The Colonial Palette

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All paints in the Colonial Palette are made using natural earth pigments from the United States. American natural earth pigments contain more opacity than than natural earth pigments from Europe, and are preferred by artists for their powerful tinting strength.

Part of the secret of Hushwing watercolors is a simple recipe that yields beautiful results. Today’s modern paints are produced using additives which are often toxic and can take away from the vibrancy of the pigment itself. Hushwing watercolors return to the history of paint-making which focuses on minimal ingredients hand-tailored to each individual pigment. Every pan is packed with pigment to achieve a vibrancy and saturation that is difficult to find in many other paints.

+ Specifications

The colonial palette consists of 7 half-size pans of handmade, professional grade watercolor. All pigments receive a permanent lightfastness rating (8, on a scale of 1 to 8) and are non-toxic.

The pigments of the Colonial Palette include:

  • Colonial Yellow Ocher
  • Colonial Raw Sienna
  • Colonial Burnt Sienna
  • Colonial Raw Umber
  • Colonial Burnt Umber
  • Colonial Red
  • Colonial Violet

Each pan is magnetized and packaged in a metal travel tin. All orders are shipped with a handwritten swatch card, reusable hand dyed silk ribbon, and a small sheet of 100% cotton rag handmade paper to test your watercolors with.

+ Pigment Information

Colonial Yellow Ocher

  • Country of Origin: United States, Virginia Blue Ridge
  • Composition: Natural Loam, PY 43
  • Chemical Formula: FeO-OH
  • Lightfastness: Permanent

Colonial Raw Sienna

  • Country of Origin: United States, Virginia Blue Ridge
  • Composition: Natural Loam, PY 43
  • Chemical Formula: Fe203
  • Lightfastness: Permanent

Colonial Burnt Sienna

  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Composition: Natural Loam, PR101
  • Chemical Formula: Fe203
  • Lightfastness: Permanent

Colonial Raw Umber

  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Composition: Natural Loam, PB7
  • Chemical Formula: Fe203
  • Lightfastness: Permanent

Colonial Burnt Umber

  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Composition: Natural Loam, PB7
  • Chemical Formula: Fe203
  • Lightfastness: Permanent

Colonial Red

  • Country of Origin: United States
  • Composition: Natural Iron Oxide, PR102
  • Chemical Formula: Fe203
  • Lightfastness: Permanent

Colonial Violet

  • Country of Origin: United States, Virginia Blue Ridge
  • Composition: Natural Iron Oxide, PR102
  • Chemical Formula: Fe203
  • Lightfastness: Permanent

+ Color Swatches & Charts

The image below shows color swatches true to the color of the paint. This photograph was taken in window light and has not been edited by color filters or in any way that would alter the true color of the paint.

Mixing and color charts coming soon.

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+ The Process

During production, pigment is mulled by hand on a glass slab with a combination of gum arabic, honey, and food grade preservative. Each pigment has it’s own unique recipe that has been tested over time to ensure the perfect balance of pigment to binder. All pans are hand poured and dried in thin layers which minimizes cracking and prevents air bubbles, ensuring the pan is as full as possible. However, some cracking is normal and will appear depending on the climate and the pigment. Cracking in the pan will not affect the use or the ability of the paint to re-wet.