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Miya Himi Watercolor 18 and 36 Solid Paint Set Color Chart and Brush Review Video
Miya is a company from China that makes a variety of art supplies including paint brushes, watercolor, acrylic and gouache paints. Their HIMI brand name has appeared on multiple of their product lines, including the HIMI gouache that appears to also be renamed as ARRTX brand. Their paints are of a high quality that defies standards. Both the watercolors and gouache are premium quality paints that have professional performance, but do not include expensive pigments or ingredient codes. While the quality gum arabic binder and high pigment load in their watercolors is equivalent to the best paints on the market, they do not use expensive pigments like cobalts, cadmium, viridian or potters pink so you will see more staining and less granulation overall than pro grade paints. Like most paints in this bargain price category, about a third of the colors are not lightfast meaning they are ideal for sketchbooks and print reproduction.
Their synthetic brush sets are available in pointed rounds ideal for watercolor and filbert flats for gouache. They have a good capacity, point, are soft and are of good quality for a very inexpensive price. They are packaged in beautiful containers with colorful handles and bird-nest style padding with illustrations on the boxes. All of these things make their products one of my first go-to recommendations for beginners and as a gift idea for artists.
Where to buy? I get my art supplies from Amazon, this page contains affiliate links. As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. If you'd like to see how each color compares across multiple brands, check out the pigment database.