The second day of no school and snow clean up and the Postman brought me the three Prima Watercolor confections from A Cherry on Top.  They are some cute little pans of watercolor in a sort of flimsy metal container. 

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The little boxes they come in are sweet and look pretty but they don't even have the names and numbers of the paint pans on them, the only hint of the contents are the color swatches.  I would have liked to have the names and numbers of the paint pans listed somewhere.  Maybe they are online somewhere. 

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There are three different sets and each set is supposed to have unique colors not in any of the other pans.  The Decadent Pie set has some metalic watercolor pans.

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Let's start with the classic set and unbox it.  When pulled from the pretty little box you get a black metal box.

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Open the black metal box and here is what is inside.....12 itty bitty wrapped confections.

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Now to get to the watercolor pans you need to unwrap two different wrappings.  Here is the first one unwrapped.

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Here we are still unwrapping.........

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Here is the wrapping and finally the first set unwrapped..........

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The last set and a good picture of the pan thing that the paint pans sit into.  Those two rails are sort of rivited onto the bottom which fits into the metal case on the left.  When the paint pans go into the grey metal rails there are little catches on the top and if the pans don't sit in there tightly you may be tempted to try and bend the edges of those holders in a bit to make the paint pans not move with the brush when using them.  Do NOT do it.  I tried that with one of mine and if you look closely you can see those dimples in the grey metal.....those dimples are sort of rivits but not rivits and they can pull out and then the paint pans not only will not be tight but then they will be tipped on that side.  The cases may be metal but they are not good quality metal.

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I took a return label and placed the name of the set unto the top of each set, none of them are marked so after you take the paint pans out of the wrapping there is no way to tell which set is which except the decadent pie set has a few pans that look somewhat metalic.  I suppose a person could keep them in the sweet paper boxes but I chose not to do that so I threw those boxes away.

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Here are the three sets all opened and ready to be used.

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I am not an artist, I am a crafter and I use paint, and markers and stuff to make things that make me happy.  I took a piece of watercolor paper and stamped 6 of one of Tim Holtz's flowers and started watercoloring using the classic set and the tropicals set.  I started with the dark one in the center which has way too much pigment.  I then moved on using less paint, more water, and about the same colors in different orders.   This watercolor blends well until it dries on the paper then it will reactivate to a certain extent but will not blend as well as it does when wet.  That is why on some you can see the lines where I let the first color dry before trying to blend with the second color.  Some I tried going over the blending marks using more color to try and get it to blend.  These watercolors would work lovely for the watercolor techniques that are popular on youtubes by the cardmakers.  The technique of watering down the paper and then dropping very watered down paint onto the wet and letting it swirl around.  I am sure I will work with these and learn the way they mix and blend.

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I had this little girl stamped out on Bristol paper from a colored pencil challenge and decided to use it with these watercolors and see how it worked.  I don't know, the shadows on the bottom of the dress/coat did not blend out as well as I would have liked.  I will keep trying.  So there you have it the unboxing and first use of the Prima Watercolor Confections.  Thank you for your time and I hope this has been helpful.


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