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REVIEW: Disney Art Attack Watercolors

Hello! As promised in my previous blogpost, I will review the Disney Art Attack Watercolors.

In the town I live, I can buy two versions of the same brand. One is the chalky pan set, basically similar to Camel Watercolors (review here). It’s really like most generic pan sets that children buy. I think that costs around Php 100, probably because of the name Disney slapped onto it.

But I’m not reviewing about the chalky pan set. I bought the slightly more expensive version–same brand, but it came in twelve, large, square pans that were (surprise surprise) semi-moist. I hadn’t seen children’s semi-moist pan colors before that, so I took it even though it cost Php 30 more.

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I really should’ve stuck with the chalky set, though. Within two weeks, the set melted. It was well dried after my last use, and I stored it in my school bag (which never sees the light of day at home). Yet when I took it out, it was a large, globby mess. The green paint got everywhere, as did the light blue and the brown. After that, opening the container always resulted in messy hands.

Despite the mess it always took to use this set, I decided to open it up again and review it, just because this Art Attack set is seemingly non-existent everywhere else on the Internet.

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I painted this swatch on 200 gsm NOT watercolor paper. Nothing too fancy about it.

Based on the swatch I made, I could make a guess on the colors included in the pan. I may be wrong, though; this is just an approximate.

Left to right, upper to lower row:

1. Rose

2. Green

3. Light Blue

4. Orange

5. Black

6. Brown

7. Blue

8. Red

9. Yellow

10. Pink

11. Purple

12. White

My remarks: 

Some of the colors were unnecessary, like white, pink, and light blue (white isn’t mostly used for watercolor, pink can be made by watering down the rose or the red, and light blue by watering down the blue.

Aside from that, there wasn’t much granulation in most of the paints (a plus or a minus, depending on the user). Also, some of the colors were pale, like the rose (it took me two coats to achieve a darker color not identical to the pink) and the green; the others were vibrant. Mixing the colors was a hit or miss–some mixed well, while others became muddy.

Still, the colors were doable–they weren’t chalky and they didn’t rub off, so that’s a big plus for me. What wasn’t doable was how easy it was for the colors to melt. The fact they melted, under normal temperature, was my biggest gripe.

Overall, though, I’d recommend this paint set to rather artistic kids. It’s not as bad as the chalky paints, but it’s not too expensive to give to a child. Also, this set may introduce them to other semi-moist paints like Prang and Yarka, which are used by students and professionals alike.

For a teen/adult who wants to begin in watercolor? Probably not. The colors in the palette are definitely targeted to children. There aren’t cool and warm versions of each pigment, which are important in learning watercolor seriously. But if you just want to experiment around and not deal with chalkiness, this is doable.

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Author:

We're two crazy sisters who like art and have the same first letter on the first name. Just like it says on the tin *points to username*. As we put away unhealthy amounts of our weekly allowances, we splurge 'em all on any (and possibly every) watercolor brand that local bookstores could ever provide and review them with our "judge-y" eyes. It's a good thing that the Philippines doesn't have too many expensive brands, then, or we'd both be broke before college.

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