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MaimeriBlu Watercolors, 12 mL, Explorer Set of 5


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Made in Milan exclusively with lightfast pigments, MaimeriBlu is a watercolor of the highest quality. All 90 colors are formulated with a single pigment, so mixing is clean and easy across the entire range. Browse our full selection of MaimeriBlu below, or open the Product Description tab to learn more.

12 mL, Explorer Set of 5
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#013 Chinese White
#018 Titanium White
#054 Cadmium Orange
#061 Pyrrole Orange
#062 Permanent Orange
#082 Cadmium Yellow Lemon
#083 Cadmium Yellow Medium
#084 Cadmium Yellow Deep
#098 Indian Yellow
#099 Naples Yellow Medium
#104 Naples Yellow
#109 Nickel Titanium Yellow
#110 Permanent Yellow Orange
#112 Permanent Yellow Lemon
#114 Permanent Yellow Deep
#116 Primary Yellow
#117 Golden Yellow
#121 Vanadium Yellow
#122 Transparent Yellow
#124 Gamboge
#125 Orange Lake
#131 Yellow Ochre
#134 Golden Ochre
#161 Raw Sienna
#167 Permanent Carmine
#174 Crimson Lake
#176 Rose Madder
#178 Permanent Madder Deep
#180 Quinacridone Lake
#182 Rose Lake
#186 Quinacridone Magenta
#224 Cadmium Red Orange
#226 Cadmium Red Light
#228 Cadmium Red Medium
#250 Transparent Mars Red
#251 Permanent Red Light
#253 Permanent Red Deep
#256 Primary Red Magenta
#257 Pyrrole Red
#258 Quinacridone Red
#262 Venetian Red
#263 Sandal Red
#270 Dragon's Blood
#276 Pozzuoli Earth
#278 Burnt Sienna
#296 Green Earth
#316 Cobalt Green Light
#317 Cobalt Green Deep
#318 Cobalt Green Blue
#322 Cupric Green (Phthalo) Light
#324 Cupric Green (Phthalo) Deep
#325 Hooker's Green
#328 Cobalt Green
#333 Green Gold
#348 Viridian
#350 Turquoise Green
#358 Sap Green
#359 Berlin Blue
#368 Cerulean Blue
#372 Cobalt Blue
#373 Cobalt Blue Light
#374 Cobalt Blue Deep
#377 Faience Blue
#381 Cobalt Blue Green
#391 Ultramarine Blue Light
#392 Ultramarine Blue Deep
#400 Primary Blue Cyan
#402 Prussian Blue
#412 Cobalt Turquoise
#417 Cerulean Sky Blue
#422 Indigo
#431 Phthalo Turquoise
#440 Ultramarine Violet
#441 Ultramarine Violet Blue
#458 Manganese Violet
#463 Permanent Violet Blue
#466 Quinacridone Violet
#467 Quinacridone Violet Reddish
#473 Verzino Violet
#474 Madder Brown (Alizarin)
#476 Mars Brown
#479 Potters Pink
#484 Vandyke Brown
#486 Sepia
#492 Burnt Umber
#493 Raw Umber
#514 Payne's Grey
#535 Ivory Black
#537 Carbon Black
#540 Mars Black
#560 Neutral Tint (Spinel)


This set of five MaimeriBlu tube watercolors features a selection of single-pigment paints that represent the best of Italian colormaking. These colors express the distinctive personality of Maimeri, with unique, intense hues you won't see in other starter sets. That's why we call this box the "Explorer Set"—it's a chance to experience the world of Maimeri watercolor in one affordable box.

The colors included are #180 Quinacridone Lake, #084 Cadmium Yellow Deep, #333 Green Gold, #392 Ultramarine Blue Deep, and #514 Payne's Grey. Because three primaries are included, you can use the Explorer Set as a minimal palette on its own. But you may wish to combine it with your other watercolors (from any brand), since this is not a standard mixing set. It's more like a collection of highlights, designed to inspire you to try new colors and techniques.

Five 12 mL tubes. Made in Italy.

About MaimeriBlu:

We're enchanted by MaimeriBlu, a special line of single-pigment watercolors from Milan. Each of the 90 MaimeriBlu colors features a unique pigment, with zero pre-mixed convenience colors. It's hard to overemphasize how unusual this is in our industry. We don't know of any other manufacturer with this many single-pigment colors, and certainly not of a watercolor line that eschews mixes entirely.

To be clear, other manufacturers use mixed pigments for a good reason: it's difficult, expensive, and in some respects impractical to use 90 individual colorants in a complete line of artist colors. This is especially true of certain staple colors that are virtually always mixes, like Sap Green and Payne's Grey. Artists expect these colors to be within a predictable range across brands, and multi-pigment colors are often the only way to achieve that.

Frankly, Maimeri is not concerned with these orthodoxies. The manufacturer's principle for its watercolor is "an absolute purity of pigments," and following this credo to its logical endpoint, how could any tube contain more than one? Single-pigment colors produce cleaner mixes and are much more intuitive to use than multi-pigment colors.

In consequence, you may be surprised by some of Maimeri's watercolors. Sap Green, since it cannot be the usual mix of yellow and green pigments, is actually just chromium oxide green—a gorgeous, mossy color, but absolutely nothing like other Sap Green tubes in your kit. Payne's Grey is in fact synthetic indigo, a permanent pigment with the depth and intensity of multi-pigment Payne's Greys, bluer and without any hint of muddiness.

Another result of a watercolor line with 90 distinct pigments is that some rare and unusual choices are included here. Even experienced watercolorists have likely never painted with genuine indigo, which is the colorant in MaimeriBlu #422 Indigo. This expensive, lightfast pigment is made by fermenting indigo leaves and has a natural color that is completely unique. Other pigments in MaimeriBlu include earth from Italian quarries, an advanced true neutral Neutral Tint that reflects virtually no color, and a whopping 11 cobalt pigments.

As you would expect from a professional watercolor, MaimeriBlu also offers excellent handling and a lovely, thick paint body that can easily produce dark, intense marks and extremely transparent washes. Every pigment used in MaimeriBlu carries Maimeri's highest (three-star) lightfastness rating, so you can trust any color for long-term display.

12 mL metal tube with easy-open tapered cap. Made in Italy.



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MaimeriBlu Watercolors, 12 mL, Explorer Set of 5

MaimeriBlu Watercolors, 12 mL, Explorer Set of 5