At the Manchester Urban Sketchers symposium last year we got a bag full of exciting supplies. Some I used straight away but some have been left untouched. This is a watercolour pad and 3 White Nights full pans from Nevskay Palitra. The colours are yellow ochre, cadmium red light and ultramarine.
The paper is very odd, with a tiny mottled texture and a plasticity feel. It gives the impression that the paint will just flow over the surface and off the side without ever soaking in – I think that’s why I’ve not used it until now!
The paint did soak in of course :) but it did flow around quite a bit first – something to get used to – and the paints are very saturated – as you can see in the photos the pans are glued to the pad and I didn’t have anything to mix colours in to hand so all mixing was done on the paper and there were some shockingly strong and dark patches while I got used to the intensity. I like the set up of having the pans attached to the pad – very portable and easy to use standing up or on the move.