Shinhan Professional Watercolor Review Lightfast Test PWC SWC PASS and KOREAN COLOR paint
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.
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.
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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.
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.pigment database page. You can view each swatch card next to another brand's same color.