Thursday, June 21, 2018

Sennelier L'Aquarelle Artists' Watercolors Test Pack Review

Sennelier L'Aquarelle Artists' Watercolors Test Pack Review

What is Sennelier L'Aquarelle Artists' Watercolors Test Pack?

If you have done research on watercolor paints, you will be familiar with Sennelier.  Sennelier is very popular in European Countries.  A lot of watercolorists love Sennelier because of their Glazing and Layering Abilities.

This Test Pack is like a "Sample Kit", it comes with 5 tubes (10ml each).   And it is $12.89 (you can order from Jerry's Artarama website) 
Colors are:
Lemon Yellow (501) (Pigment PY3)
Bright Red (619) (Pigment Not Listed)
Ultramarine Deep (315) (Pigment PB29)
Chinese Orange (645) (Pigment PY150, PR 209 and PBr23)
Payne's Gray (703) (PV19, PB15:1 and PBk7)

Sennellier Watercolor Test Pack Review

Here is the Color Chart and Color Wheel I made:
Sennellier Watercolor Test Pack Color Swatch

Sennellier Watercolor Test Pack Colorwheel

 Here is what I thought about Sennelier Watercolor Test Pack:

I have never tried tubes before, I only have experience with Liquid Watercolor (Dr Ph Martin's Hydrus Watercolor).  I am really impressed with this set.  When I mixed the color with water, it mixed very smooth, the color and water just melt together.  I don't know how to explain!  lol  And the pigments are very strong.  A little goes a long way. 

Here is the painting I used all the colors from the set

Watercolor Banana Painting with Sennellier Watercolor Tester Pack
The banana image is from Yuko Nagayama's book "You Can Paint Vibrant Watercolors in Twelve Easy Lessons".  I followed her instructions.  I think it turns quite nice!!  It is my first time to paint Fruit.  I will do a book review next week.  Her book is very good!  Great info and I do learn a lot from her.  I highly recommend her book.

Yuko Nagayama

Anyway, I used all 5 colors to paint this banana.  In the book, she used Holbein and she used 7 colors.  I just mixed my colors to match hers.  The paints are dream to work with.  When I mixed mistake, I have time to correct it, and it doesn't stain too bad like my Dr Ph Martin's Hyrdus. 

The paints rewet easily, just a drop of water and it comes back life!!  lol  I think it is because they have HONEY in the paints.  Also, it is great for Glazing and Layering.  I understand why I hear a lot of good reviews.

Besides the Test Pack, Sennelier has different Tube Sets and Pan Sets.
Tube Sets: 8 Tubes Travel Set (which is super cute), 12 Tubes Set and 96 Tubes Set.
Pan Sets: Mini Set, Metal Case Sets and Travel Sets.
If you like Billy Showell's artwork, you may be interested in Sennellier Billy Showell Palatte.  Her palette is beautiful!!


In conclusion, I highly recommended this Sennelier L'Aquarelle Artists' Watercolors Test Pack.  It is less than $13, and you get 5 tubes, it is less than $3 per tube.  You can't beat the price.  I personally didn't want to invest a huge chunk of money in a palette before I tried them out.  So I am so glad that Sennellier offers Test Pack at such a low price.  Daniel Smith and M Graham also offer Introductory Kits like that, but their prices are a lot more expensive and the tubes are smaller sizes. 

Leave me a comment if you have experience with Sennellier, I would love to know more about it.

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