point. But if you enjoy QOR paints and outdoor sketching, this tin is worth the splurge.