It should not have taken me more than a month to give my new QOR High Chroma watercolors a test drive. My forty-seventh birthday was mid last month and I was spoiled with cool art supplies (hey, what are you gonna give the rabid artist in your life?). I’ve been so lazy busy lately that it’s taken me this amount of time to get to swatching the colors and seeing what they’ll do on paper. But I finally got a wiggle on this week and worked on my long, long, LONG painterly to-do list.
The QOR High Chroma six tube set includes Cobalt Teal, Green Gold, Quin Gold, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Quin Magenta, and Dioxazine Purple. I found them wonderfully bright, clear and highly pigmented, just maybe not as pigmented as QOR implies. I’d say they are on par with Daniel Smith and Schmincke. If they are more pigmented than other premium brands I didn’t particularly notice. I found they sunk into the paper a little faster than I was used to so it felt like they were more difficult to move around but I’m sure that’s just a learning curve with the new binder they use in them. I had a learning curve with every upgrade in paint I ever tried so it would be nothing new to need a bit of practice with QOR to get the best out of them.
I will definitely be using each color until it’s gone and since everything but the green gold was already in my palette in another brand, when I refill a half pan I’ll be able to try that color out in it’s entirety. I’m not specifically brand loyal, as long as a paint is professional quality and tends to be transparent I’m on board to using it. If I like any QOR color more than another brand I’d certainly switch. I can see myself particularly switching to the transparent pyrrole orange which was really wonderful, I love that color.
I’ll be connecting to Paint Party Friday so why don’t you come on over and check out the other art. I’d love to hear anyone’s opinion in the comments section on the QOR watercolors and have they switched over as they got stuck into them?