W&N Cotman Sketchers Pocket Box 12 colour

Winsor and Newton Cotman Sketchers Pocket Box Watercolour set– 12 colour – Review

I had been wanting to get this set, but somehow kept trying everything else. But I can assure you that after buying it I am all the more happier. I was thrown off by many things. I am hoping this post will help you decide.

The first thing about this box is it is really genuinely pocket sized. It is a really compact plastic box with 12 half pans of watercolours. The most important thing in a sketchers set is to get the right blue and the right red along with ofcourse the right green. When I say right I mean a versatile colour, as you will not be carrying a lot of your other colours, this will be your basic palette and needs to be good enough to mix pretty much everything. This box is the best from that perspective, especially at this price range. It varied between 1,150 to 2,500 on Amazon.

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What it has

  1. Integral mixing palette in the lid
  2. A Pocket brush


The mixing palette is very useful and easy to maintain, the box in itself is very easy to carry and even more importantly easy to manage while standing and sketching. Another amazing part is that all the half pans are detachable so you can replace them with the shades you prefer most and create your own palette once these are empty. The pocket brush provided in the box is a very very small size brush, pretty much useful only for thin lines and detailing. You will need to carry another brush with this. Winsor And Newton have released another set called the “ Cotman Brush Pen Set” which is pretty much the same colours with a little bigger box and a water brush , you can decide the one you prefer more and buy that.

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Now the paints in itself – The colours are really good, no complaints there at all. The ultramarine blue is very fresh and perfect for skies and water, the red is deep and does the trick well. The cadmium yellow is bright and fresh, the sap green does well with nature sketches.


The 12 Colours available in this set are

  1. Lemon Yellow
  2. Cadmium Yellow
  3. Cadmium Red Pale Hue
  4. Crimson Alizarin
  5. Ultramarine Intense Blue
  6. Pthalo Blue
  7. Viridian Hue
  8. Sap Green
  9. Yellow Ochre
  10. Burnt Sienna
  11. Burnt Umber
  12. China White

And here is a swatch test video by Brightwritings

Swatch Test

An Urban Sketch I did with this set.


Over all this is a good buy for this range and it works quite well as a starter box for the ones venturing into sketching.