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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 (appears to also be branded as Arrtx). These bargain paints are of such a high quality that they defy typical standards and expectations. I highly recommend them for kids, students, crafters and beginners wanting to learn techniques without being hindered by poor quality supplies. They are very affordable, the trade off being that many colors would fade over time if hung on a wall (window light/uv sensitive).
Both the watercolors and gouache are premium quality paints that have professional performance (smooth, finely ground pigments, not chalky, flow well, high pigment load, easily re-wet etc.) but they do not include expensive pigments. The watercolors do not include 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 truly professional 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.
Their 36 color set in a unique rhombus diamond pattern is my favorite product from them. The paint goes down very smoothly, an ideal practice set for student painters that do not require lightfastness:
Where to buy? I get my art supplies from Amazon, this page contains affiliate links. As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. The gouache paints that included pigment codes have been swatched for the pigment database. Until they provide this information for the watercolors they can't be directly compared to the same pigment in other brands (see pigment database).
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