Henry Newton and William Winsor introduced the very first moist water colours to the world in 1832. Since then, the Winsor Newton pans of colour have built on their reputation for quality. The fact that the original makers were water colour artists themselves meant they knew exactly what was required and the manufacturing process today draws directly on the original founding principles. The key is a balanced choice of pigments with the greatest possible permanence for the artist.
Not all artists opt for pans â small square cakes of colour cut into either half pan or full pan size. Some prefer to go for water colour paint direct from a tube. eBay sellers offer a range of half or full pans of Winsor and Newton colour trays. Light weight and encased in a traditional metal box the pans are intended for the artist that likes a full palate of colours to work with. There is an integral mixing tray built into the lid.
To get the paint from a pan, you use a damp paintbrush to gather a little amount of colour and then transfer it to the palate (usually the tin lid). You can then add more water or additional colours to get the shade you need. You donât need to transfer the colour from the pan to the palate but it does help to avoid unintentionally contaminating with other colours.