I have been thinking that you are the one person who might really really enjoy these new paints. That is because of the watercolor-like element to them and your experience with that. I personally have a love/hate relationship so far but I am keeping an openness to them and trying to be challenged. I ask myself, what can I do with these that I can't do with what I already have.
Excuse me while I ramble a little.
I want to say these paints are for beginners and yet what I try to do with them is not beginner...I don't think. I want to say they are for background and yet I kept putting stuff in the front. I know I will mix them (mixed media) with other paints but first I want to see what they will do on their own. I don't like to load my brush by dipping in a jar and yet, I'm sure I have saved a lot of paint from drying up on my palette. They are a bit too creamy for my taste and they don't leave the canvas looking as though it is loaded. Do you know what I mean? But I did find that using the Golden soft gel matte or gloss over the painting is the answer to that. That is something I do on all of my paintings. It is a shame I only afforded 6 jars and yet I'm glad that I didn't spend anymore on them. Because of their transparency, they do have a spot on the paint shelf. Because of their transparency, I will need to use my Golden's with them. Did I say I have a love/hate relationship so far?
I always know when a painting is finished and am amused when I read someones blog who says, "I don't know yet if it is finished". It's not if you are wondering. It just means you need to pay attention to your muse and flow with her. I flowed with mine right out-of-the-box.
So, twice I have finished this one and yet I have it sitting here with me today at my desk and I swear I will not be able to resist one more finish that I tried to ignore last night. It is there. You won't see it until I show you. And I won't show you if I mess it up and what I want to do could very possibly mess it up. I recognize this as an argument with my muse and when that happens, I don't know who is on what side. Is she pushing me or stopping me?
I know how I jumped out. Of the box. I painted the first face and before it was finished, I knew we weren't going to be happy. And I thought to myself how safely I had placed the face right in the smoothest spot on the canvas strategically avoiding the texture. So I rotated the canvas to survey a better spot for a face and that is when it occurred to me that I should leave the face and see what would happened with this new transparent paint. Well it is fun out here. Outside. My box. So I looked for a place for the third face. I dared to do it.
And I am going to try to like these paints. Now knowing all of that, maybe you should try them.