Ideal for those new to the medium, these sets feature transparent watercolors and a step-by-step plan that makes it easy for aspiring artist to start painting with watercolors. The paints can be applied and thinned with water. The more water used, the lighter the color of the paint. Artists can apply many transparent layers on top of one another, but after drying the paints are not waterproof. The 8-color set includes yellow, scarlet, alizarin crimson, ultramarine, deep green, yellow ochre, burnt umber and Payne's gray in 12ml tubes. The 12-color set contains one 12ml tube each of Chinese white, yellow, scarlet, alizarin crimson, ultramarine, cerulean blue phthalo, yellowish green, deep green, yellow ochre, burnt sienna, burnt umber and Payne's gray.