Shinhan Professional Watercolor Review Lightfast Test PWC SWC PASS and KOREAN COLOR paint

ShinHan Art is a Korean paint company that manufactures many types of watercolor, gouache, poster paints and acrylics in tubes. This page covers their standard gum arabic based watercolor (PWC AND SWC are the same product labeled for distribution in different countries), along with the PASS hybrid-gouache paint, and the KOREAN COLOR which is a traditional paint made for rice and mulberry paper that uses gelatin and glue for the binder instead of gum arabic.

 

ShinHan SWC or PWC professional watercolor paint lightfast test results:

 

Shin Han Art SWC Tubes Watercolor Swatch Lightfast Review

 

Shinhan watercolors "SWC" version review and lightfast test. Please note that they do have other qualities of paint, this one is the artist grade professional quality type. It's easy to get confused with their "Shinhan Professional" blue box watercolors. Each tube is 15ml, the standard large size for watercolors. They are made in South Korea and are the main competitor of Mission Gold brand.

 

They average just a few dollars per tube, compared to the average of $10 to $15 per tube of most brands of professional quality watercolors. The pigment load, water dispersion, lifting, packaging and overall quality was excellent.

 

Shin Han Art Professional SWC Watercolor Swatch Chart Lightfast Review

 

Verdict: 9 fugitive colors, 23 lightfast colors. Close in comparison to the amount of lightfast paints in the Mission Gold sets. However, I prefer Mission Gold for color intensity and pigment load. If you are able to find both Shinhan and Mission Gold sets available for similar prices, the Mission Gold paints can be diluted to last longer than the Shinhan set would. Some reviews have commented that they prefer Shinhan's subtle color selection, however I would argue that all it takes is a little extra water to make your Mission Gold paints less vibrant in color.

 

Lightfast Test of Shinhan professional artist watercolor set swatch

 

 

ShinHan Korean Color Set A (24 color chart) swatch cards:

ShinHan korean color art watercolor paint animal glue gansai binder mulberry rice traditional paper

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This is their water soluble glue, instead of gum arabic, traditional Korean formula. These paints are made to be used on mulberry or rice paper, but work fine on watercolor paper. I was nervous that the type of glue binder would make these paints hard to reactivate once dry in a pan, or harder to lift once on paper, but this is not the case. They were incredibly dry-pan friendly and you can see the staining is normal based on the type of pigments used on the cards below.

PY3 Shinhan Korean Color A Yellow Light Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PY83 Shinhan Korean Color A Yellow Deep Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PBr24 Shinhan Korean Color A Yellow Ochre Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PO20 Shinhan Korean Color A Orange Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PR3 Shinhan Korean Color A Carmine 2 Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PR48:1 PR108 Shinhan Korean Color A Scarlet Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart  PR3 PR184 Shinhan Korean Color A Crimson 2 Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PR3 PR12 Shinhan Korean Color A Crimson 1 Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PV3 Shinhan Korean Color A Red Violet Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart  PV23 Shinhan Korean Color A Violet Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PB29 PB66 Shinhan Korean Color A Indigo Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PB27 Shinhan Watercolor Prussian Blue Swatch Card
PB29 Shinhan Korean Color A Ultramarine Blue Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PY3 PG7 PG19 PW18 Shinhan Korean Color A Opal Green Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PY3 PY37 PG7 Shinhan Korean Color A Green Light Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PB15:3 PY3 PG7 Shinhan Korean Color A Blue Green Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PY3 PBr7 Shinhan Korean Color A Greenish Yellow Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PG7 PG8 PY17 Shinhan Korean Color A Sap Green Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PG7 PG8 PY17 Shinhan Korean Color A Green Dark Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PY119 Shinhan Korean Color A Raw Sienna Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PR101 PO20 Shinhan Korean Color A Burnt Sienna Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart  PBr7 Shinhan Korean Color A Raw Umber Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PBr7 Shinhan Korean Color A Burnt Umber Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PBk9 Shinhan Korean Color A Black 1 Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PW18 Shinhan Korean Color A White Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart

 

You can find the Korean colors set below. 

 

They also make ShinHan PASS, a hybrid of gouache and watercolor similar to Mission White Class by Mijello.

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I purchased all of my ShinHan paints on Amazon. As an amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases. You can also find them on Jackson's website, which also offers many colors individually.

If you would like to see how ShinHan paints compare to other brands, be sure to check out the pigment database page. You can view each swatch card next to another brand's same color.