Artist's Loft Pearlescent Watercolors 28 colorsI think it's a good idea to have a variety of watercolors to play with. That way, if you get the whim to try something unusual, you have the colors there to play with. The Artist's Loft Pearlescent Watercolors 28 colors is one of those creativity-spurring sets.
This set has seven rows of four colors in square, small (about 1" square) pans. It comes with a brush and a lid. In the image I've taken off my lid to work with it more easily. The lid is clear plastic. On an odd note, there is no branding ANYWHERE on the entire kit. So once you take the paper wrap off of the package, you have no idea where this came from. I wonder if they use the same package for a lot of different brands.
The paint itself is fun. It has a shimmer to it which definitely counts as pearlescent. It's fairly opaque, but you can use it lightly to get some translucence to it. It shines in light. So it's an interesting paint to have around, to play with.
An important note - the package of Artist's Loft Pearlescent on the Michael's website has DIFFERENT COLORS than what I show here. So apparently they change around the colors occasionally. If you are getting this because you want one specific color, be aware that you might not get it. If you have a color here you adore, I might buy several sets while that color is available.
I used this for painting strips of paper, to then fold into origami shapes. The shimmer of color added a lovely highlight to the shapes. This example is an origami lotus flower, done with web articles written by a friend of mine. It was a gift for him.
For my style, this isn't my every day set. I have "regular" (non-pearlescent) paints for that. But heck, who knows, you might love pearlescent and all your paintings might be done in that style. And even though I don't paint in pearlescents every day, there are definitely times I find it appealing to use them.
So, again, they're something I'd suggest having in your collection.
I bought my Artist's Loft pearlescent kit at Michael's, to do my watercoloring with.
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