35 Colours Japanese Watercolour set
Enjoy 35 shades of Gansai in your art practice, the Japanese alter-ego to European watercolours - also similar to gouaches. These high quality paints, made in Japan by a 100 year old paint maker, 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.
This selection of 35 colours includes metallic shades of gold and copper. Presented in a gold Japanese fabric-bound presentation box.
Material: Gansai watercolour
Included: 35 colours in presentation box
Vegetarian/ Vegan: No (contains gelatine glue binder)
1 - Enji - Shortened from enjimushi which is the Japanese name for the insect from which the deep red dye carmine is derived. A synthetic alternative is used today.
29 - Koubai - Japanese Apricot - also known as Japanese plum, this colour is named after much beloved subject matter for painting and poetry in East Asia.
116 - Kurenai - Crimson
155 - Joushu - Upper vermillion
43 - Sango-iro - Coral
13 - Yamabuki - Named after the Japanese yellow rose which blooms from April to May.
3 - Senkouki - Fresh bright yellow
61 - Touou - Often translated to gamboge, a pigment made from tapping resin, this Japanese equivalent was once made from yellow grass flowers of the same name and first appears in texts referenced since the Nara period 710 - 794AD
36 - kin-oudoiro - Golden ochre
2 - Oudo - Ochre; perhaps the oldest pigment, found globally in prehistoric cave paintings - synthetic alternatives to the natural pigment are more frequently used today, as in this instance.
30 - kurikawa-cha - Chestnut leather (or skin!) tea
10 - Taisha - Taishan Red; this could also be translated as ‘old Chinese mountain red’
50 - Ochiba-cha - Fallen leaves tea
26 - ugoisucha-midori - Olive brown or nightingale tea green? The Japanese are good competition for the Brits when it comes to their love of tea, apparent in their colour naming!
24 - Kodai-Rokusho - Ancient verdigris - green is traditionally associated in Japan with matcha tea and the ever important tea ceremony.
28 - Seiji - This colour refers to celadon which is pottery characterised by its jade green glaze, and has also been known as secret colour due to the mystery of its beauty…
127 - aokusa - Grass green
32 - kikusa - This literally translates to ‘yellow grass’ despite being very much green.
20 - Wakaba - Fresh leaves
49 - Shiro-Midori - White green
6 - Rokusho - Green rust - this colour was traditionally made from a malachite pigment and was used for ancient buildings and sculptures in East Asia.
44 - Gunroku - Mixed green - traditionally this pigment is made of a mixture of azurite and malachite.
5 - Hana-haku-midori - Light green flower
7 - Gunjou - Ultramarine - in translation this colour means across the sea, referring to the rare lapis that was used to make the pigment. Gunjou however refers to the pigment made from crushed azurite, not lapis.
21 - Byakugun - Light blue; in Japanese this colour traditionally describes the pigment made from crushed azurite.
17 - Asagi - A blue green that shares its name with an ancient breed of Koi which is characterised by striking blue scales.
47 - Hatoba - Usually translated to mean blue-black in the context of colour, but literally translating to ‘pigeon wing’, this bold pink references the lighter parts of pigeon feathers.
18 - Murasaki - Purple
139 - Honai - True indigo
23 - Gin-nezu - Light grey; literally ‘silver mouse’
11 - Kuro - Black
12 - Gofun - White; this refers to the traditional white pigment made from crushed shells.
58 - Seikin - Blue-gold
59 - Akagane - Copper or, more literally, red-gold
60 - Gin - silver