Arteza Watercolor Review

Hello everyone! Today I’m reviewing some tube watercolors that were sent to me by Arteza. All opinions and thoughts are my own and I was not paid to do this review however I have been given an affiliate link for you to shop from. You can find my review video down below to see how these watercolors worked out in my Bible journaling.

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I was sent the 24 count tube watercolors and I do think that this is a good color variety. The colors are very vibrant and do have some granulation in the darker colors (which is something I prefer in watercolors since I love texture). These did have a little bit of a chalky finish when dry on watercolor paper but not when I used them in my Bible.

The only major con that I found with these tube watercolors was that they had significant cracking when they dried in a pallet. I had watched several reviews on YouTube and so I knew this would be an issue and so I tried mixing some honey into the paints to help lessen the cracking. There was still cracking, even with the honey, but the paints stayed in the wells better than if I hadn’t added the honey.

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I decided to take the time and create a color mixing chart to show just how many color combinations can be created with this 24 count set. These colors are very bright and vibrant when used full strength but as you can see in the chart, you can get some beautiful earthy colors by mixing two colors together.

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To test these out in my Bible I decided to paint a multicolored galaxy. Galaxy paintings are a great way to test watercolors because they involve several colors and you can see how the paints blend and layer. I was impressed with how the paints performed in my Bible but I did find that the pigments were a little heavy so they didn’t move around a whole lot on the damp paper. This is a pro if you are new to watercolors and want more control but I love how watercolors move on their own which is something that these paints didn’t do a lot of.

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The biggest test for using watercolors in my journaling Bible is whether or not they bleed through the thin Bible paper. These paints did have some shadowing (which I see with most paints) but did not bleed through. In the video you can see that I add a lot of water and multiple layers of paint but nothing bled through!

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Overall I’d say that these paints are a great option if you are looking for a budget friendly watercolor paint to use for your Bible journaling. I prefer to have the paints in a pallet but you could also just squeeze some out on a plate to use as you create that way you don’t have to mess with creating a pallet.

If you try these out, let me know what you think! Be sure to watch the review video below to see how this page came together and you can grab these paints as well as other art products through the affiliate link below.

PRODUCTS (affiliate links)

Arteza 24 Count Tube Watercolors
Arteza 24 Count Tube Watercolors
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Arteza Water Brush Pens 6 count
Arteza Water Brush Pens 6 count
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Canson Watercolor Paper 9x12
Canson Watercolor Paper 9×12
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Crossway ESV Journaling Bible - Leaves Design
Crossway ESV Journaling Bible – Leaves Design
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Gum Arabic
Gum Arabic
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Liquid Glycerin
Liquid Glycerin
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PRO ART Large Folding Palette Box
PRO ART Large Folding Palette Box
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Uniball Signo Pens
Uniball Signo Pens
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Watercolor Half Pans
Watercolor Half Pans
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AMZ

 

Until next time!

Lindsey

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