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

  • The perfect introduction to 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 chose 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 watercolour. 

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

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 Water Colour 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 water colour 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.

Product Reviews
  • Number of Reviews : 41
  • Average Grade : 4.7 / 5
  •  the 13/01/2021
  • 5/5
Great quality.
  •  the 28/12/2020
  • 5/5
Quality product.
  •  the 20/12/2020
  • 5/5
Perfect for an artist on the go.
  •  the 19/12/2020
  • 5/5
From this company I would expect nothing less than excellent; quality. This box did not let me down.
  •  the 19/12/2020
  • 5/5
Lovely little set. My first time using watercolours and I already really enjoy it.
  •  the 14/12/2020
  • 5/5
All you need for art on the go.
  •  the 10/12/2020
  • 5/5
  •  the 04/12/2020
  • 5/5
Got this as a gift for a friend as i love mine, great value!
  •  the 23/11/2020
  • 5/5
Paint palettes for artistic twin grandchildren. Perfec
  •  the 20/11/2020
  • 5/5
Great quality
  •  the 18/11/2020
  • 5/5
As expected good
  •  the 08/11/2020
  • 5/5
Great colours would be better with a black included
  •  the 27/10/2020
  • 5/5
Sturdy lightweight box. Good choice of colours.
  •  the 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
  •  the 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.
  •  the 08/09/2020
  • 3/5
Small box but reasonable product
  •  the 02/08/2020
  • 5/5
A good product and am enjoying using it
  •  the 13/07/2020
  • 5/5
Nice clean colours.
  •  the 12/05/2020
  • 4/5
Good product, smaller than I thought it would be
  •  the 12/05/2020
  • 4/5
Good starter set
  •  the 04/03/2020
  • 5/5
Great value
  •  the 19/02/2020
  • 5/5
Winsor and Newton, excellent paints, everything you need at an affordable price.
  •  the 07/02/2020
  • 4/5
Paint applier jammed
  •  the 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.
  •  the 19/12/2018
  • 5/5
Excellent and portable
  •  the 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!
  •  the 02/03/2018
  • 5/5
Good quality handy little sets.
  •  the 02/03/2018
  • 4/5
Vibrant colours, quality product. No real criticisms.
  •  the 10/02/2018
  • 5/5
Good quality and good range of colours, ease of use as portable - excellent.
  •  the 05/02/2018
  • 5/5
Excellent price - excellent product - quick delivery
  •  the 05/02/2018
  • 5/5
Bought as present for friend as I am happy with the quality.
  •  the 06/12/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent and very good value.
  •  the 17/11/2017
  • 5/5
Lovely paints
  •  the 14/11/2017
  • 2/5
Over a month on and I am still waiting to receive my order
  •  the 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
  •  the 28/03/2017
  • 5/5
I have one and these 3 are for my grandsons
  •  the 10/03/2017
  • 5/5
The size and quality makes outdoor sketching great fun.
  •  the 09/02/2017
  • 4/5
good quality
  •  the 16/12/2016
  • 4/5
  •  the 07/12/2016
  • 5/5
I bought these for my daughters for Christmas.
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