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The QoR mini Half Pan Travel Set and Color Mixing

The GOLDEN QoR Mini Travel Set

The QoR mini.

Introduction:

If you seek an easy way to take watercolors on plein air painting adventures, the QoR mini with its half pans of luscious watercolors is awaiting your brush!  The QoR mini is a travel set that provides twelve half pans of dry QoR Modern Watercolor paints in a small closeable metal palette ready for on-site or studio use. Two sets of six colors line up along the long sides, held in half pans nestled into a silicone insert that forms three mixing areas in the center. The lid provides additional circular depressions for mixing, similar to those in the metal cases for the QoR sets. The back provides a list of the paints and pigments in the set. There is an included swatch chart so you may paint out samples of each of the watercolors. Closed, the metal tin measures approximately three and a quarter inches by four and a half inches by five eighths of an inch tall.  This article will introduce the mixing potential held within the twelve half pan colors.

What the paints are, and their traits:

The QoR half pan set provides two yellows, an orange, two reds, a purple, two blues, a green, two browns, and a gray.

Two yellows:

  • Cadmium Yellow Primrose, PY35, ASTM LF I, semi-transparent, non-granulating, staining; a green-leaning bright yellow
  • Nickel Azo Yellow, PY150, ASTM LF I, transparent, non-granulating, staining;  a warmer yellow leaning toward tan or amber when used with less dilution and offering a vibrant glowing yellow when diluted in washes

An orange:

  • Transparent Pyrrole Orange, PO71, LF Good based on our tests, transparent, non-granulating, staining; a clear strong lively orange, beautiful in glazes

Two reds:

  • Pyrrole Red Medium, PR254, LF Excellent based on our tests, semi-opaque, non-granulating, staining; a bright orange-leaning red
  • Quinacridone Magenta, PR122, LF NA (our tests show LF Excellent), transparent, non-granulating, staining; a saturated, vibrant purple-leaning red

A violet:

  • Dioxazine Purple, PV23, LF NA (our tests show LF Excellent), semi-transparent, non-granulating, staining; a strong dark purple

Two blues:

  • Ultramarine Blue, PB29, ASTM LF I, semi-transparent, granulating, semi-staining; a purple-leaning blue
  • Phthalo Blue (GS), PB15:3, ASTM LF I, transparent, non-granulating, staining; an intense green-leaning blue

A green:

  • Sap Green, PG36 + PR101 +  PY150, ASTM LF I, transparent, non-granulating, staining; a yellowish green, in washes the pigments can separate slightly creating a lovely dappled green

Two browns and a gray:

  • Transparent Brown Oxide, PR101, ASTM LF I, transparent, granulating, staining; a redder iron oxide than Burnt Umber, with very fine granulation
  • Burnt Umber (Natural), PBr7, ASTM LF 1, semi-opaque, granulating, semi-staining; a natural iron oxide providing a classic ‘brown’ color
  • Payne’s Gray, PB15:3 + PBk7 + PV19, ASTM LF II, semi-opaque, non-granulating, staining; a mixed blue-gray alternative to black, a little added to another paint can create fabulous chromatic neutrals

Mixing tests for the QoR mini color chart

Lightfastness and the QoR mini:

Eight of the QoR mini paints contain pigments rated lightfast I or II by ASTM. We determined lightfastness ratings of the other four paints by following ASTM’s protocol for testing. The pigments in Pyrrole Red Medium (PR254) and Transparent Pyrrole Orange (PO71) do not currently have ASTM ratings, and our testing showed them to be LF I (Excellent) and LF II (Very Good), respectively. The pigments in Quinacridone Magenta (PR122) and Dioxazine Purple (PV23) already have less than ideal ASTM lightfastness ratings, so we tested our QoR paints containing these pigments as well. We found that both of these QoR paints showed excellent lightfastness, equivalent to ASTM LF I. Because of the discrepancy between our ratings and ASTM’s ratings, these paints are listed as Lightfastness NA. More information may be found in the Just Paint article “QoR Lightfastness Testing Update.”

 

 

Mixing chart using colors in the QoR mini. Click for a larger image.

Color Mixing Chart for the QoR mini:

We created a graphite grid of one-inch squares on Fabriano Artistico 140 lb Cold Pressed Paper. Since there are twelve paints in the QoR mini, the grid is twelve squares high and wide. Starting in the upper left, each grid row and column is labeled with one of the travel palette colors. Where a grid row and grid column intersect, the square shows a mix of those two colors. Each of the twelve colors by itself (mixed only with water) can be seen if you follow a diagonal from the upper left (Cadmium Yellow Primrose) to the lower right (Payne’s Gray).  The squares beneath this diagonal show a darker wash of the mixture, and the squares above the diagonal show a more diluted wash of the mixture. Mixes were judged by eye. Although an attempt was made to make each square a visually equal balance of the two mixed paints, color shift sometimes occurs during drying. This mixing chart suggests the mixing possibilities; a wide and exciting diversity of colors may be achieved by changing the ratios in mixes to allow one color or the other to dominate.  We encourage you to explore!

Example of the included color chart, after painting.

How to treat your QoR mini:

You might wish to begin your experience of the QoR mini by painting the color chart included in the set. Each printed square contains a letter from “A” to “L”.  The same letters can be found in the silicone insert beside the half pans. Use the paint that corresponds with the letter to fill that square. A gradation will show the color’s potential more clearly than a flat wash.

Once you are finished painting, we recommend any extra water be blotted off the mixing areas and the palette be left to dry with the lid open. Since it is a travel palette, transporting while damp will be common. In such cases, it might be good to temporarily enclose the palette in a plastic bag in case there are drips. Should you wish to clean the paint, allow it to dry first. You may then swipe the surface with a damp brush or lint-free paper towel or cloth. Blotting wet or damp QoR can waste a lot of paint!

If you paint enough that your half pans begin to empty, you may refill them with paint from QoR tubes. We wish you great enjoyment and success using the QoR mini!

 

 

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18 Responses to The QoR mini Half Pan Travel Set and Color Mixing

  1. John Hayashi March 26, 2018 at 4:59 pm #

    Where can you purchase Mini ?

    • Cathy Jennings April 2, 2018 at 4:04 pm #

      Hello John,
      Thank you for your interest in the QoR mini, and for your question! We encourage you to check with your local art stores or favorite on-line retailer for availability and price for the QoR mini in your area. The QoR Mini has been quite popular and is currently back-ordered at a number of art stores. We also had an assembly glitch where some of the minis had two Burnt Umber half pans, and we pulled back some of our inventory from stores to fix these sets. We are working to provide new inventory as quickly as possible and hope to have more QoR minis in stores soon.
      We hope this is helpful, and we look forward to hearing from you again when you have more questions.
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

  2. Clare March 26, 2018 at 8:10 pm #

    This looks wonderful. Is it available in Montreal……if so where and. How much is it

    • Cathy Jennings April 2, 2018 at 3:59 pm #

      Hello Clare,
      Thank you for your interest in the QoR mini. The QoR Mini has been quite popular and is currently back-ordered at s number of art stores. We also had an assembly glitch where some of the minis had two Burnt Umber half pans, and this required us to pull back some of our inventory from stores. We are working to provide new inventory as quickly as possible. Check with your local store or online retailer for availability and price in your area.
      We hope this is helpful, and we are here when you have more questions.
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

  3. vige barrie March 27, 2018 at 2:46 pm #

    Where can I buy this QoR mini Half Pan Travel Set and Color Mixing?

    • Cathy Jennings April 2, 2018 at 4:07 pm #

      Hello Vige,
      Thank you for your interest in the QoR mini, and for your question! Your favorite art stores and online retailers would be the best place to check for availability and price for the QoR mini in your area. The QoR Mini has been quite popular and is currently back-ordered at a number of art stores. We also had an assembly glitch where some of the minis had two Burnt Umber half pans, and we pulled back some of our inventory from stores to fix these sets. We are working to provide new inventory as quickly as possible, and hope to have more QoR minis in stores soon.
      We hope this is helpful, and we look forward to hearing from you again when you have more questions.
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

  4. giannetti joseph March 27, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

    Great but where do we buy this?

    • Cathy Jennings April 2, 2018 at 4:11 pm #

      Hello Joseph,
      Thank you for your interest in the QoR mini. We suggest checking with your local art stores or favorite on-line retailers for availability and price for the QoR mini in your area. The QoR Mini has been quite popular, and is currently back-ordered at a number of art stores. We also had an assembly glitch where some of the minis had two Burnt Umber half pans, and this required us to pull back some of our inventory from stores. We are working to provide new inventory as quickly as possible.
      We hope this is helpful, and we look forward to hearing from you again when you have more questions.
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

  5. Shyla Smith March 27, 2018 at 2:50 pm #

    Where do I buy and how much?

    • Cathy Jennings April 2, 2018 at 4:12 pm #

      Hello Shyla,
      Thank you for your interest in the QoR mini, and for our questions. We suggest checking with your local art stores or favorite on-line retailers for availability and price for the QoR mini in your area. The QoR Mini has been quite popular, and is currently back-ordered at a number of art stores. We also had an assembly glitch where some of the minis had two Burnt Umber half pans, and this required us to pull back some of our inventory from stores. We are working to provide new inventory as quickly as possible.
      We hope this is helpful, and we look forward to hearing from you again when you have more questions.
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

  6. Susan Klinger March 27, 2018 at 6:23 pm #

    Oooo, a new must have!

    • Cathy Jennings April 2, 2018 at 4:13 pm #

      Hello Susan,
      Thank you for your comment! We hope you soon have a QoR mini in your hands, and that you greatly enjoy painting with it. Speaking for myself, I think the QoR mini is great fun!
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

  7. Jane Freeman March 27, 2018 at 7:35 pm #

    I am very excited to see this mini! Travel kit! I love QoR because of it’s brilliance when layered. I have tested their products several years ago and loved how easy they were to work with!!!

    • Cathy Jennings April 2, 2018 at 4:31 pm #

      Hello Jane,
      We are so pleased you enjoy painting with QoR. We hope you soon have a QoR mini, and that painting with it brings you much joy!
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

  8. Cathy Barzo March 27, 2018 at 9:03 pm #

    Aren’t there refills for the pans?

    • Cathy Jennings April 2, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

      Hello Cathy,
      Thank you for your question. At the moment, QoR half pans are not sold individually. Any of QoR’s 83 tube colors can be used to fill empty half pans, and once dry they all should re-wet easily. If you feel especially strongly that you would like to be able to purchase a refill, or if you have other ideas for QoR products, please let us know by emailing us at help@goldenpaints.com. Feedback from artists is critical to evaluating potential new products and line extensions, so your opinions and suggestions are important!
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

  9. Kathleen Smith March 28, 2018 at 8:14 am #

    I love the mini watercolor pans. Great idea especially for travel..wondering if the paint is similar to quache?

    • Cathy Jennings April 2, 2018 at 4:54 pm #

      Hello Kathleen,
      We are so glad you love the QoR mini! Although we use Aquazol rather than Gum Arabic as a binder, QoR is a true transparent watercolor.
      Gouache is another type of watercolor, one made opaque by the addition of white pigment and a solid such as chalk. This creates a creamy paint with more body than transparent watercolor. Gouache is frequently used more thickly and often does not rely on the white of the paper. When Gouache is used thickly, the painting should be on a rigid support as otherwise the dry paint might crack. If you like painting with gouache, you might experiment with the addition of Titanium White watercolor to make the QoR paints more opaque and bring them closer to the characteristics of gouache.
      We hope this is helpful, and we are here when you have more questions.
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

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