Choosing Keeping Retro Watercolour Set, 1940's


Choosing Keeping presents seven exclusive, special editions of 8 shades of Gansai. This Japanese alternative to standard European watercolours is not dissimilar to gouache and is made by a 100 year old paint maker in Japan. The paints can be used directly out of the box with a wet paintbrush - either thinly in translucent washes, or by layering for a bolder effect. These can also be used on darker paper bases to enhance colours further.

The 1940s - Wartime rages on in this set, beginning with a punchy blood red amongst luscious jewel tones. Decadent emerald greens together with burnt yellow and tangerine recall Picasso’s paintings of seated women. Vivid blues and a rich purple represent the patriotic sentiments of life on the home front. These colours are symbolic of a tumultuous decade full of revolution: the wartime inventions, the end of Modernism, the bold motifs of wartime advertising, Hollywood studio pictures and film noir, the Dior New Look. 

Included is a blank letterpress swatch card featuring each individual colour name to be painted in for colour referencing. This can come in handy as appearances can be deceiving and each colour is only revealed once wet and set to paper!

We recommend the Aquarella (white) and Aquarello (off-white) for the perfect paper pairing.

Material: Gansai watercolour
Included: 8 colours in chiyogami paper presentation box including a blank letterpress swatch card which can be painted in for colour reference. 
Vegetarian/ Vegan: No (contains gelatine glue binder)
Made in Japan
Swatches and illustrations courtesy of Maria Ines Gul

Colour Breakdown:

213 - Komugi-iroWheat
220 - Ruri-iroLapis lazuli blue 
54 - AaraishuWashed vermillon 
139 - HonaiTrue indigo
9 - YoukouCarmine
35 - SeidouThis deep green usually translates to mean ‘bronze’ but also shares its name with ‘shrine’; picture the aged bronze statues of a Japanese temple. 
41 - BotanPeony
51 - KomidoriDeep green