QoR is a watercolor company that is a sister company of Golden Acrylics. The company is fun and personable. You can email them with questions and they will respond with their experiences. They had sent me a little card of dried water color. This is the cutest thing I’ve seen yet. QoR is pronounced ‘core’.
The watercolor samples included Cobalt Teal, Green Gold, Quinacridone Gold, Transparent Pyrrole Orange, Quinacridone Magenta and Dioxazine Purple. I like the idea of the watercolor dot cards for a few reasons. The first reason is how well dried watercolors rewet. Just looking at the card tells me that the colors are vibrant and dries evenly .
The price. OK, when looking at the price and knowing you are going to get a tiny tube of color will make you jump. However, the tube is .11 milliliters rather than the average of .5 ml. It is not the most bang for your watercolor buck, but it is reasonable and you can get many different sets these days.
The expense is offset by the fact that you get a new type of binder that can work with your traditional watercolor binder, Gum Arabic. The binder has been used for the past decade for restoration purposes. It is called Aquazol which is made by the Golden Paints company. The main difference between Aquazol and Gum Arabic is that it is clear, whereas Gum Arabic is a bit on the yellow side.
The paint dots used in this demonstration are called the High Chroma Set.
QoR’s High Chroma Set is a weird palette to work with because you have to mix the base colors like red and blue. In order to get a red, you have to mix Quinacridone Magenta with Transparent Pyrrole Orange. To get a basic blue, you have to mix Cobalt Teal with Dioxazine Violet. To get a grass green, you have to mix Cobalt Teal with Green Gold. There is no actual yellow in this set, and no way of mixing one.
First thing I notice is that the Dioxazine Purple goes on black like normal watercolors, however it loses almost all of the color and fades into a mid purple. I don’t like that. You should be able to dilute it to the color you want and it should stay that color or at least close to it. This finding was wrong, the color dots needed to be saturated with water a bit more.
Working with the watercolor doesn’t feel any different from working with traditional watercolors. The binder is different, but you will not notice it.
As for squeezing them into a metal box set, you ought to have no trouble, as they re-wet perfectly.
As for mixing with other watercolors with Gum Arabic, as stated previously, you will not notice the difference between regular watercolors and QoR. I cannot say what will happen 20 years from now, but I can say that since QoR uses the binder for conservation purposes, I wouldn’t worry about it.