Aloha Watercolors

 

Honey-based watercolors, handmade by Keiko on the Big island of Hawai’i

Available at alohawatercolors.com.

Next restock January 2022. As I will be traveling to visit my family in Germany for the holidays (yay!), the store will be closed from November 10 until January 2022. 

 

  • Aloha watercolors are made by hand on the Big island of Hawai’i, using only the finest pigments and high quality Organic Hawaiian honey for extra smoothness.
  • I’m a one-wahine-business and I love what I do! However, it takes time & patience to produce watercolors. Oh btw. wahine means woman in Hawaiian 🙂
  • Every batch is mixed and mulled meticulously.
  • It takes several weeks to finish with drying and layering every single pan.
  • Some paints need 4 or 5 layers with drying times of up to one week in between each layer.
  • Due to the 90% humidity here in the Hawaiian jungle I can’t simply air dry the paints but have to use a food dehydrator and air tight Tupperware boxes to dry the paints. This complicates the process but ensures that the paints make it to you in their best shape possible. 
  • If you’d like to know more about your favorite paint maker wahine ;-)) check out my Skillshare interview, where I share a bit about my life and about why and how I started my watercolor paint making biz. 

Allergens warning: My handmade binder contains essential clove oil. The christmas paints cinnamon, candy cane and caramel contain additional oils (cinnamon, peppermint) and perfume oil (caramel). If you are allergic to clove oil I highly recommend checking out Lindsey’s paints (artistic isle watercolors). Her binder does not contain any essential oils. My binder also contains Hawaiian honey. If you’re looking for vegan paints, check out Stacey’s paints (stakiwicolours). They are fabulous! Stacey also has a ton of tips on how to make watercolor paints yourself, resources and tutorials on her website. I interviewed Stacey in 2021 and she shared helpful tips on how to start your small watercolor making biz. Click here to watch the interview on Youtube. 

Kk back to Aloha watercolors

The range of colors is continually growing (October 2021: over 130 different hues, not yet all pictured here), and includes special paints like metallics, neons and glow-in-the-dark paints.

This master swatch was made by the lovely Melissa from @cloversetlettering. Thank you!!

New shimmers (not pictured): Honu, Whale song, Makai (part of the Whale song set). Poni (Alohaween set). Bird of Paradise, Blue ginger, ‘Ilima (Bird of paradise set). Pualani, Jacaranda, Pukiawe (Pualani set). 

Color shifts (not pictured): ‘Ohelo (Bird of paradise set). Night shade (Pualani set). Hina, Pele, Namaka, Waka, Laka (Goddess vol. 1 set). Lea, Poli’ahu, Hi’iaka, Haumea, Lilinoe (Goddess vol. 2 set). Papa, Mana, Kumulipo, Nu’akea, Kapo (Goddess vol. 3 set). 

New non-shimmers (not pictured): Kohola (indigo), part of the Whale song set. Maluhia (Pualani set)

Guess I’ll need a new masterswatch sheet soon!

Next shop update January 2022.  Please make sure you’re on the right time in your specific time zone, as paints sell out fast (within minutes for certain sets or paints) !

Moku

  • Single pigment versus pigment mix: Many of my paints are single pigments, which means that I use only one pigment to mix the paint. Examples: Kalani (ultramarine blue), Pineapple (lemon yellow), Orchid (quinacridone pink). However, I have a few 2 or more pigment mixes which I call “aloha mix“. Moku, for example, consists out of 5 different pigments and micas, Kilauea out of 8.
  • Almost all of my paints are extremely lightfast. On the scale of 1-8 (of which 8 is the most permanent),  most are 7 or 8. It means that your paintings will not fade when they’re exposed to the light. Please note that the NEONS have poor lightfastness (approx. 4). If you’d like to make a painting more durable in UV lighting, use a specific UV coating spray. 

  • I use non-toxic pigments and ingredients. Even the pigments that were formerly known to be extremely toxic (such as manganese blue) are produced with non-toxic materials nowadays.
  • All matte pigments are sourced or synthetically produced in the US, Germany, Italy and France. I have a couple of paints where I foraged the pigments myself here on the Big island of Hawai’i. I’m planning to publish a set with Big islands paints in 2022. 
  • A lot of my shimmer pigments are produced in Germany under excellent working conditions and strict criteria for environmental protection (Dei art, Kremer). I have family in Germany and travel there once or twice a year. Every time I come home to Hawai’i with a suitcase full of pigments 😉
  • The binder is hand mixed by me and contains gum arabic, Organic Hawaiian honey from the Big Island, glycerine, essential organic clove oil, distilled water. 
  • My packaging is as environmentally conscious as possible. The shrink wraps for the paints are made of corn starch and biodegradable. 

A note on the The Aloha Liquids:  It turned out that not only were the liquids quite the challenge to package and ship safely without leakage, some of them also clotted after a while. Ugh! I found out that gum arabic and dye don’t always like each other too well … So for now the liquids are discontinued until I find a better recipe. 

 

Here are the sets I’ve created so far:

 

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Alohaween set: 2 glow in the dark (blue glow and purple glow), 2 colorshift (Potion), 1 shimmer (Poni)

Available now (alohawatercolors.com/sets) Please note that if you order this set now and you’re outside the US, it won’t arrive in time for Halloween. For customers in the US please order before October 18 to make sure the set arrives in time. 

 


Goddess vol. 3 set: 5 colorshifts (Mana, Papa, Kapo, Nu’akea, Kumulipo).

Available now (alohawatercolors.com/sets)

 


Bird of paradise set, 4 shimmers: Bird of paradise (orange shimmer with pink glitter), ‘Ilima (yellow shimmer with pink glitter), Blue ginger (blue shimmer with teal and purple glitter), ‘Ohelo (colorshift from orange over red to pink and purple). Available again November 7, 2021

 


Pualani (4 shimmers, 1 matte): Pualani (pink shimmer with subtle colorshift), Jacaranda (manganese purple plus silver shimmer), Nightshade (shimmer colorshift), Pukiawe (carmine red plus glitter), Maluhia (PG 26). Available now (alohawatercolors.com/sets)

 


Goddess vol. 2: set of 5 colorshifts: Hi’iaka, Lea, Lilinoe, Haumea, Poli’ahu. Available now. (alohawatercolors.com/sets)

 


 

Whale song set: Octopus (colorshift shimmer), Kohola (synthetic indigo VAT Blue 1), Makai (turquoise shimmer), Honu (teal shimmer), Whale song (phtalo blue plus subtle shimmer). Available now (alohawatercolors.com/sets)

 


Goddess volume 1: Set of 5 colorshifts. Laka (pink red to green), Namaka (pink to blue and purple), Hina (orange to red), Pele (orange to pink), Waka (green to teal and gold). Available now (alohawatercolors.com/sets)

 


Mokulani:

  • Moku (phtalo green and gold shimmer)
  • Lokelani (ultramarine rose PV-15, and silver glitter)
  • Lightfast: 8

Available again TBD


Hawaiian fruit bowl: Pineapple (lemon yellow, matte), Papaya (disazo indian yellow, matte), Orange tree (pyrrolo orange, matte, PO-73), Guava (rose madder, matte, PR-83), Dragonfruit (magenta with gold shimmer). Lightfast: 8

Available again 2022 



Vanilla moon watercolor set

Vanilla moon: Vanilla (Buff titanium matte, PW 6:1.77891), King Protea (very light madder rose, historic pigment, matte), Kaona (Dioxazine violet, matte PV23), Moonbeam (colorshift red pink white purple, shimmer).

Available again TBD



Stormflowers set: Orchid (chinacridone pink, PV42), Storm (Payne’s gray, Pbk 11, Pb27:1, PB 27, PB 8), Lilikoi (purple, PV42, PB 29, PV 16). Lightfast: 8. All matte.

Available again 2022 (alohawatercolors.com/sets)


Supernova set, all metallics: Hula princess (light gold), Unicorn (duochrome white and purple), Venus (pink red, aloha mix), Callisto (brown gold, aloha mix), Neptune (turquoise), Green flash (apple green), Mars (red orange, aloha mix), Rain cloud (blue gray, aloha mix). All shimmer, Unicorn: intereference shimmer.

Available now (alohawatercolors.com/sets)


Rainbow set, all metallics: Banana (yellow, aloha mix), Opah (orange, aloha mix)), Kilauea (red aloha mix), ´Akala (pink, aloha mix), Blue Hawaii (blue, aloha mix), Aloha (turquoise), Waipio (green, aloha mix), Mauna Loa (purple and blue, aloha mix).s All shimmer. Mauna Loa: duochrome.

Available now (alohawatercolors.com/sets)


Neon islands set: Lanai (neon orange), Molokai (neon green), Hawaii (neon red), Kauai (neon purple), Oahu (neon yellow), Maui (neon pink). All matte.

Available now (alohawatercolors.com/sets)


Mermaid tales set: Mermaid (interference shimmer, white with gold, aloha mix), Lagoon (mangenese blue hue PB 15, matte), Seahorse (turquoise shimmer), Sunset (duochrome peach with shimmer gold, aloha mix), Beach (yellow ocher, Natural loam, limonite CI Y43, matte ), Sea Grass (non-toxic version of Schweinfurt/Paris green, matte). Lightfast: 8, except for Mermaid and Sunset, lightfast: 6.

The pigment for Beach is no longer available anymore. This set will be sold for the last time on November 7 and discontinued afterwards. 

Available again November 7, 2021


Magic Pearl Set: Magic Pearl (intereference metallic white and blue), Moana (Prussian blue, PB 27:1, matte), Mauna Kea (red orange shimmer), Hula Queen (gold shimmer), High Surf (light blue shimmer), Shark (Gray ochre: Carbonates of calcium, manganese, iron, Fe2O3+SiO2+Al2O3+CaO+MgO, matte). All Lightfast: 8 (best).

Available again 2022 


Caramel candy set: scented paints! Caramel (light yellow ochre PY 43.77492 with gold mica shimmer, caramel scented, lightfast 100), Candy Cane (intereference shimmer, peppermint scented), Cinnamon (duochrome. brown with green shimmer, cinnamon scented).

Allergens warning: My handmade binder contains essential clove oil. The christmas paints cinnamon, candy cane and caramel contain additional oils (cinnamon, peppermint) and perfume oil (caramel). 

Available again November 7, 2021


 

DISCONTINUED SETS:

 

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Monstera love set: Jungle (phtalo green, PG7), Golden cactus (green with metallic gold, aloha mix), Koa wood (Ercolano red, a-Fe2O3), Mango (medium cadmium yellow, PY 35), Heliconia (medium crimson red, PR 112/12370-15630), Ohia (French vermillion orange, PR4 PY1), Acai bowl (French Lacquer red, PR12/12385), Monstera (Natural base G17). Lightfast: 8, except for Golden cactus, lightfast: 6. All matte except for Golden cactus (duochrome)

 

 

Hawaiian fruit superbowl: Pineapple (yellow matte), Papaya (disazo indian yellow, matte), Orange tree (pyrrolo orange, matte), Guava (rose madder, matte), Dragonfruit (magenta with gold shimmer), Avocado (pastel green, matte), Lilikoi (purple matte), Acai bowl (French Lacquer red, matte PR12/12385, pigment no longer available), Starfruit (yellow shimmer), Tangerine (orange shimmer). Lightfast: 8, except for Tangerine & Starfruit, lightfast: 6-7

Discontinued. The pigment for Acai bowl unfortunately is no longer available. 

 

DISCONTINUED

Aloha liquids, Kona series (6 bottles à 10ml): (left to right)Kona sunrise, Kona orange, Kona Kandy, Kona Kai, Kona Magic, Kona Tiki. They are dye based but also contain lots of glitter. Shake the bottle well before use and open very carefully. Available as singles (Kona Tiki, Magic, Kai). Discontinued as a full set due to reported problems with Kona Orange and Kona Kandy. Discontinued

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Trick or Treat set: Candy (pink shimmer, aloha mix), Witch hat (purple gray shimmer, aloha mix), Pumpkin (orange shimmer, aloha mix), Ghost (green glow-in-the-dark). Discontinued


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Dark magic set: Dark magic (duochrome purple and black shimmer, aloha mix), Blue dragon (blue shimmer), Wednesday Addams (pink shimmer with coarse black glitter, aloha mix), Black cat (black shimmer), Blue ghost (blue glow-in-the-dark). Discontinued


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Autumn leaves set: Starfruit (yellow shimmer), Tangerine (orange shimmer).Discontinued


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Hula Christmas set: Hula princess special edition (gold shimmer), Poinsettia (alizarin crimson red: PR 112.12370, matte), Snowflake (silver shimmer), Hawaiian Holly (green shimmer, aloha mix). Lightfast: 8 (best). Also available as regular edition (with Hula princess in a regular half pan)Discontinued


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Aloha Pastels set: Hibiscus (ultramarine rose, PR259), Avocado (green, PBr7 & PY53), Monk seal (slate gray, Carbonates of calcium, manganese, iron: Fe2O3+SiO2+Al2O3+CaO+MgO), Ice Queen (light turquoise, G7(74260) & PW6),  Poi (pastel purple, PV15 & PW6), Plumeria (light lemon yellow, PY53). All lightfast: 8. All matte.Discontinued


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But first coffee: Dark roast (caput mortuum matte, PR101) and Kona Jazz (bronze gold shimmer), Lightfast: 8.Discontinued


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Aloha Love set: Pink Pearl (chinacridone rose PV 19 with pearl glimmer), Hula Goddess (rose gold shimmer), Deep sea (indanthrone blue, PB 60, matte). Discontinued


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Snowblue:

– Snowflake (silver shimmer), Blue dragon (blue shimmer). Discontinued


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Lava island set: Jacaranda (manganese purple with a hint of shimmer), Lava (black, aloha mix), Aolani (Chinese vermillion), Orchid (chinacridone pink). Lightfast: 8

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Aloha liquids, Puna series (5 bottles à 10ml): (bottom to top): Puna berry, Puna thunder, Puna nights, Puna forest, Puna cocoa. They are dye based but also contain lots of glitter. Shake the bottle well before use and open very carefully. Discontinued. 

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Aloha liquids, Maui series (3 bottles à 10ml, left tor right): Maui Coral, Maui purple, Maui limu. Limu means seaweed in Hawaiian. They are dye based but also contain lots of glitter. Shake the bottle well before use and open very carefully. Discontinued. 

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Beach vibes set: Pink Ginger (pink, aloha mix), Summer Sky (azure blue, PB15:4/PG7), Jade vine (phtalo turquoise PB 15:3, PG 7), Beach (yellow ochre, Natural loam, limonite CI Y43). Lightfast: 8. All matte. Discontinued: The pigment for Beach is not available anymore. 

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Princess Moana set: Hula princess (shimmer gold), Moana (Prussian blue, PB 27:1, matte), Aolani (rouge vermillion -de chine, PR3, matte). Lightfast: 8. discontinued. 

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Aloha Basics set, discontinued.

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Matcha Magic:

-Moku (phtalo green and gold shimmer)
Magic Jungle (interference white to green shimmer)
Sea grape (victoria green, matte, PG51)
Eucalyptus (Nicosia green earth, matte, PG23)
Matcha (moss green, matte)

Lightfast: 8, except for Magic Jungle (unknown)

Discontinued