Blick's in Iowa City, it's one of my happy places. I can easily spend hours in there and of course did so on this occasion. I was stalking the watercolor isle when I noticed they had Angora watercolor pan sets. I've heard about these, but haven't tried them. They were super cheap (about $15 for a pan set of 36 colors.) They're student grade so the quality isn't whiz-bang, but the colors looked inviting so I thought I'd give them a try.
Unfortunately, they have confirmed what I always suspected...you get what you pay for. After playing around with them on a number of different papers I gave them a shot in my Strathmore watercolor journal. Void of any inspiration for a subject, I simply started washing the color onto the page. Unlike my Van Gogh's or my Koi's, I found I needed to load and reload the brush to get even the slightest hint of vibrancy.
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