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

More than any other medium, watercolour 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 pigments of artist quality watercolour paints, yet available at an affordable price.

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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. This studio set is ideal for beginners, yet also functions perfectly as professional watercolour paints.

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 period 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 : 109
  • Average Grade : 4.8 /5
  • J. Kevin
  •  the 20/07/2018
  • 5/5
Seem good although I've no experience.
  • J. Kulvinder
  •  the 20/07/2018
  • 1/5
Terrible people two items missing stolen my money and didn't bother to resolve my problem sends a incomplete order then staff called Steven who is so rude refused to give my money back of stuff they didn't send horrible company stolen my money and they don't contact you back expects us as customers to not do anything about it
  • A. Mark
  •  the 11/07/2018
  • 5/5
Just what I required.
  • T. Jennie
  •  the 11/07/2018
  • 5/5
Excellent
  • B. Colin
  •  the 27/06/2018
  • 5/5
Very good competitive price.
  • N. Sarah
  •  the 26/06/2018
  • 5/5
Fabulous set with everything I needed
  • B. Roger
  •  the 24/06/2018
  • 5/5
A good quality priduct
  • A. Shane
  •  the 20/06/2018
  • 5/5
very impressed
  • B. Jane
  •  the 13/06/2018
  • 5/5
Excellent watercolour set with mixing palettes and quality colours.
  • C. Elisa
  •  the 06/06/2018
  • 5/5
Just what I needed. Portable, compact and good quality/selection of halfpans. The case looks a little cheap however.
  • B. Rachael
  •  the 01/06/2018
  • 5/5
The colours blend beautifully
  • V. Vivienne
  •  the 22/05/2018
  • 5/5
My daughter loves this.
  • K. Jeanette
  •  the 17/05/2018
  • 4/5
Not yet used, but a friend finds hers superb.
  • C. Margaret
  •  the 16/05/2018
  • 5/5
I was recommended this product by my Art teacher and have used hers and enjoyed using these paints.
  • T. Annemarie
  •  the 16/05/2018
  • 5/5
Beautifully presented water colours, like a box of chocolates. I bought them for my daughters 11th birthday as she has worn out her dads set!
  • P. Stephen
  •  the 16/05/2018
  • 5/5
Excellent value
  • P. Anne
  •  the 07/05/2018
  • 5/5
Second one I have bought for Granddaughter
  • B. Felicity
  •  the 28/04/2018
  • 5/5
Just starting out using watercolours, good selection of colours, good value.
  • D. Karen
  •  the 10/03/2018
  • 5/5
Very good paints with every colour needed.
  • M. Louise
  •  the 08/03/2018
  • 5/5
Good quality and cheapest on this website when I bought it!
  • H. Lyn
  •  the 07/03/2018
  • 5/5
Lovely det
  • G. John
  •  the 07/03/2018
  • 5/5
excellent product
  • S. Nina
  •  the 06/03/2018
  • 5/5
Very good quality and about half the price of one I found elsewhere.
  • R. Emma
  •  the 04/03/2018
  • 5/5
Lovely set of paints, great mix of colours, perfect for beginners to more experienced painters.
  • L. Shelley
  •  the 03/03/2018
  • 5/5
Love this set
  • M. Ann
  •  the 01/03/2018
  • 4/5
Lovely set, but why is there all that individual wrapping? That’s really not necessary
  • S. Anne
  •  the 28/02/2018
  • 5/5
Beautiful colours - really good product.
  • W. Dorothy
  •  the 28/02/2018
  • 5/5
I bought one of these for myself and made some people jealous in my art group. I have since bought more for them and am awaiting yet another order. I have been using mine these past few wekks and find they are excellent.
  • T. Sarah
  •  the 28/02/2018
  • 5/5
Excellent product at an amazing price
  • C. Cheryl
  •  the 25/02/2018
  • 5/5
My daughter was delighted with these paints, exactly what she wanted and at an excellent price.
  • G. Mark
  •  the 16/02/2018
  • 5/5
Great colours for beginners set but will probably have no need for this amount of different colours , great price
  • W. Dorothy
  •  the 14/02/2018
  • 5/5
Excellent. I bought one set for myself and another for a friend. Highly recommended.
  • W. Thomas
  •  the 14/02/2018
  • 5/5
Good quality ,third time of buying this product,first from internet fast service.
  • C. Steven
  •  the 06/02/2018
  • 5/5
Great product & Price, shame about the plastic box.
  • T. Michelle
  •  the 03/02/2018
  • 5/5
Excellent
  • W. Christine
  •  the 03/02/2018
  • 5/5
Exactly what I expected
  • R. Derek
  •  the 02/02/2018
  • 5/5
Superb value for money. Some of the main colours are duplicated which is great. Good, strong box with divisions for mixing colours. Cotman watercolours rightfully enjoy a good reputation.
  • F. Samuel
  •  the 01/02/2018
  • 4/5
Plenty of colour in a nice case
  • T. Joanne
  •  the 31/01/2018
  • 5/5
Very pleased, good price
  • B. Colleen M
  •  the 30/01/2018
  • 5/5
Great value, I'm very pleased on my bargain and could hardly wait to try them . thank you!
  • D. Margaret
  •  the 30/01/2018
  • 5/5
A great product for a very reasonable cost. Very happy with my purchase.
  • G. Haf
  •  the 30/01/2018
  • 5/5
A brilliant upgrade to my Coteman 12 pan palette.
  • G. Gugum
  •  the 27/01/2018
  • 4/5
good product
  • L. Michael
  •  the 27/01/2018
  • 4/5
Cannot comment as not recieved aafter 10 days Their paints have been good previously so rated on previous purchases
  • W. Dorothy
  •  the 27/01/2018
  • 5/5
Great product. The lady I ordered it for is highly delighted. Great price too.
  • H. Nazmin
  •  the 26/01/2018
  • 5/5
This is an amazing watercolour set, I use this for all my paintings.
  • T. Christine
  •  the 24/01/2018
  • 5/5
Very pleased with this product.
  • R. Debbie
  •  the 18/01/2018
  • 5/5
Not used yet but looks excellent.
  • C. Emma
  •  the 18/01/2018
  • 5/5
Excellent quality was like Christmas Day, and you won’t beat this price
  • G. Jeanette
  •  the 17/01/2018
  • 5/5
Good quality product
  • F. Catherine
  •  the 16/01/2018
  • 5/5
Great product
  • T. Trish
  •  the 16/01/2018
  • 5/5
very good
  • G. Joan
  •  the 16/01/2018
  • 5/5
Very good and easy to use
  • Y. Cathleen
  •  the 16/01/2018
  • 5/5
Excellent product! Great price.
  • S. Gerard
  •  the 28/12/2017
  • 4/5
Not tried the paints yet but they look good.
  • H. Maureen
  •  the 26/12/2017
  • 5/5
Very good
  • M. Michi
  •  the 22/12/2017
  • 4/5
Nice to have wide range of colours.
  • G. Sasha
  •  the 15/12/2017
  • 5/5
Quick delivery and I'm very happy with the product
  • A. Elaine
  •  the 12/12/2017
  • 4/5
The item is for a gift. The only reason I haven't given it five stars is because it is a lot smaller looking than I expected. I should have read the dimensions. Also, I will need to see what my daughter thinks of it on Christmas day. The little individually wrapped watercolours are very cute though, and I've been told by an artist that they will last a long time.
  • W. Jim
  •  the 08/12/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent quality although opening the set proved a bit of a brain teaser!
  • M. Ana
  •  the 06/12/2017
  • 5/5
Amazing.
  • W. Eileen
  •  the 06/12/2017
  • 5/5
excellent
  • C. Steve
  •  the 06/12/2017
  • 5/5
Good
  • S. Albert
  •  the 30/11/2017
  • 5/5
I;ve used this product previously and found it to be good quality.
  • B. Janet
  •  the 30/11/2017
  • 5/5
Bought as a gift for my daughter. She is very pleased with the quality and colours.
  • W. Judith
  •  the 29/11/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent.
  • O. Patrick
  •  the 18/11/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent product at a very good price. The paints look good in a well designed box
  • H. Nain
  •  the 17/11/2017
  • 5/5
Lovely paints
  • S. Graeme
  •  the 16/11/2017
  • 4/5
Disappointed that one of the half pan colours listed isn't actually in the box (Hookers Green Light).
  • R. Fairley
  •  the 16/11/2017
  • 4/5
Good value
  • P. Sindy
  •  the 10/11/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent and very good value
  • G. Jacqueline
  •  the 31/10/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent
  • H. Marcia
  •  the 26/10/2017
  • 4/5
Great range of colours.
  • 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
Good
  • 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
Excellent
  • E. Sylvia
  •  the 27/01/2017
  • 5/5
Five star
  • S. Mel
  •  the 21/01/2017
  • 5/5
Excellent range of colours,
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