Reeves Watercolors Review | My thoughts on Reeves Watercolors
I'd like to preface this by letting you know that I would never write a review about a product that I didn’t like or that I found awful because I find that doing that just brings more attention to those negative products or brands so, spoiler alert, this is a good review!
I found the brand Reeves while walking through the aisles of Michaels in Canada. I knew I wanted to get watercolors because I had left mine back in Mexico and was in dire need of painting in this medium.
I looked around for something that wasn’t elementary school watercolors cheap but also something that wasn’t I need to cut my liver to buy watercolors expensive. I was simply searching for a good and affordable option, thinking on how I travel so much and I never know if I’ll leave my watercolors behind.
That’s when I stumbled upon the brand Reeves, which in all honesty I’d never heard about before. I don’t know if it was the minimalistic packaging, the great price, or the color palette but I knew at that moment I had found my new set of watercolors! Yey!
Long story short, I’ve been using them for the past couple of months and they have even traveled with me 3 times! So I wanted to share my thoughts about them with you and whether or not I recommend them.
What you need to know
Semi-Transparent & Semi-Opaque
Transparent watercolors let the light come through and reflect from white paper, which makes the colors glow. Opaque watercolors block the light so they look thicker and a little cloudy.
In my experience some colors from my 12 pack watercolor set are semi-transparent and others semi-opaque. Which isn’t good nor bad, It just depends on whether that’s the kind of transparency or opacity I need. I personally would prefer for them to all be either opaque, semi-opaque, semi-transparent or transparent, but not the two types or more in the same pack.
Easy to lift
I found that these watercolors are non-staining which means that the color settles on the surface of the paper and can be easily rewetted and lifted when dry. This is really good if you are a beginner who is prone to make mistakes or if you are super clumsy like me.
Granulating & Pigmentation
Depending on the pigment, the particles in the paint can be heavy or light. Watercolor paints with heavier particles tend to separate from the water and collect in the tooth of the paper but none of the colors in my pack have had a granulating quality to them. This is great for me because that’s actually my preference but it also means that the pigmentation isn’t as strong.
Because they aren’t as pigmented I do find that I have to, sometimes, go over a color more than once to make it more saturated. When they dry, the color always looks a paler than when it was wet and that’s usual for watercolors. It’s just these ones look a little chalky when they dry out.
The specific pack that I bought cost me 10 CAD which is an amazing price to pay for such enjoyable watercolors. Here is a link to buy them if you are interested: http://www.michaels.com/reeves-watercolor-paints-set-of-12/D039778S.html
Should you get them?
If you are a beginner, a student, if you are on a budget or need a pack of watercolors on the go I think this is a great brand to get. If you can afford better quality or more professional watercolors then I recommend you do that as well, but only if you think of art as more than just a hobby.
(This is my honest opinion. I was not paid to say any of this, nor was this a sponsored review.)