The 1940s - Wartime rages on in this set, beginning with a punchy blood red amongst luscious jewel tones. Decadent emerald greens together with burnt yellow and tangerine recall Picasso’s paintings of seated women. Vivid blues and a rich purple represent the patriotic sentiments of life on the home front. These colours are symbolic of a tumultuous decade full of revolution: the wartime inventions, the end of Modernism, the bold motifs of wartime advertising, Hollywood studio pictures and film noir, the Dior New Look.
Choosing Keeping presents seven exclusive, special editions of 8 shades of Gansai. This Japanese alternative to standard European watercolours is not dissimilar to gouache and is made by a 100 year old paint maker in Japan. The paints can be used directly out of the box with a wet paintbrush - either thinly in translucent washes, or by layering for a bolder effect. These can also be used on darker paper bases to enhance colors further.
Included is a blank letterpress swatch card featuring each individual colour name to be painted in for colour referencing. This can come in handy as appearances can be deceiving and each colour is only revealed once wet and set to paper!