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The first thing I noticed...
March 29, 2012
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The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was that the colors in the palette looked dark and blah. I know most watercolors look very different in the pans than they do wet, but five shades of black? To my surprise and delight, some of those “blacks” ended up being very light, bright hues.

Compared to my Yarka and Sakura Koi watercolor sets, the Akashiya seem more transparent. The palette is very different from most off-the-shelf palettes I’ve seen. It’s somewhat similar to my Sakura Koi box of 24 colors, and a couple of the blues and greens are really nice. (No brown at all – I suppose that’s the easiest to mix – and only one yellow.) So I’m delighted to try out some new hues.

Oddly enough, the palette includes a metallic gold and metallic silver. I don’t know how much use I have for those, but they’re unusual. One other thing to note is that the square pans are not attached to the palette – they are all individual boxes that come out of the cardboard tray they come in. The whole box is not at all portable, since it’s too large to hold in the field (and if you drop it, all the individual pans would come flying out). Overall, I’m happy that I gave in to the impulse to buy the set and am looking forward to exploring these thoroughly transparent colors. For a more thorough review, including painted color samples of all 24 colors, please see my blog:
http://www.tina-koyama.blogspot.com/2012/03/product-review-akashiya-watercolor s.html
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Lots of pretty colors!!...
October 22, 2014
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Lots of pretty colors!! I feel like there might be too many shades of blue, but other than that, really great set.
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PLEASE restock! I keep...
August 27, 2010
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PLEASE restock! I keep checking back, to no avail. :-(
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Also very interested...
August 18, 2010
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Also very interested to see more of this product
very interested in restock!...
August 6, 2010
very interested in restock! 8D
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