Several watercolor manufacturers produce two lines of paints—a student series alongside their more expensive and usually more extensive line of professional or artist paints. I've long been curious about the differences between the two, so I thought it was time to put student grade watercolor brands to the test and compare several affordable sets.
Several years ago, I briefly tested a major brand of student grade watercolors. I was very pleased with them so I've often recommended that brand to readers, students, and beginners. However, I've learned a lot since then so I thought it was time to retest my initial impressions to see if there was a another budget watercolor set that could beat it.
Lately I've been experimenting with four different brands of student grade paints: Cotman, Daler-Rowney, Sennelier, and Van Gogh. Just like their professional counterparts, I've found that each brand is different and some perform better overall than others.*
Below, I share my opinions and short review of each of these brands along with several factors to consider before purchasing student grade watercolors. So let's dive into the showdown!Read More