Maimeri Blu (or MaimeriBlu) is a watercolor brand of Maimeri, an Italian art supplier company, part of the Fila Group (along with Lyra, Daler Rowney, and Canson, to name a few well-known companies). This artist-grade watercolor range was fully updated around 2016, with a unique approach: all colors are made from a single pigment (with some rarely used unique pigments), and they offer 90 colors.
Available in ½ pans (1.5 ml) and 12 ml tubes (usually watercolor tubes hold 15 ml). The paint is a bit sticky.
Pigments dispersed a blend of natural Kordofan gum arabic and glycerine and have an average uniform grain size: 5 microns.
They provide a detailed color chart with pigment information, transparency, granulation, lightfastness (on 1-3 scale, marked with stars). See page 109 in their general catalog.
The majority of the colors are transparent (51%).
Lightfastness is rated on a scale of three. Since almost all colors are marked with , (including, for example, 422 Indigo NB1), you better test lightfastness if it’s a concern of yours or check the individual pigment information.
Pigment information on the packaging
They provide pigment information on packaging. It’s crucial because manufacturers could change ingredients over time (for example, using different pigments because the old one was discontinued).
Maimeri has some promotional dot cards with 6 colors. On the Japanese market, you can also buy a full range dot-card.
Some uncommon/rare pigments, which are not frequently used in other brands:
|114 Permanent Yellow Deep||PY227||Niobium Sulfur Tin Zinc Oxide|
|116 Primary Yellow||PY97||Arylide Yellow FGL|
|117 Golden Yellow||PY183||Paliotol Yellow K227|
|125 Orange Lake||PO43||Perinone Orange|
|174 Crimson Lake||PR149||Perylene Scarlet|
|251 Permanent Red Light||PR168||Anthraqinone Scarlet|
|253 Permanent Red Deep||PR177||Anthraquinone Red|
|270 Dragon’s Blood||PBr25||Benzimidazolone Brown|
|296 Green Earth||PG23||Terre Verte|
|333 Green Gold||PY129||Copper Azomethine Green|
|350 Turquoise Green||PB16||Phthalocyanine turquoise|
|417 Cerulean Sky Blue||PB25||PB25|
|466 Quinacridone Violet||PV55||Quinacridone Purple|
|486 Sepia||PY164||Manganese Antimony Titanium Buff Rutile|
|560 Neutral Tint||PBk26||Manganese Ferrite Black|
Where to buy
It’s surprisingly hard to buy MaimeriBlu in Germany. Big art supply retailers (Gerstaecker, Boesner, Modulor) do not sell Maimeri online.
The best online source I’ve found is MomArte. The site is Italian, but they ship within the EU. I can only recommend them.
You can also buy from JacksonsArt (UK).