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Rembrandt watercolours

Royal Talens have introduced new colours and improved hues into their range of Rembrandt artist-quality watercolours, including a break-through addition of metallic paints. Watercolourist Max Hale finds them exciting and effortless

This year – 2019 – is the ‘Year of Rembrandt’ as it marks 350 years since the death of the Dutch master. To celebrate this, Royal Talens, who have been producing the finest artist-quality paint since 1899, are launching 46 new Rembrandt watercolours and 18 improved pigment hues. Although Rembrandt paints have always been recognised as top-quality, artist-level products, this initiative has taken on a characteristic of superior quality in the genre.

It is clear to identify as the paint flowed around on the paper as I worked. Washes of the more standard colours were clean and bright with a vividness that I enjoyed – I didn’t have to go back to strengthen and add more pigment. I have used many brands of watercolours yet Rembrandt has captured my imagination, even revitalised my enthusiasm for this beautiful medium; even without the metallic colours, this is a special, quality product.


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Welcome to our August issue, packed with inspirational features to help you explore and enjoy your creative skills in all media this summer. Our professional artists and tutors show how to capture summer trees in acrylics, deal with all those greens in the landscape, choose and use the best pochade box for your needs and paint watercolour landscapes both near and far. There are also demonstrations on how to achieve a portrait likeness in charcoal, apply the 'robot' method for painting people, use the patterns of animal coats to help describe their form and capture a radiant sunset in oils. Our interview with Sunday Times Watercolour Competition winner Jayne Stokes provides an insight into the secrets of her success and her working methods in water-based media, while a group of artists reveal how they set up an Open Studios event and offer their top tips for success. There's plenty more, including the latest news, views, product review, competitions to enter and advice on how to create and publish your own book! Enjoy!