Studio Watercolors Sonnet – a Detailed Review

There are old Russian plants manufacturing high-quality paints. One of them is APP Nevskaya palitra.

The watercolors Sonnet, which the company produces, became a great addition to my toolkit.

Advantages and Disadvantages of 24 Pan Set

Sonnet is available in sets of 16 or 24 pans, 2,5 ml each. I knew, that 16 colors aren’t enough for me, and bought the bigger box.

I got the next colors: zinc white, hanza lemon, yellow medium, yellow deep, gold ochre, orange, red light, carmine, madder lake red, English red, azure, ultramarine light, blue, bluish green, violet light, violet deep, emerald green, sap green, green deep, raw sienna, burnt sienna, burnt umber, sepia, lamp black.

It was pleased the set includes many paints with brown pigments that are indispensable for a landscapist, but some colors have turned out useless for me. For example, I would replace too toxic violet light and emerald green.

I see that is the matter of an individual taste, though.

I read on the back side of the box:

Watercolours Sonnet has the intensity and purity of colour. Perfectly blended, blurred and spreads easily taken on the brush.

That’s not an exaggeration – еhey are really vibrant and the way they bloom on wet paper is marvelous.

The paints are perfectly mixed. It has high transparency, smooth texture

I’ve taken a photo of some pans for you. Alas, they don’t already look like candies: I used them a lot.

Nevskaya palitra: Information about the Manufacturer

Company Artistic paints plant Nevskaya palitra was found in 1934. It started as a little factory. An unexpecting fact: the plant was built by the English engineer Julius Fridlender.

Nowadays the firm’s products are widely requested in Russia and outside the country. They are even used for restoration masterpieces in famous museums like the Tretyakov Gallery, the Hermitage, the State Russian Museum.
APP Nevskaya palitra actually has three series of watercolor for adult artists – Sonnet, Lagoda, White Nights (watercolors White Nights are sold both in 2,5 ml pans and 10 ml tubes). The firm also has the line Tsvetic for children.

The company also make gouache, oil, tempera and acrylic paints.

Helen Dickinson
Helen Dickinson

Hi! I am Helen, an artist. My favorite art supplies are watercolor paints, brushes and paper, but I also enjoy experimenting with the other materials. Maybe, my knowledges will be useful for you.

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