Kremer Pigments Watercolor Review and Lightfast Testing
Kremer Pigments is a pigment manufacturer located in Germany that also has an American branch in New York. They specialize in supplying dry pigments sourced from around the world, including rare minerals, to large paint making companies (like Daniel Smith). They also offer smaller batch options to small businesses (like handmade watercolor sellers on Etsy) as well as individual paint makers. Their website has a selection of ready made watercolors, shellac inks, acrylic, brushes, binders and mediums.
Their paints are expensive and sometimes sloppy in their pouring/bubbles/drips. However, the quality of the paint is spectacular. My only complaint in performance has been surrounding particularly difficult pigments, which would suffer re-wettability issues in any brand (Rare green earths or YinMin Blue). They offer everything from rare pigments (PB71 Zirconuim Cerulean Blue), odd minerals (even things like Pyrite / Fool's Gold), to strong examples of granulating pigments (Cobalts/Cadmiums), a huge variety of earth browns from many continents, to common pigments (Phthalo Blue, Dioxazine Violet) etc.
There are also mica-based pigment powders or watercolor paints available. These are shiny metallic colors made by coating PW20 (a reflective transparent to white sheet silicate) with secondary pigments. Their golds rival the sparkle of Coliro / Finetec and each metallic color I've tested from Kremer has also been lightfast.
They do offer some fugitive pigments and do not have clear lightfast ratings or even pigment codes for some of their items.
Their USA website is: https://shop.kremerpigments.com/us/
You can find their ready-made watercolors at https://shop.kremerpigments.com/us/shop/ready-made-colors/kremer-watercolors/
(Worldwide you may want to check their original site at https://www.kremer-pigmente.com/en/ )
To see how these individual colors compare to other brands, check out the swatch card pigment database here.
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