Aloha Watercolors

Honey-based watercolors, handmade in Hawaii

The brandnew store is open now over at alohawatercolors.com. Next restock on May 31 at 9 am Hawaii time

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, US shipping only. Please subscribe to my newsletter to stay up to date about new colors and infos about shipping worldwide again, thanks! Also due to the current situation, a few companies I buy pigments from are currently not shipping.  As a result I’m not able to offer all colors and sets at the moment. 

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-woman-business and I love what I do! However, it takes time & patience to produce watercolors. Every batch is mixed and mulled meticulously. It takes several weeks to finish with drying and layering every single pan. Some paints need 4 layers with drying times of up to one week in between each layer.

The range of colors is continually growing (May 2020: over 100 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 (coming out May 31 in the Whale song set). 

New colorshifts (not pictured): Laka, Namaka, Hina, Waka, Pele, Poli’ahu (Goddess vol. 1 set),  Octopus (part of the Whale song set, coming out May 31).

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

Next shop update May 31, 2020 at 9 am Hawaii time. 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

Many of my paints are single pigments, which means that I use only one pigment to mix the paint. However, I have a few 2 or more pigment mixes which I call “aloha mix“. Moku, for example, consists out of 5 different pigments, 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 only 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. The binder is hand mixed by me and contains gum arabic, Organic Hawaiian honey from the Big Island and glycerine.

The Aloha Liquids are pigment AND dye based. They aren’t as lightfast as the solid colors (although I’ve conducted lightfastness tests for the liquids for almost one year now that showed only a very slight change of color) but incredibly bright and super glittery. Ideal for lettering and blending. If you’d like to protect your artwork, coat it with a layer of clear UV varnish (available in spray cans).

Here are the sets I’ve created so far:

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) again May 31. As a full set available again in June 2020.

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. Available again May 31

 

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. Available again May 31

 


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 as pre-order on May 31. Will be shipped after June 5. 

 

Matcha Magic:

-Moku (phtalo green and gold shimmer)
Magic Jungle (intereference 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)

Available again May 31


Mokulani:

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

Available again June 2020


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 May 31


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), Starfruit (yellow shimmer), Tangerine (orange shimmer). Lightfast: 8, except for Tangerine & Starfruit, lightfast: 6-7

Available again May 31


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 May 31


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 (77288)). Lightfast: 8, except for Golden cactus, lightfast: 6. All matte except for Golden cactus (duochrome)

Available again May 31


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 June 2020


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 again May 31, 2020


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 May 31 2020


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

Available again May 31, 2020


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.

Available again June 2020


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 (Schweinfurt green PG 21, matte). Lightfast: 8, except for Mermaid and Sunset, lightfast: 6.

Available again May 31, 2020


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 summer 2020


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).

Available again November 2020


 

DISCONTINUED SETS:

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).


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).


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


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)


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.


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


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


Snowblue:

– Snowflake (silver shimmer)

– Blue dragon (blue shimmer)


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


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

Aloha Basics set, discontinued.

Kalani (ultramarine blue PB29) is available as single pan.