Rosa Gallery Watercolor Review, Lightfast Test, 21, 28 Metal Tin Set. Individual Full Pans, 10ml Tubes, Full Range Color Chart.

Rosa Gallery is a brand of professional watercolor paints made in the Ukraine. These colors are incredibly vibrant, finely ground, have a high pigment load, re-wet easily and many of the colors have very little wet to dry shift. They come in tubes, individual pans or sets. The pans are sized at 2.5ml "full" pans (which run slightly smaller than other brands that average 3ml). They are so affordable that it's not a problem that they do not offer 1.5ml "half" pan sizes so common in professional watercolors. This high pigment load, pan size and low price is most similar to White Nights (who they shared a factory with before the company separated).

 

The company claims that their paints are made from pigment and gum arabic. The package implies that the binder portion of the paints is 100% gum arabic, though I am not totally convinced there is not also some level of chemical anti-microbial to keep them from getting moldy, as well as the small possibility of ox gall for flow. I'd like to believe that they do not contain additives, I've just never seen another brand behave quite the same way. Some of the unique salt reactions and flow characteristics of these paints is definitely due to their finely ground pigments.

 

 

There were several colors that disperse wildly when they hit wet paper. This type of dramatic flow is often only seen in paints like Qor that use Aquazol a vegan flow additive, or paints that use ox-gall an animal based cholesterol flow additive in brands like Winsor & Newton or Schmincke. With that said, I do believe there is a possibility these do NOT have any additives and that this flow is due to their uniquely tiny pigment particle size having an easy time floating across water.

 

An indicator that backs up this "small particle size theory" is the dramatic salt reaction in colors like ultramarine blue, cadmium yellow and zinc white (see swatches below). These particular pigments do NOT usually react to salt in other brands (often due to the purposefully thicker particle size typically made to promote granulation or opacity). This is quite the selling point for Rosa Gallery. Super finely ground pigments make for a better painting experience overall. They will flow off your brush and over your paper better with smooth color laydown and transparency. Colors are sometimes a different hue when a pigment is ground down to a fine powder before mixing it with binder, compared to chunkier particles such as those used in gouache.

 

   

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The 28 pan set doesn't offer enough unique or single pigment additions compared to the 21 set I originally bought. If I had been able to purchase individual colors at the time I would have bought more single pigment pans to build my own custom palette. There were a few complex mixtures included with the pan sets that I did not need. I later collected over a dozen new colors individually, and plan to buy more when their new colors come out later in 2020. Swatch cards:

 

PY35 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Cadmium Lemon Handprint Art Pigment Swatch Color Chart PY35 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Cadmium Yellow Light Handprint Art Pigment Swatch Color Chart PY35 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Cadmium Yellow Medium Swatch Card Color Chart PO20 PY35 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Cadmium Yellow Deep Handprint Pigment Swatch Color Chart PY151 PY42 PR264 Rosa Gallery Quin Gold Watercolor Paint Pigment Database Handprint Color Chart PY110 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Golden Yellow Handprint Art Pigment Swatch Color Chart PO20 PY35 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Cadmium Orange Handprint Art Pigment Swatch Color Chart PO73 Rosa Gallery Flame Red Watercolor Paint Pigment Database Handprint Color Chart PO20 PR108 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Cadmium Red Light Handprint Pigment Swatch Color Chart PR108 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Cadmium Red Medium Handprint Art Pigment Swatch Color Chart PR170:1 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Carmine Handprint Art Pigment Swatch Color Chart PR177 PR264 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Madder Red Handprint Art Pigment Swatch Color Chart PR122 Fluorescent Dye BV10 Rhodamine Rosa Gallery Opera Rose Watercolor Paint rosa gallery magenta rose pr122 pigment database watercolor review color chart rosa gallery watercolor quin lilac pv19 swatch card color chart ukraine art supply PV23 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Violet Dioxazine Purple Handprint Art Pigment Swatch Color Chart PB60 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Blue Indantrene Indanthrone Indanthrene Pigment Database PB15 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Blue Phthalo Pigment Database PB15:3 Rosa Gallery Bright Blue Watercolor Paint Pigment Database Handprint Color Chart PB29 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Blue Ultramarine Blue Pigment Database Color Chart Swatch Card PB28 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Blue Cobalt Blue Pigment Database Color Chart Swatch Card PB29 PV3 PW6 Rosa Gallery Lavender Watercolor Paint Pigment Database Handprint Color Chart PB29 PW6 PW4 Rosa Gallery Royal Blue Watercolor Paint Pigment Database Handprint Color Chart PB15:3 PG7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Turquoise Pigment Database Color Chart Swatch Card PB28 Rosa Gallery Cobalt Turquoise Blue Watercolor Paint Pigment Database Handprint Color Chart PG7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Emerald Green Pigment Database Color Chart Swatch Card PY151 PG7 Rosa Gallery Bright Green Watercolor Paint Pigment Database Handprint Color Chart PY110 PG7 PBk6 Rosa Gallery Sap Green Watercolor Paint Pigment Database Handprint Color Chart PG17 Rosa Gallery Chromium Oxide Watercolor Paint Pigment Database Handprint Color Chart PG8 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Green Phthalo Aquarelle Pigment Database Color Chart Swatch Card PG17 PY1 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Olive Green Pigment Database Color Chart Swatch Card PR101 PW6 Rosa Gallery Naples Rose Watercolor Paint Pigment Database Handprint Color Chart PY43 PY42 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Yellow Ochre Art of Pigment Handprint Database Color Chart Swatch Card PY42 PBr7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Raw Sienna Handprint Pigment Database Color Chart Swatch Card PR101 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Burnt Sienna Transparent Red Iron Oxide Pigment PR101 Rosa Gallery Watercolor English Red Iron Oxide Indian Handprint Pigment Swatch Color Chart PBr7 Rosa Gallery Burnt Umber Watercolor Paint Pigment Database Handprint Color Chart PY42 PR101 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Mars Brown handprint database color chart Pigment PBr7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Umber Handprint Database Transparent Red Iron Oxide Pigment PBr7 PR177 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Sepia Transparent handprint color chart Pigment PB15:1 PV19 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Indigo Art of Pigment Tube Full Pan Color Chart PB15:1 PV19 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Payne's Gray Watercolor Database Peynes PB19 Pigment PB15:1 PR177 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Neutral Black Watercolor Art Pigment Database Tube Pan Color Chart PW4 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Zinc White Aquarelle Watercolour Ukraine Pigment Color

 

Color notes: the Magenta Rose is a spectacular example of PR122. This version is similar in hue to Schmincke's Purple Magenta, but Rosa's is capable of a deeper masstone with less wet to dry shift. It is currently my favorite version in any brand, and if I were making a multi-brand master palette this would be one of my primary mixing colors.

 

Issues with this line include no transparent (non-cadmium) lemon yellow options, though they have recently added the deeper, more powerful mixing yellow PY150 as "Aureoline" (Aureolin Hue). While I love Nickel Azo Yellow and it's mixing potential regarding botanical greens, there is definitely room for a cooler bright yellow in this line. They do not currently offer any single pigment black, only offering PBk7 within mixtures. I'd rather have the PBk7 to mix my own Indigo, Paynes Grey, Mars Brown, Sepia and Neutral Black myself. There are a decent amount of convenience mixtures, which some may prefer to avoid in preference of their single pigment selection.

 

There is the potential of fading in some colors due to ingredient PR177. This red pigment is prone to becoming lighter over time in tints. It is often more stable in masstone, rather than when diluted. This may eventually cause minor fading in colors like Sepia, Neutral Black and Madder Red. I am currently running a lightfast test. I found an error on the color chart (but not the pan wrapper) - Payne's Grey was mis-spelled as "Peyne's". The chart and the wrapper both say PB19 as a pigment, which as far as I can tell does not exist. This is far more likely to be PV19, as this color is just a slightly darker (more PBk7) version of their Indigo (made of PV19, PBk7 and PB15:1). Otherwise their charts seem accurate.

 

Where to buy? USA: Try Etsy! Spain? Try Artmiranda! I was able to purchase my Rosa Gallery pan sets on Amazon USA, but also found individual pans on Etsy from a seller called Omnia Pro. Where to buy in the future will depend on which individual sellers happen to be offering them after importing them from Ukraine. No major store with easy global shipping currently carries them. If the Amazon link is inactive/now broken, you may want to check the manufacturer's website for more information. As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. For anyone living closer to the Ukraine, check Rosa's website for info or alternate vendors at https://rosagroup.com.ua/

 

 

2020 color chart - the "NEW" colors are in production (I was told late fall release) so it may be a little while until stores stock them. I have highlighted all single pigment options from this company in yellow in the color chart below:

 Rosa Gallery watercolor color chart single pigment paint new white nights style art database

 

The swatch cards on this page can also be compared side by side with the same colors from other brands. Check out the pigment database to see the colors organized by pigment ingredient.