Last year, I was so excited for #janessecret which was that, Jane Davenport was releasing her own Mixed Media Range (JDMM) exclusively at Michael's. The wait is finally over and her products are available.
I have been lucky enough to get a few things and will tell you all about them. It was hard to decide what to get first but it isn't surprising that I chose watercolors, is it?
She has two watercolor sets, a neutrals set and a brights set. She refers to the as warm primaries (neutrals) and cool primaries (brights). I chose to start with the neutral set for its options of skin tones.
The neutral set comes in a small gold tin that opens to a mixing card to test your colors. Underneath that is a plastic piece that flips out to mix your colors on, and under the mixing palette is the twelve half pans of watercolor.
I jumped in and saw that they feel smooth, a little creamy, and are thick. They are very pigmented and at first not transparent but I wouldn't call them opaque because they are not. What makes them interesting is that you can lay down a lot of color that you almost can not see through but then add more water and they do become transparent. I was surprised that the color called mango was a bright orange but with more water turned to a nice yellow! It's a versatile little set and because of that they take some intentionality and practice but they are lot of fun.
After having tried the neutral palette, I couldn't wait to get the brights set but the Jane Davenport line and specifically the watercolors have been so popular that I have not been able to get a set of the brights! I hear they are working hard to make more as they basically sold out in the first two weeks. Stay tuned..
Jane has also created a FREE Mixed Media class explaining her products and some techniques.
Have you tried any of the JDMM line? What did you try and what did you think of it?