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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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34 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

  10. Clarence April 27, 2018 at 7:04 am #

    Hello, Ms. Cathy

    when will QoR become available here in the Philippines (or if it is now available, do you have the names of your partner retailers here)? Based on what I’ve read on some blogsites, QoR have twice the pigment concentration of gum arabic-based watercolors at the same volume so I want to try it for myself.

    • Cathy Jennings April 27, 2018 at 9:27 am #

      Hello Clarence,
      Thank you for your interest in the QoR mini! The GOLDEN store finder will allow you to filter by product (QoR) and enter a location (Philippines). When we did this, two stores in Manila came up as carrying QoR: Sketchbooks Inc and The Oil Paint Store. If you use the store finder, it will provide addresses, a map, and contact information for the stores. We would suggest you contact them directly and ask if they have the QoR mini. Some of the QoR paints are vibrantly saturated. We hope you enjoy painting with them!
      Cathy

  11. RoriLee Corsi May 10, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

    Good afternoon,

    I am very interested in learning more about this set of QoR paints please. Was wondering if it is possible please to get a sample of a few of the colors as well as the masking fluid that you have?

    I have done some painting but haven’t used your products before. As I would like to try them before buying. As I am on a very limited budget.

    Thank you for taking the time to read this. Enjoy the rest of your day. Take care. God bless you.

    • Cathy Jennings May 15, 2018 at 6:08 pm #

      Hello RoriLee,
      Thank you for your interest, and for your questions. We do not have samples of the QoR Masking Fluid. We do have paint dot card samples for QoR, and will email you a request for a mailing address so one can be sent to you. Not all of the colors in the mini are included in the dot cards, but there should be one or two for you to try.
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

  12. RoriLee Corsi May 10, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

    I love painting

    • Cathy Jennings May 15, 2018 at 6:06 pm #

      Hello RoriLee,
      We love painting (and paint) too!
      Cathy

  13. Bekki May 11, 2018 at 10:49 am #

    Congrats on a well considered and designed product! I’m looking forward to trying one of the first American made half pan travel sets when my budget allows. Is it possible to clean these pans by tilting them at an angle, holding a tissue tightly underneath the edge of the dirty pan, and spritzing it with water so the dirty pigment runs off into the tissue without disturbing the layer underneath? I don’t like cleaning the surface of pan colors with my brush.

    • Cathy Jennings May 15, 2018 at 6:05 pm #

      Hello Bekki,
      We are glad you like the QoR mini, and we thank you for your question. To better answer, we tried the spritz, tilt, and tissue approach. It took several spritzes with a very fine water mister, and paint was also removed from areas that were not dirty. This means there was some paint loss. Careful attention was needed to control the run off and catch it before it contaminated another color. However, the pans were clean when we were finished! So this might be a viable approach to cleaning the paint surfaces should you not wish to use a damp brush.
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

  14. Holly May 18, 2018 at 11:30 pm #

    I absolutely LOVE my QoR mini set. EVERYTHING about it (but especially the paint 🙂 If you develop a second set, I’ll buy it, too!!!

    • Cathy Jennings May 24, 2018 at 3:10 pm #

      Thank you, Holly! We are so pleased you enjoy painting with the QoR mini. At the moment, we have no plans for a “mini 2” but we will certainly take the suggestion seriously!
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

  15. Bonnie Steinsnyder May 24, 2018 at 8:26 am #

    I am curious about the decision to go with cadmium yellow primrose rather than a lemon yellow for the cool yellow, and an azo nickel yellow rather than cadmium yellow medium for the warm yellow. Also why transparent brown oxide rather than burnt sienna? Every pigment has advantages/disadvantages so what led to this group being chosen? Thanks for all the interesting details! Thanks

    • Cathy Jennings May 24, 2018 at 4:24 pm #

      Hello Bonnie,
      Thank you for your questions. Color selection is subjective, and for artists can be very personal. We wished to offer a balanced mixing palette with a wide range of colors, two options for each primary color, and two earth colors. Using Transparent Brown Oxide and Burnt Umber allowed us to include both a synthetic and a natural earth color. In addition to this, we included a popular green and two high chroma secondaries: Sap Green, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, and Dioxazine Purple. Together, the paints in the QoR mini present a range from vibrant to more neutral, and an overall palette that offers many mixing opportunities. The individual colors were selected with input from the people in our Marketing Department, Laboratory, and Material and Application Department. We all mixed with QoR, painted, discussed, compared, and debated before presenting our ideas on what might be included. The Marketing department had final say in the colors, and we are pleased with the results. We hope you enjoy painting with the QoR mini, too!
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

  16. Clarence June 6, 2018 at 11:32 am #

    Hello, Ms. Cathy.

    I finally got my hands on QoR (the stores that retail them here in the Philippines only have the tube version available). I must admit that I’m fond of being able to use QoR as gouache (which is actually my favorite type of paint due to gouache’s opacity and resolubility enabling me to correct any prior mistakes) because when I diluted QoR and my other professional-grade gum arabic-based watercolors to the same concentration and swatched them, QoR appears about twice as bright (and opaque) as the gum arabic watercolors after drying. In fact, QoR has the same color vibrancy and opacity as professional grade gouache that use only pure pigments, especially when both are swatched straight out of the tube. Based on these experiences, I could attest that the claim of other painters that QoR has twice the pigment concentration of gum arabic-based watercolors at the same volumes is true.

    • Cathy Jennings June 14, 2018 at 4:35 pm #

      Hello Clarence,
      Thank you so much for telling us about your experience painting with QoR. We are so glad you are enjoying our watercolors!
      Happy painting,
      Cathy

  17. Clarence June 6, 2018 at 11:41 am #

    Hello again, Ms. Cathy.

    I forgot to mention in my earlier reply the one more thing I’m fond about QoR is that I can use them very thickly without the risk of cracking after the resulting applications already dried.

    • Cathy Jennings June 14, 2018 at 4:36 pm #

      Hello Clarence,
      Aquazol does help QoR Watercolor remain flexible when used thickly. It is super that you find this attribute helpful!
      Warm Regards,
      Cathy

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