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Blockx Giant Watercolor Pans are small-batch European watercolors, poured by hand into beautiful, oversized porcelain pans. Each Giant Pan measures 3" x 2.25" at its widest point and contains about eight times as much watercolor as an ordinary half pan.

The huge surface area at the top of the Giant Pan is a showcase for the unique characteristics of each fine pigment used to make Blockx watercolors. Some Giant Pans have lots of little bubbles, some have glossy, smooth surfaces, and others look like cracked desert earth. Each color wets and handles a little differently, and the wide variety in Giant Pans' appearance is an elegant reminder that our paints come from many different minerals and organic chemicals, all with their own personality.

This luxury set contains eight colors of Giant Pans, all made with gum arabic and honey by Blockx, one of the oldest and finest paintmakers in the world. The Blockx legacy begins in 1865 with Jacques Blockx I, a Belgian chemist who developed his own formulas for permanent paints. His pioneering work was quickly noticed by prominent painters, who had largely been producing their own paints by hand and were eager to explore a broader, more consistent range of colors. Salvador Dalí wrote about Jacques Blockx I: "This man who never painted, will contribute more to the painters of tomorrow than what we will have accomplished, all the modern painters together."

Five generations of Blockx family chemists have continued in the tradition of the company's founder, producing only the highest quality paints using traditional stone mills, small batches, and low speeds. This labor-intensive process allows the individual qualities of each pigment to shine through, and you will notice that each Blockx watercolor is different in texture, flow, intensity, and finish.

Unlike other brands, Blockx colors are not individually rated for lightfastness, because every color is permanent and suitable for museum-quality work. These artisan-made paints will suit even the most demanding professional artist, and we are very excited to make them available to our customers in the United States.

This luxury set includes Giant Pans in a curated range of eight colors, suitable for any style of painting but especially good for natural subjects. The colors included are Blockx Red, Venetian Red, Yellow Ochre, Blockx Yellow, Green Earth, Primary Blue, French Ultramarine Blue Light, and Manganese Violet.

Also included in this special bundle are a gorgeous Blockx storage box made from dark stained wood, two removable trays with space for four Giant Pans each, three Princeton Neptune synthetic squirrel watercolor brushes (sizes Round #4, Round #10, and Aquarelle 1/2"), a kneaded eraser, a roll of Nichiban artist tape, a Hi-Uni pencil in 2H hardness, and a 100% cotton panoramic watercolor block from Sennelier.

Valued at $398, this hand-picked luxury set is available for $279 for the holiday season. It's a stunning gift for any watercolor artist and a prized centerpiece in any art studio. Limited quantities are available.