Testing out METALLIC watercolors (Finetech Coliro vs. Kuretake) – golden paints review

Testing out METALLIC watercolors (Finetech Coliro vs. Kuretake) – golden paints review

hi there it’s Jane and in today’s video
I will compare and test two popular brands of metallic watercolor. The
smaller palette is made by Kuretake, it retails for about 15 euros on average
and a larger palette is made by Finetech and retails for about 25 euros on
average. I will be using a white and a black paper to swatch these sets and see
if I find any differences. By the way, both sets were sent to me by a wonderful
local art store here in Slovakia and if you are from Slovakia, I will leave a
link to the store in a description of this video, so you can find both these
sets in there and the rest of you can find these on Amazon or Jackson’s
art supplies, that’s where I usually shop internationally and I will leave all the
links in the description of this video. Maybe you noticed but both these
packages look kind of similar. I used Finetech paints for a long time
to embellish my artworks and I’ve always been really satisfied with their quality,
but they have always been on the more expensive side and when I saw Kuretake
set and their significantly cheaper price, I thought.. could it be that the
Kuretake paints delivered the same result for less money? And I was really eager to
find out. Let’s swatch the Finetech Coliro paints first. To use these colors,
first add a few drops of water into each pan and let it sit for about three
minutes, only then work the paint with your brush and create a thicker
consistency paint. You will not achieve opaque results if you start painting
right away and the same applies to the Kuretake paints. I swatched both palettes on white and
like paper to see how opaque they get and how does the color stand out on
different backgrounds. The Kuretake palette felt a bit like honey when mixed with
water, which doesn’t bother me, but the Finetech still have a better flow. When I
finished my swatches and compared them, I was surprised how well the Kuretake
paints did, they were very similar in color and opacity and even drying time, I
was a bit disappointed with myself that I didn’t research this earlier because I
could have saved a lot of money using this palette from the start, but upon
taking a closer look I did discover one difference. When I painted each dot, there
were tiny bubbles on top of the wet paint – don’t worry about them, they will
go away as the paint dries and with Finetech palette they really went away and
dry paint was seamless. Unlike Kuretake paints, upon taking a
closer look there were still tiny eruptions on top of the dry paint, so
tiny that even my camera didn’t pick it up. They were only visible on a black
surface and not on white so with Kuretake cheaper paints the final dry paint
might have a bit of a weird and uneven texture, when you use them to cover a
larger area using different than white surface and Finetech paints were
seamless on both white and black. I mostly use my paints to add shiny
details and embellish my original paintings and prints, if you are a
calligrapher or use metallics for a different purpose then what I do, you
might want to look into some other reviews that test these paints with
other tools than brushes, but if you are a painter or an illustrator, this next part
might help you decide which ones to invest in. I chose three different
motives to embellish with both Finetech and Kuretake paints, this is what I
usually do with some of my prints and I really wanted to see if there is any
difference in result. My prints are important for me, I always only make
twenty-five signed and numbered prints that I hand embellished with metallic
watercolors and ship to my customers. I use my own printer and a special
matte archival paper that imitates watercolor paper and has a grainy
texture. I chose this paper especially because metallic paints sometimes don’t
adhere to glossy papers and before I owned the printer,
I had big troubles getting the paint to stick. I will leave the name of this
print paper in the description of the video, I hope that it will help some of
you if you are researching a print paper you can check it out and so lastly if
you are trying to embellish your prints just make sure that you test your
printing paper first to see if the paint sticks properly. As you can see, there is
barely any difference in the final result in the first print the paint
sticks to the surface properly and even dries in about the same amount of time.
So let’s see how it will do in the second illustration which is my koi fish.
This second illustration requires a lot of curved lines to be embellished and
luckily no large areas of metallic paint. I didn’t notice any difference between
these two palettes here at all and those large Kuretake pans are a bit more
comfortable for this particular type of watercolor brush. And if you do like any
of these prints, I recently made them available in my online shop with
international shipping as well as some of the original paintings. Last print I chose to embellish was my
Mia painting, the embellishments are a bit different than on previous two,
metallic circles I wanna paint are larger and I was wondering if there will
be visible differences that I observed during swatching and even though they
were very tiny, I did notice a bit of a difference, especially on the larger dots.
Final result was less seamless with Kuretake paints and more flawless with
Finetech. My conclusion is that both these palettes can in many ways compete
with each other, the color selection is almost the same they can achieve
identical results in color vibrancy and opacity, they are both very easy to use
and dry in about the same amount of time. There is a price difference with Finetech
Coliro palette you’re going to pay about 10 euros more than for Kuretake paints,
what you get for the price difference is apparently higher quality paints that
always create seamless and smooth results. I also read that Finetech
paints are lightfast and this information wasn’t provided with Kuretake
paints. My personal opinion is that if your budget allows you to invest 15
euros, buy the Kuretake paints and don’t worry about it. I do sell my artworks and
care a lot for the quality and therefore I do have a budget for higher quality
supplies and I will save the Kuretake palette for sketchbook works and
explorations and will continue using Finetech as my number one choice for
originals and print embellishments. I’d also like to ask you, if you ever
have tried any of these palettes and if you have – let us know your experience in
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One Comment

  • Kimberly Crick Art says:

    Thanks for sharing your experience with these. After testing out both brands, I found that the Finetec/Coliro "arabic gold" is the most sparkly/reflective of the gold colors. Because I rarely use the alternate colors like bronze and silver, I prefer to buy just that one pan of arabic gold. They sell them individually at places like Jackson's (UK) or Dick Blick (USA) in case any one else is looking for less of a variety and just the perfect gold for embellishing prints. After testing both paints in the sun I can tell you that it's true, the Kuretake ones do fade and the Coliro/Finetec are lightfast.

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