I finally had a chance to sit down and focus on my new birthday supplies! I've played enough with the Gansai Tambi watercolors to recommend them. (All supplies are linked below the video). I plan to complete an opacity swatch today. These paints are creamy ("soft") and some of the colors are opaque. That's typical of Japanese watercolors. The pigment load is good, especially for the price point. The mensa brushes hold a lot of paint.
The paper is a 3-ply postcard sized paper. The top layer being a type of sumi-e paper. Yes, it bleeds! These postcards have different "blurs." The card I'm using in this video is Blur 4. It's used for the Japanese tradition of Etegami. Tegami means "letter" in Japanese. The point of this is to paint, simply and casually. Then address the card and put it in the mail. No "practice." Just a simple expression.
There are some tips in the video for working with this type of paper. You won't have complete control. Surprises! Here's the video. Part 2 should be up for Friday. Enjoy! If you have a chance, click the YouTube button on the bottom right of the video and subscribe, share, like and comment. That helps me out a lot.
Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors: http://to.jetpens.com/1WyWAAe
Akashiya Etegami Papers: http://to.jetpens.com/1TjOoR4
Kuretake Zig Cartoonist Menso Brush - Medium - Horse and Goat Hair: http://to.jetpens.com/1OEt1hg
Kuretake Zig Cartoonist Menso Brush - Small - Kolinsky Hair