The first thing I noticed...
, March 29, 2012
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: