I am a beginner but I still know the importance of using the highest quality you can afford! You get better results, which is a huge confidence builder. I knew to trust the Winsor & Newton brand, even in these Cotman student quality paints are superb. I have a set of the tubes, but the pans called me because-let's face it...they are easy..just pop it open and go. I bought these more for the ease of traveling to class, or out on the boat. I also wanted full pans -so I could use a larger brush. This set is perfect. It has a nice range of colors - just wish they'd do away with the white and maybe the black in these sets-kind of a waste. My only complaint, a minor one, is that there was no reference chart provided with the set, but that also means you can arrange your pans according to your liking. I ended up making my own, by saving the labels from the individually wrapped pans and taping it on a sheet of paper in the order that I arranged my set. I am totally pleased with this set and Overstock shipped it quickly too!
This is a great set for the beginner watercolor painter. The brushes are good quality. They don't shed like some brushes I've used. They also keep their shape for detailed strokes. The paints seem decent as well, although I'm not a professional painter, they worked well for me. The set also comes with a sketch pencil, watercolor paper, and eraser, although I haven't used those items yet. Bottom line, you get everything you need to start watercolor painting with this set. I recommend this set.
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