Super Granulating Watercolors from Schmincke

September 19, 2022

I’ve looked and looked and can’t find that I’ve posted HERE on RozWoundUp about these Schmincke super granulating watercolors. (I still haven’t reconstructed my digital database so I can’t search through it!)

You will have seen a quick speed through of this demonstration on my Instagram. But I find the vertical format and the short, short time frame not very satisfying.

I thought I had long ago put up a horizontal version of this sketch session, but I didn’t find it on my Vimeo or YouTube pages. 

Today I loaded it up to both, and have linked it below.

Do I recommend these paints from Schmincke? Well I love Schmincke watercolors so yes, I do recommend them.

Do you need to rush right out and get some. No. Why? well Schmincke initially offered them in sets. And I don’t think having a set is always the best way to test something. (I think these were the Galaxy set but there are similar colors in some of the other sets and all of them are still in storage for the downsizing.)

Here’s a close up detail shot of an area of the image.

I think you’re better off getting one or two colors that are similar to what you are used to working with and then testing them in a series of paintings to see if you like the effects and quality.

Of course this set was given to me by a friend and I’m not going to look a gift horse in the mouth. (Having written that what does that really mean? I suppose it means we are checking the horse’s health status by looking in the mouth, but to what end, to not accept the gift? Someone help me out here if you know the origin of that saying.)

These paints work like any other watercolor (and have a Gum Arabic base), but they dry with supergranulation—which means you’re going to see lots of “sediment” when the pigments dry.

Some artists, myself included in this group, love granulation. It’s a texture thing.

Other watercolorists abhor granulating pigments and never buy them.

You decide what you like or don’t like. I think there is plenty of evidence in this demo that the paints work the same as other watercolors and that they leave a lovely trail of granulation. If you want to play with that check out what is available in sets and individual tubes at your local independent art supply store. For me that is Wet Paint, on Grand Ave. in St. Paul, MN. I know that since that first box of paint was sent to me by a friend Wet Paint has been carrying INDIVIDUAL tubes of paint as well as the sets. So you might just want to check their website, or call or visit. (I’m not connected fiscally with Wet Paint or Schmincke, by the way.)

You can use these paints with your regular watercolors and you’ll be just fine. The mixes you make will take on the granulation from the super-granulating color. Depending on the strength of the other color you mix with it you might not see the same amount of granulation—the mixed color may be too dark to show as well. But in my random tests I found that these blues and pinks mixed well with my regular browns and showed the granulation well.

Here’s the video. It’s sped up after a bit of introduction, but it is longer than the version of Instagram. And you also see the palette in this video!

Vimeo direct link

YouTube direct link.


    • Vicky Kirby
    • September 19, 2022

    You are correct about appearing to be ungrateful for the gift. Proverb is thought to be much older than the first written reference in 1500’s.The proverb refers to evaluating the age, usefulness, of a horse by looking at its teeth. This practice is also the source of the expression “long in the tooth,” meaning old. (according to Idiom and Webster Dictionary).

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      Vicky, thanks for letting me know how far back this phrase goes! I appreciate it. (Sometimes I can find these references in my Compact Oxford English Dictionary, but it’s in storage!) Thanks for stopping by and checking in.

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    Thank you for posting! I use quite a few granulating pigments in the Daniel Smith line of watercolor, and it’s nice to hear about some others to try!

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      It’s fun to have options.

    • Peggy Portmann
    • September 19, 2022

    I use Schmincke watter colors now for almost two decades. They are super and you don’t need any super granulating vesion just mix a lasuring color with one that is more pigmented and wow, you have it , Naturtlly you need a cold press paper so that the texture really comes out.

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      Peggy, yes, they’ve always had some that are prone to granulation and fun to use. And mixing a transparent pigment with granulating pigments that they already make is fun, but it’s always fun to have a new range. And for even longer than two decades people interested in granulating colors have been able to get Winsor and Newton’s Granulation Medium. That can be fun to add to your mixes. It’s great to have as many options as we do now!

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