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The Horadam® Aquarell assortment

110 colors represent the HORADAM® AQUARELL range. 69 colors are formulated with one pigment only, the ideal concept for professional painting and for color mixing. Many of the new artists' pigments have been researched and tested to comply with the highest quality standard regarding stability, fineness, resolubility and lightfastness. To achieve the outstanding characteristics, like reusable paint when dried on a palette and the high control of paint flow even on soft watercolor papers we only use the best raw materials. In its coloristic appearance the total assortment is particularly harmonious, balanced and complete.

No compromise in quality -

Highest standards of artists' pigments allow highest light fastness

The lightfastness is an objective characteristic, which depends not only on the pigment itself, but also on the complete formula. Therefore Schmincke does not only use the lightfastness given by the pigment itself but makes tests of the complete formula of each shade in the fast Xenontest and / or on the roof of the Schmincke factory for a prolonged period.

To be able to test properly and classify colors strictly according to our 5-star-system attached to the "woolscale", such intensive testing is absolutely vital.

It is self-understood that no watercolor painting should be exposed to direct sunlight for a longer time due to the usually fine and thin and thereby lightsensitive color application.

Pouring watercolors in liquid state, or how the real quality is born

Another traditional quality criterion is the re-usability of the Horadam® Aquarell watercolors while using the same formulation for tubes and pans. Both properties, the reusability and the control of the paint flow can only be achieved by pouring watercolors into pans in a liquid state, which is really unique. This production process means, to fill the pans 4 times, allowing the color to dry and settle between each filling.

The first step is to fill the pan with the color and let it dry for some weeks in a drying chamber to a certain degree of residual moisture. The second, third and fourth step follows the same procedure. That means that each single pan is ready for sale only after 3 - 5 months.

See the entire line of Schmincke Horadam Watercolors