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Holbein Artists' Watercolors


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We've tried pretty much every brand of artist-grade watercolor out there, and Holbein is our absolute favorite. The color selection is beautiful, with great options for both bright colors and natural shades of green and brown. Every color dilutes smoothly to create a wide range of saturations, from ultra dark to subtle and light. Holbein watercolors are satisfyingly transparent, without the chalkiness and opacity of cheaper paints. They're also excellent for mixing, making it easy for you to produce any color you want without muddiness. Made in Japan.

We stock the 5 mL and 15 mL tubes in all 108 colors. Each color is individually evaluated by the color scientists at Holbein, and you can find specific information about their permanence and other properties on the color chart. The letter and star codes used on the chart are listed below:

Permanence rating

  • Three stars: Absolutely permanent (resists fading under light for essentially indefinite periods; suitable for long-term display in a gallery or museum)
  • Two stars: Permanent (permanent for ordinary artist use)
  • One star: Moderately durable (likely to fade perceptibly over months or years)

Other properties

  • T: Transparent
  • N: Non-staining
  • E: Easy lift
  • H: Hard lift
  • X: Granulating
  • B: Semi-transparent
  • K: Semi-staining
  • O: Opaque
  • S: Staining
  • I: Intense


We ship all orders from our store in St. Louis, Missouri. 95% of orders are processed in 1-2 business days (Wednesday through Sunday). Shipping to the United States is always free for orders over $59. For orders under $59, domestic shipping rates start at $3.50. You can calculate your shipping cost in the cart or at checkout. For St. Louis residents, we also offer free curbside pickup. Just select "Pick Up" on the first page of checkout.


If there's a problem with your order, please contact our customer service team at If your order is damaged or defective, we will send you a prepaid return label and replace the item immediately. If you change your mind about an order, you can ship it back to us in new condition for a refund or exchange. However, if there is no error on our part, we cannot refund shipping charges or pay for return shipping. The deadline for all returns is 30 days from the delivery date. All clearance items, dated calendars and planners, and grab bags are non-refundable.

You can read more about our policies and procedures here.


We are an independent retailer trusted by artists since 2015, and our expert staff are happy to help you with any questions you might have about our products and services. We love helping our customers choose colors, build gift packages for friends, and get started with new tools and materials. We can also take special orders for items not listed on this site.


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Holbein Artists' Watercolors

Holbein Artists' Watercolors