Here are my Japanese watercolors.
I was in the new (yay!) Hobby Lobby in my hometown the other day and found these. Paint. Color. Japanese. Had to have.
But really I had been curious about Japanese watercolor. I'm not an expert, but Japanese and Chinese watercolors are formulated differently from "normal" watercolor. They are like, but I believe still different from, gouache.
I have a strong tendency to put too much water into my watercolor. So gouache is good for me, because it is "opaque watercolor" and thus thicker/more intense. I've heard people say you can't reconstitute gouache, but that is nonsense because I don't have a problem with it. But it tends to be about the same difficulty as watercolor (maybe slightly easier/faster)--as in, not difficult, but I'm not very patient or...something. These watercolors, however, are a dream to activate. They are, as best I can describe, *soft*.
I got to "create a color chart by painting the color onto the chart on the back side of a lid".
Here are my first charts.
And I made a new comparative one *just for you*.
I made an effort to activate the paint in the same manner for both types of watercolor, and along the outside I used some gouache. As you can see, there isn't a massive amount of visual difference, though the Japanese watercolors are a good bit smoother and more consistent. I wasn't trying to get it really dark or intense (I was probably slightly light handed with the Japanese watercolor, just to give the other a sporting chance), just a quick activation for each color. Much more pigment came off my brush with the new paint.
As I said, these just feel so soft to work with; they are wonderful.
Also, I have learned some new Japanese color names, which is exciting, because it is strangely difficult to determine specific color names in another language, like "crimson" or "olive green", etc.
I may need to do more color charts.