In a new black tin are the following 13 handmade watercolor paints, all single-pigment mineral colors lovingly made in my home studio of burlington, vermont. Raw umber greenish from germany. All pigments are mixed into watercolors using my personal binder of gum arabic (made with the sap of the acacia tree), vegetable glycerin (derived from plant oils), organic honey, and a few drops of essential oil of southern italian bergamot. Each batch of paint i make is quite small and the amount in each pan may vary slightly according to the degree to which each pigment shrinks.With certain colors, cracks and some tackiness, as well as dimples, are normal and do not affect the quality of the paint. You will surely notice that the colors are so highly pigmented that a tiny amount goes a very long way and i hope these colors will give you many hours of creative pleasure. In between painting sessions i recommend letting your watercolors air dry thoroughly before closing the palette lid in order to prevent mold. Some colors tend to dry out more than others, especially natural earths; if the cake of color should slip out of its container, you could just put it back in and keep using it or do the following: put a few drop of water inside the empty container; replace the cake of paint inside it loosely; wait a few minutes for the paint to soften a bit and then push the cake of paint firmly inside its container. If you use your colors regularly this is not likely to happen, but if the colors dry out in between painting sessions just repeat this process as necessary.
The pans are magnetized and attached to the tin. Please note that my watercolor pans are not individually wrapped: just open the tin, place a few drops of water on each color, wait a couple of minutes, and you are ready to paint.