Japanese Seasons Watercolour Set, Summer


One of the possible byproducts of the situation we find ourselves in is a renewed heightened awareness of nature. The song of birds, the silence of the sky, the passing of the seasons have filled the emptiness of time with a welcome rekindling of earth's motherhood and all the meaning that entails, thanks Nature! With that in mind we have devised 4 palettes depicting each season, having picked out (in a way by no means prescriptive or exhaustive) some colours of leaves, trees,  flowers, and feelings proprietary to winter, spring, summer and winter. There is no overlap in terms of colours between the 4 season sets, each set includes 20 distinct colours.

Also consider Swiss painter Johannes Itten's (1888 – 1967) seasonal colour theory - four colour palettes for four types of people each under the sun of a different season - a sort of painter's Yin and Yang if you will. 

Of course there is no strict prescription for the use of this set, only a desire to give inspiration - the colours can be used in a literal way for landscape and botanicals, or more abstractly and expressively. They can also be mixed resulting in an even wider range of colours. 

Each season comes in a matching box covered in luxury silk screen printed Japanese paper. Each box is made from a different segment of the print and so the pattern may vary. 

Very useful too, a letterpress swatch card featuring each individual colour name is included 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 our Aquarella (white) and Aquarello (off-white) for the perfect paper pairing.

Material: Gansai watercolour
Included: 20 colours in chiyogami paper presentation box and including a blank letterpress swatch card which can be painted in for colour reference.
Vegetarian/ Vegan: No (contains gelatine glue binder)
Made in Japan

Colours Included:
58 - Seikin - Blue-gold
213 - Komugi-iro - Wheat 
4 - Aka-daidai - Red-orange
43 - Sango-iro - Coral 
13 - Yamabuki - Named after the Japanese yellow rose which blooms from April to May. 
66 - Paaru Midori - Pearlescent green
205 - Tanryoku - Light green
5 - Hana-haku-midori - Light green flower
21 - Byakugun - Light blue; in Japanese this colour traditionally describes the pigment made from crushed azurite.  
32 - Kikusa - This literally translates to ‘yellow grass’ despite being very much green. 
19 - Kawagane - Iron skin; when a Japanese sword is made the more flexible interior metal, shingane, is coated in far stronger metal coating - kawagane. 
30 - Kurikawa-cha - Chestnut leather, or skin, tea
217 - Kujaku-ao - Peacock blue 
51 - Komidori - Deep green
209 - Kujaku-midori - Peacock green 
116 - Kurenai - Crimson
29 - Koubai - Japanese Apricot - also known as Japanese plum, this colour is named after much a blossom which is a beloved subject matter for painting and poetry in East Asia. 
212 - Shinbashi - This is the name of a district of Tokyo where, at the end of the Meiji era, this blue colour was popular with geishas. 
46 - Sora-iro - Sky Blue 
17 - Asagi -  A blue green that shares its name with an ancient breed of Koi which is characterised by striking blue scales. 

Made in Japan