Many of us first experienced the joy of painting while using a watercolor pan paint set as children. These watercolor sets include bright, dry watercolor cakes resting in a plastic or metal case with room to store a round watercolor brush. The solid paints are activated by adding water. Adding a lot creates thin, light, translucent paint; adding a little water and swooshing the brush around creates more saturated tones. Easy to use and easy to clean up, they are the perfect paints for children and beginners—but they’re great for adults, too, ideal for adult coloring books, professional artist sketches, and illustrations.
1. PRANG Washable Watercolor Paint Set
It’s hard to resist this kid-friendly set with its 16 beautiful colors and compact design. The nontoxic paint is vibrant and not chalky, easy for the youngest child to use. The wax-free pigments lay down with ease and can be rewetted after they dry. There is a full range of colors, including several blues and reds, which means these popular hues won’t run out before the others. The paints are washable, but unlike other washable paints, the pigments are just as vibrant and saturated as Prang’s standard watercolors. Included in the set is a small, durable brush. The case is a sturdy white plastic that can withstand heavy handling by young hands.
2. AOJOYS Watercolors Set
AOJOYS’ watercolor set includes everything you need to begin painting immediately: 48 half pans of alluring solid watercolors, one small round watercolor brush, one water brush, a pencil, eight sheets of watercolor paper, an eraser, a sponge, a palette/mixing tray, and even a tube of white watercolor paint, all in a convenient, portable case whose sturdy design withstands heavy use. The high-quality paints are formulated from premium pigments and blend well to create the perfect hue. The pigments are lightfast and won’t change or fade over time. Most colors are intense, but a few are chalky and matte. The paint is safe and nontoxic: young beginning students can use this with confidence.
3. Crayola Washable Watercolors
Teachers reach for Crayola’s beautiful, high-performing watercolor sets because they are easy to use and affordable. This multipack gives you 12 sets of eight classic colors: red, yellow, blue, orange, violet, brown, green, and black. Each set comes with a small brush with durable nylon bristles, great for young students and beginners. The plastic case is sturdy to withstand heavy kid use. Safe and nontoxic, the washable paints are easy to set up and easy for students of all ages to use. clothing.
4. Smart Color Art Watercolor Set
Smart Color Art’s watercolor set isn’t too little or too much: it’s just right. Its intense solid watercolor paints come in 36 saturated colors made from high-quality pigments. The color is rich, strong, and easy to activate. This set includes one round brush plus a set of three additional brushes. The streamlined but sturdy plastic case protects the paint; when in use, the cover can be removed and used as a palette or mixing tray. The paints are acid free, safe, and certified ASTM D4236 and EN71 nontoxic. This set is perfect for beginners and kids, but the premium pigments ensure that professional artists will be pleased too.
5. Arteza Watercolor Set
Arteza’s watercolor pan paints are a wonderful option for student artists who excel at painting and paint all the time. Standard-size watercolor cakes can run out quickly with frequent use, but Arteza’s half-pan size is larger than most so you won’t run out of your favorite colors anytime soon. The colors are rich, saturated, and creamy, not chalky. The paint is made from high-quality pigments that blend well. Professionals are happy to use them for plein air painting, studies, and illustrations, and young artists love the bright, zingy colors. Each watercolor pan snaps into a sturdy, well designed tin; individual pans can be removed for flexibility while painting and for easy replacement. The case is compact and travels well; two fold-out lids function as mixing trays when the set is open. A good, solid water brush with a decent water reservoir is included, as is a color chart.