Roman Szmal watercolor — 24 Aquarius colors Pasqualino Fracasso’s Palette

Dear friends, after a short break, we continue the series of reviews, products of ART partners of the international watercolor contest Step by Step!

Today I wish to introduce you to the brand Aquarius, Roman Szmal company.

In the second season of the competition, Roman Szmal will provide for our winners, in various nominations, more than 10 prizes.

Extra fine watercolors AQUARIUS debuted on the market on November 28, 2018, but they were known and tested by artists long before that. For many of them, even before this date, our paints became the basis of their workshop, and this is the best recommendation. Every, even the smallest batch of our paints is subjected to thorough tests in order to meet the highest requirements of our demanding customers. The labels placed on our paints are made of watercolor paper and painted with original paint. This way we provide reliable information on lightfastness, granulation, transparency and the degree of penetration into paper.

The AQUARIUS palette includes 140 shades:

117 mono pigment:

34 earth tones (all of which are made from natural, mined earth pigments, NOT synthetic iron oxides);

8 modern quinacridone colours;

Several self-stratifying paints, among which there are unique tones such as: Aquarius Green, Permanents Grey, Ocean Blue, and olive greens.

Roman Szmal: «Every pigment used in our watercolours has an excellent lightfastness (minimum rating of 7 on Blue Wool Scale), which means the colours should not fade for at least 100 years (if exposed under normal conditions of display). For this reason our products don not contain widely used non-permanent pigments, like e.g. PG8,PR83,PY1. On the other hand, they contain a few unique tones, not available anywhere else, such as PY61, PY168, PV37, PBr23 or Pbk8.»

Colours are made in small batches that allows them to be carefully checked. Every batch is tested for performance qualities: vibrancy, flowing abilities, viscosity, colour value, transparency, granulation, undertone, tinting strength, clarity and particle size. For each colour, Roman Szmal select the perfect grind to match the particle size.

Each colour is made with high-quality gum arabic and glycerin, linden honey, distilled water and pure pigments. Every pan is hand filled and labelled with watercolour paper.

Today we bring to your attention: 24 Aquarius colors Pasqualino Fracasso’s Palette

The set is packed in a cardboard box, on the box is general information, as well as numerical and graphic designations of colors that are contained in the set (detailed information on the composition of each color).

The set contains 24 colors (whole cuvettes). The color palette for this set was created by Pasqualino Fracasso. I fully appreciated the choice of the master, all the colors in their place and complement each other perfectly, (frankly, I really like sets with individual palettes, it is always interesting to keep track of which color compositions the master prefers).

Each cuvette is packed in a paper wrapper. A plastic panel with cuvettes is removed from the box, for ease of use and with a view to minimizing wear of the box itself. )))

All colors of this set, bright, saturated, perfectly interact with water. There are granulating and hiding colors, Naples Yellow Light, Aquarius Green, Mineral Violet, Shadow Violet discovered for myself, I am always quite careful about many pigment colors, but not this time, the effects that I received, thanks to unique combinations, pleased and inspired me to new experiments.

15 colors of this set are mono-pigmented, 9 colors are multi-pigmented.

The color of Aquarius Black, despite one pigmented composition, gives a very picturesque granulation. For a long time I chose black color for myself with a similar effect, the conclusion is, we take it into the palette.

For more than a year, I have been using Phthalo Blue, Cobalt Blue, Blue sky — excellent bright shades, pure transparent colors, and are very interesting in combination with Indigo from Roman Szmal.

Color Details:

201 Buff Titanium

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Opaque
  • Price series — 2
  • Pigment – PW 6:1

232 Naples Yellow Light

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Opaque
  • Price series — 2
  • Pigment – PW4 PY53 PBr24

110 Transparent Gold Ochre

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Transparent
  • Price series — 1
  • Pigment – PY43

213 Flesh Tint

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Opaque
  • Price series — 2
  • Pigment – PW4 PY42 PR264

317 Scarlet Lake

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Transparent
  • Price series — 3
  • Pigment – PR188

316 Pyrrole Orange

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Transparent
  • Price series — 3
  • Pigment – PO73

308 Nickel Azo Yellow

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Transparent
  • Price series — 3
  • Pigment –  PY150

207 Hansa Yellow Deep

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Transparent
  • Price series — 2
  • Pigment – PY65

333 Quinacridone Pink

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Transparent
  • Price series — 3
  • Pigment – PR122

120 Italian Burnt Sienna

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Opaque
  • Price series — 1
  • Pigment – PBr7

226 Blue Sky

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Opaque
  • Price series — 2
  • Pigment – PW4 PB15:1

103 Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Transparent
  • Price series — 1
  • Pigment – PB15:3

334 Mineral Violet

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Transparent
  • Price series — 3
  • Pigment – PB29 PV19

127 Cyprus Burnt Umber Light

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Transparent
  • Price series — 1
  • Pigment – PBr7

227 Lavenda

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Opaque
  • Price series — 2
  • Pigment – PW6 PB29 PV16

221 French Ultramarine

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Transparent
  • Price series — 2
  • Pigment – PB29

336 Shadow Violet

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Transparent
  • Price series — 3
  • Pigment – PG50 PB29 PV19

239 Caput Mortuum

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Transparent
  • Price series — 2
  • Pigment – PR102

408 Cobalt Teal

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Opaque
  • Price series — 4
  • Pigment – PG50

405 Cobalt Blue

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Opaque
  • Price series — 4
  • Pigment – PB28

247 Aquarius Black

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Transparent
  • Price series — 2
  • Pigment – PBk11

131 Van Dyck Brown

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Transparent
  • Price series — 1
  • Pigment – NBr8

346 Aquarius Green

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Semi Transparent
  • Price series — 3
  • Pigment – PY150 PBr25 PB29

104 Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)

  • Light fastness — +++
  • Transparency — Transparent
  • Price series — 1
  • Pigment – PG7

All colors presented have maximum light fastness.

Testing is presented on two types of paper, for comparison. The first — 100% cellulose 300 g \ m2, the second — textural, density — 450 g / m2

All colors interact perfectly with water, even coverage, saturated colors, granulation effects exceeded all expectations, 100% excellent compliance with the declared properties.

«Memory of the sea» — 30 * 40 cm

In this work I used colors for the sky: 405 Cobalt Blue, 221 French Ultramarine, 226 Blue Sky, 334 Mineral Violet, for writing dark clouds, I added Indigo from the Roman Szmal series

For sea and beach: 232 Naples Yellow Light, 213 Flesh Tint, 346 Aquarius Green, 131 Van Dyck Brown

Writing all the work took no more than 30 minutes, an unusual combination of colors + granulation effect when writing the sky, gave an interesting, unexpected result for me.

  The work is in a private collection in Ukraine.

«Night city» — 38 * 56 cm

In this work, I used the following colors: 110 Transparent Gold Ocher, 232 Naples Yellow Light, 103 Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), 405 Cobalt Blue, for writing dark clouds, I added Indigo from the Roman Szmal series

In some places Indigo gave a little sediment, which only added to the work of some nightly charm. Otherwise, the work is fully consistent with the idea, writing the work took about an hour, and it was a relaxation. It’s nice to work with paints that behave on paper in accordance with the idea of the artist.

Aquarius watercolor paints from the brand Roman Szmal is a new product on the market ART products, which had already proved themselves to be fine.

The brand is individualized by the constant search for new palettes and active interaction with artists. For two years, the company released 5 sets of Aquarius, the palettes for which were compiled by different watercolor artists from around the world.

With regard to this set, I want to mention perfectly composed palette, almost all of the colors will be used, and in the process of getting acquainted with these paints will upload works.

The quality of Roman Szmal watercolors fully meets the declared properties, Maximum light fastness and unique combinations of pigments pleased with the variety, I recall that 140 colors are presented in the Roman Szmal palette, there is definitely an opportunity to choose.

I recommend, dear friends, and invite you to share your work with Aquarius watercolors from Roman Szmal.

Thank you for attention!

Julia Kochetova

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