I am not a professional artist by any stretch of the imagination but I do dabble in crafts every now and then. Recently, I decided to try my hand at using watercolors to paint a wooden picture frame. I looked at several different brands of watercolors but ultimately decided on Prang.
Actually, I am no stranger to this brand because Prang were the watercolors I always bought for my children when they were young. Prang watercolors just last longer than other brands, period. They were, and still are, a little more expensive than other brands but they are well worth it in my opinion.
Not only do they last longer but they also perform better. They don't crack in the pan even after extended periods of non-use. They are thick yet only require a small drop of water to loosen the paint for the brush. They also provide great coverage along with stay bright colors, even when dry. I chose Prangs' metallic watercolors in shades of red, orange, green, blue, yellow and gold. These paints have a slight shimmer when dry and were perfect for my project.
I bought my set at Michael's Crafts but you can find them in almost any Arts and Crafts outlet and probably the more common super stores. Don't waste your money on cheap watercolors that are too runny and don't last, try Prang... you'll be glad you did.