VaVa Voom Viviva Vivid Red, say that three times fast. Today I began swatching the full range of Viviva colors in my hands, currently about 30. This is a brand new product for me, little pads of "color sheets" imbued with very vivid, transparent watercolor that has been baked onto the sheet and magically transforms when activated with a water brush into pigment. It then dries right back up and you can tuck the whole paper palette pad and water brush conveniently in your pocket or purse. Perfect for a sketchbook artist, right?? I choose Vivid Red to begin with because it is the color of an also new to me Rhododendron that just exploded into bright red lollipop bouquet yesterday,
I don't have much in the way of technical data for you yet, but I can say my first experience with viviva color sheets has been enjoyable. I had a bit of a learning curve to begin with as the consistency is of course quiet different than what I was used to, water to paint (chip) was hard to ascertain initially, but I was feeling more confident as the sketch moved along. I found the value range to be had excellent and the ability to layer wash over wash over wash outstanding. But inherent in their nature, and likely by design, they pigment dries in a hurry. I found it a little difficult to lift this color anyway and I imagine that is due to the intensity and its ability to stain. But after a little time playing, I found work arounds and ways to reactivate a layer to some degree to at least soften an edge that had dried before I got to it in the first pass.
What is extraordinary about this set of color sheets is that I can now jump right into a watercolor sketch in my little book the minute I hit the trail. I am sure I will have more to say as I work my way through the two sets I have, but for now, kudos to Viviva Color, innovative and creative. Here is a link to their site so you can see for yourself.
“I am a contemplative artist who has trouble accessing verbal skills. Finding the right words to talk about the amazing things I observe around me can be frustrating. It is much more natural for me to pick up a paintbrush, some embroidery floss or my camera when I wish to share some new discovery. The artwork I create is meant to be enjoyed on whatever level the viewer experiences it and not layered with complex meaning. Feathers, fur, flowers and the incredible variation I find in wildlife not only inspire me, but compel me to share every nuance with you.