Winsor & Newton Cotman Watercolour Studio Set (45 Half Pans)

More than any other medium, water colour relies upon the variable characteristics of the pigments used.  Offering good transparency and excellent tinting strength, Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Water Colours have been created using both high quality pigments and more affordable alternatives.  

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A large set containing all 40 colours in the Cotman range, Winsor & Newton’s Cotman Water Colour Studio Set 45 also contains five extra pans.

What is water colour?

Water colour 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 water colour 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.

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

What is better, tube water colour or half pans?

There is no difference in quality between tube water colour 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 Water Colour surface, it is important to consider the absorbency, colour and stability of the paper. Our range of Water Colour Paper & Pads offers an extensive choice of size and style, to meet artists’ every requirement.

Which brushes are best for Water Colour painting?

Water Colour 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 Water Colour. 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 Water Colour Brushes, especially if price and durability are an issue.

Which techniques work best with Water Colour?

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 : 36
  • Average Grade : 4.8 /5
  • M. Cristian
  •  the 21/10/2017
  • 5/5
An old favourite at a great price.
  • M. Susan
  •  the 15/09/2017
  • 5/5
Strong vibrant colours
  • P. Sophie
  •  the 24/08/2017
  • 5/5
Nice paints, all separately wrapped which took ages to unwrap (!) but just what I wanted.
  • C. James
  •  the 23/08/2017
  • 5/5
  • D. Shirley
  •  the 20/08/2017
  • 5/5
Husband very pleased
  • S. Isabella
  •  the 18/08/2017
  • 4/5
Paints are of high quality but don't stay in place well
  • F. Samantha
  •  the 16/08/2017
  • 5/5
Item is amazing quality for an even better price. So so happy with it
  • E. Elisabeth
  •  the 16/08/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent item
  • S. Yolanda
  •  the 12/08/2017
  • 4/5
Half pans are dinky a d I'll probably have to replace some colours soon. But this item is good for travelling the paints are well protected in the case. Lots of space to mix colours. Space for brush. Not sure if i would pay full price for this item but bargain in the sale.
  • O. Carole
  •  the 04/08/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent product. Very high quality pure colours.
  • C. Chris
  •  the 07/06/2017
  • 5/5
This is an excellent product with great reviews both on this and other sites - the comprehensive number of blocks makes it perfect for my needs and the vibrancy of the colours is mpressive as expected. They are also suprisingly hard wearing so don't disappear after a few uses yet still cover well.
  • W. David
  •  the 29/05/2017
  • 5/5
Good product at a great price
  • G. Candice
  •  the 27/05/2017
  • 5/5
The colors are bright and easy to store. Good value for money since we got it on sale.
  • S. Andrew
  •  the 18/05/2017
  • 5/5
Lots of pigment crammed into small block, last ages.
  • F. Adele
  •  the 17/05/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent value, great selection of colours, will purchase again in the future!
  • L. Miriam
  •  the 14/05/2017
  • 4/5
Great quality, lovely colours. I've bought it on offer and I am very happy about the colours.
  • P. Gail
  •  the 21/04/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent quality at such a low price.
  • E. Katherine
  •  the 01/04/2017
  • 5/5
Great price, great quality, arrived very quickly!
  • K. Adam
  •  the 02/03/2017
  • 5/5
High quality low price
  • V. Walter
  •  the 02/03/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent value for money.
  • B. Gordon
  •  the 24/02/2017
  • 5/5
Very good value,recommend.
  • P. Mital
  •  the 17/02/2017
  • 5/5
Have used these before, really love this has a great range of colours. Really good price.
  • P. Michael
  •  the 08/02/2017
  • 4/5
Good value which may explain why no brush included
  • S. Holly
  •  the 02/02/2017
  • 4/5
great paints, would be useful to have a paintbrush incuded
  • G. Jorge Vicente
  •  the 31/01/2017
  • 5/5
  • E. Sylvia
  •  the 27/01/2017
  • 5/5
Five star
  • S. Mel
  •  the 21/01/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent range of colours,
  • H. Ramona
  •  the 18/01/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent value
  • S. Helen
  •  the 12/01/2017
  • 4/5
Quality product
  • S. Navin
  •  the 12/01/2017
  • 4/5
I have not used this product as yet
  • G. Lesley
  •  the 11/01/2017
  • 5/5
lovely collection of colours
  • B. Nigel
  •  the 28/12/2016
  • 5/5
Great value for quality set
  • D. Mary
  •  the 23/12/2016
  • 5/5
very good
  • H. Lisa
  •  the 07/12/2016
  • 5/5
Beautiful set of colours. I can't wait to try them.
  • H. Diane
  •  the 23/11/2016
  • 5/5
Very good
  • V. PETER
  •  the 22/11/2016
  • 5/5
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