A big surprise
It felt like Christmas when a huge box full of watercolor paint tubes unexpectedly arrived at my door… Half an hour later a caterpillar of tubes containing lush watercolor paints lay on the dining table in order – screaming to be swatched and painted with.
Over a hundred
I bet you can imagine I was over the moon happy and before long my girls came drewling over the 108 tubes of yumminess too, choosing the colors they wanted to try themselves, hoping they could tubenap a few to their rooms for a bit of fun… The full Rembrandt collection is 120 colors, so only twelve were missing. In my old Rembrandt collection ten were missing and I’d been meaning to order those for review purposes anyway, so for this occasion I slaughtered my piggy bank completed the collection for a swatch and review.
The paints arrived quickly and I made a swatching video of it in 4 parts. Below you will find the videos and color charts of the full collection, so this is going to be lush and long post. You might like to get yourself a cuppa of whatever and make yourself comfy for some relaxing and exciting color therapy! This is going to be GOOD!!!
Make way to the oldies
For starters I want to share my old collection with you, because it was already a superb watercolor palette to work with and I think the brand deserves more love than it gets. I’d been meaning to do a full review for years because it’s in the top range right next to Horadam, Sennelier, Daniel Smith and Winsor & Newton Artists’
This is the color chart of my “old” collection. The colors that are striked through are no longer available (unless old stock) and those that have an “I” in them, have been improved and are made of the same pigments, but often from a different distributor and now look a bit different.
A belated surprise
The Rembrandt watercolor collection was renewed to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the brand a little while ago. This actually happened a little while back, but with me having lived under the pavement for a while and a local art store that probably carries a lot of old stock still, it went by me unnoticed. That is to say, I had noticed new shimmery colors, I had just never realized the entire collection had been renewed.
There’s always cause and effect
Finding out was a Yay! and a Darn! at the same time. Yay! because at first glance the new collection looked like a much improved version of the old one. And Darn! because this meant I wasn’t missing 10, but a whopping 54 colors and I would still not be able to swatch and review the entire Rembrandt collection. Here is a little vlog about that:
I contacted Talens about their new Rembrandt collection and enquired about the changes in their collection. They sent me this lovely brochure that shows the colors of their range and explains the changes in the collection, which came in really handy for me in this swatching and reviewing process. The brochure is available online in various languages if you’re interested.
Apparently, my disappointment didn’t go unnoticed and a few days later I was surprised (by a benefactor who wishes to remain undisclosed) with the delivery of the larger part of the new collection so that I could do the full review anyway. I expressed many thanks and sat down to make a plan. The best thanks is a thorough showing of this range, after all. But 120 colors is A LOT OF work and sure require a plan, all right!
I started with a color chart + swatch video of my old collection for comparison. The color chart is at the top of this post and this is the video:
During the recording a delivery guy brought the twelve missing colors of the new collection. So once the color chart of the old collection was ready, I finished the dot cards of the new collection. I decided to chop the video up into four equal parts of 30 colors to keep the videos of a manageable duration. Below you will find the videos and the color charts. If you click on the color charts, it will take you to the larger image files. Do give them a little time loading because they are very large files.
A word on color
A little word of caution: I have done my best to match the colors of the scanned images with the colors as they are in reality. But on their way from my computer to yours, a lot of the digital informationi gets morfed and lost due to settings on each of the technical appliances have. This means the colors will probably be different for you than they are for me. Therefore they are only an indication to help you get an impression of this collection of paints, but can hopefully be helpful in determining which colors you might like. This is also why I record the process of swatching on video – to give you extra information on the colors and the results to help you get an idea of what to expect when you decide to try a color.
Rembrandt watercolor 1 of 4: white, yellow, orange and red
Rembrandt watercolor 2 of 4: red, pink, purple and blue
Rembrandt watercolor 3 of 4: blue, green and earth tones
Rembrandt watercolor 4 of 4: brown, black and sparkle
NB: This is not a commercial or affiliate review. My review of the brand is a real and indpendent sharing of my personal experience with this paint. None of the links above generate an income for me.