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Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Sketchers' Pocket Box (12 Half Pans)

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  • The perfect introduction to Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolours
  • 12 brilliant colours in half pan form
  • High quality pigments at an affordable price
  • Great for smaller applications of colour
  • Ideal for outdoor use

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Video: Layering With Cotman Watercolours

More than any other medium, watercolour relies upon the variable characteristics of the pigments used.  Offering a carefully chosen spectrum of 40 colours, Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Water Colours have been created using both high quality pigments and more affordable alternatives. This pocket-sized set includes an integrated palette and brush, as well as 12 half pans of Cotman watercolours. 

This set of 12-half pan Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours in a convenient pocket box is an excellent introduction to Cotman watercolours specifically, or to watercolours in general. They’re perfect for use on the go or at your comfortable studio spot. 

Included colours: Lemon Yellow Hue, Cadmium Yellow Hue, Cadmium Red Pale Hue, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Ultramarine, intense Blue Phthalo Blue, Chinese White, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna, Yellow Ochre, Sap Green and Viridian Hue.

Video: Cotman Watercolour Washes

Cotman watercolours are an accessible paint that are easy to use for beginners with fine art pigments and reduced pigment load. This makes them easier to apply than professional watercolour paints. Winsor & Newton produce cotman watercolours without compromising on quality at all. 

What is watercolour?

Watercolour is produced by the combination of a pigment with a binder, usually Gum Arabic. This is then applied, with water, to a support such as watercolour paper. The pigment fixes to the support upon evaporation of the water. Click here for further product information on Winsor & Newton’s Watercolour range.

Watercolours are water-based, so brushes used to apply the watercolour paint need only mild soap and water to clean them after use. This video illustrates how simple it is to clean and care for watercolour brushes.

Which is better: tube watercolour or half pans?

There is no difference in quality between tube watercolour and half pans, the difference is in the application. Designed for ease of travel, half pan colours are perfect to use on the go. Half pans are popular with artists who paint infrequently, as the paints may be left for a long periods of time between uses, without affecting their quality.

One of the main features of the tubes is controlled measurement of use, applying as little or as much as required by the artist. Big spaces are more easily covered using tube watercolour than when using a half pan.

Which surfaces best support Water Colour?

When choosing a watercolour surface, it is important to consider the absorbency, colour and stability of the paper. Our range of Watercolour Paper & Pads offers an extensive choice of size and style, to meet artists’ every requirement.

Which brushes are best for watercolour painting?

Watercolour painting requires the brush to hold large amounts of water and paint. Natural hair brushes, particularly Red Sable brushes, tend to be favoured by artists working with watercolour. With a middle body able to hold a good reservoir of colour, Sable hair has excellent spring and resilience. The hairs are particularly strong at the brush’s fine tip, allowing the brush to be used both delicately and aggressively. 

Advancements in the production of synthetic hair have resulted in a rise in popularity of Synthetic Watercolour Brushes, especially if price and durability are an issue.

Which techniques work best with watercolour?

The following links show some new techniques on how watercolours can be used:

Water Colour Revolution

Techniques For Contemporary Water Colour

Focus On Water Colour Illustration Techniques

Who are Winsor & Newton?

In 1832, William Winsor and Henry Newton introduced the first moist water colours to the world. Today, Winsor and Newton remain the premier choice for artists, offering a wide variety of fine art supplies including: oil, water colour, acrylic and alkyd paints, pastels, artists' brushes, canvases, papers and portfolios.

Reviews (70)

30/09/2022
5/5
Great little product, it has all the main colours you want but in a mini size.
01/08/2022
5/5
Value for money. A gift for a beginner.
27/05/2022
5/5
Excellent, extremely pleased
08/04/2022
4/5
Not a bad little set, although the brush tends to come apart when you don't want it to. Would be nice if had extra space for more colours. Good for occasional use, travelling, or just to try out these very satisfactory watercolours
06/04/2022
5/5
Great quality, haven't used them outside yet but hands down best watercolours I've used in years. (better than my tubes!!)
16/03/2022
5/5
Excellent
02/03/2022
5/5
Love these.
30/12/2021
4/5
Perfect for what I wanted.
30/12/2021
5/5
This is the fourth time I've bought this pocket box - it's really handy for note taking when travelling or just walking out and about. This time, though, it was a xmas gift to my sister, who loves it. For the price it has a great selection of colours and lovely practical design.
18/12/2021
5/5
I am familiar with the item but it is as billed.
11/12/2021
5/5
Great colour pans
02/11/2021
5/5
Bought for a gift, and I know it will be welcome
20/10/2021
5/5
That’s 5 stars for appearance
07/07/2021
5/5
Can't fault Windsor and Newton products.
26/05/2021
4/5
Good travel set
25/05/2021
5/5
Bought to use out of doors so am waiting for that pleasure,some sunshine !.
03/05/2021
5/5
Excellent value strongly recommend
24/04/2021
5/5
Perfect, great size, great vibrant colours.
03/04/2021
5/5
Easy to use and pigmented.
29/03/2021
5/5
Very pigmented, really nice to work with
24/03/2021
5/5
Very good
15/03/2021
4/5
I would have bought a bigger one if I had realised the dimensions ..but probably thats my own fault ..I didnt check the dimensions ..
12/03/2021
5/5
I am happy with my purchase which is good value for price.
03/03/2021
5/5
So cute havent used yet but will be very useful.
24/02/2021
5/5
very convenient. good quality
22/02/2021
5/5
lovely quality pocket box of watercolours and a very useful brush included with a protective replaceable metal cover. The paint pans were chunkier than is normally found in boxes of watercolours.
04/02/2021
5/5
Just loving using this little pan. Perfect for starting out (as I am)
26/01/2021
5/5
Really like the paints good strong colours.
24/01/2021
5/5
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
13/01/2021
5/5
Great quality.
28/12/2020
5/5
Quality product.
20/12/2020
5/5
Perfect for an artist on the go.
19/12/2020
5/5
From this company I would expect nothing less than excellent; quality. This box did not let me down.
19/12/2020
5/5
Lovely little set. My first time using watercolours and I already really enjoy it.
14/12/2020
5/5
All you need for art on the go.
10/12/2020
5/5
EXCELLENT
04/12/2020
5/5
Got this as a gift for a friend as i love mine, great value!
23/11/2020
5/5
Paint palettes for artistic twin grandchildren. Perfec
20/11/2020
5/5
Great quality
18/11/2020
5/5
As expected good
08/11/2020
5/5
Great colours would be better with a black included
27/10/2020
5/5
Sturdy lightweight box. Good choice of colours.
07/10/2020
5/5
Does exactly what I needed it too and more! Love the lid as it can be used as a mini mixing pallet
06/10/2020
5/5
Exactly what I wanted. Each square comes delicately wrapped within the box, so they’re all well protected. A good investment for me to buy slightly more expensive watercolours for the incredible quality. The selection of colours is also ideal to comfortably paint anything with.
08/09/2020
3/5
Small box but reasonable product
02/08/2020
5/5
A good product and am enjoying using it
13/07/2020
5/5
Nice clean colours.
12/05/2020
4/5
Good product, smaller than I thought it would be
12/05/2020
4/5
Good starter set
04/03/2020
5/5
Great value
19/02/2020
5/5
Winsor and Newton, excellent paints, everything you need at an affordable price.
07/02/2020
4/5
Paint applier jammed
23/05/2019
5/5
This is a little gift to my granddaughter who has become really interested in watercolour art. Have one myself and it is really handy to just pop into your bag or pocket.
28/12/2018
5/5
Great value
19/12/2018
5/5
Excellent and portable
23/06/2018
5/5
Really vibrant colours, compact box perfect for travelling, and the included brush can produce very fine lines. Would definitely recommend!
02/03/2018
5/5
Good quality handy little sets.
02/03/2018
4/5
Vibrant colours, quality product. No real criticisms.
10/02/2018
5/5
Good quality and good range of colours, ease of use as portable - excellent.
05/02/2018
5/5
Excellent price - excellent product - quick delivery
05/02/2018
5/5
Bought as present for friend as I am happy with the quality.
06/12/2017
5/5
Excellent and very good value.
17/11/2017
5/5
Lovely paints
16/08/2017
4/5
Bought for a friend's birthday. They look good, but as gift yet to be given I don't know how the performance is
28/03/2017
5/5
I have one and these 3 are for my grandsons
10/03/2017
5/5
The size and quality makes outdoor sketching great fun.
09/02/2017
4/5
good quality
16/12/2016
4/5
Good
07/12/2016
5/5
I bought these for my daughters for Christmas.