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Available in an astounding range of more than 235 colors, Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors are made by hand in Seattle, Washington. This superior-quality watercolor line includes historical hues, amazing earths, and some of the brightest and boldest quinacridones ever formulated.
More highly pigmented and finely ground than any watercolors on the market, Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors also boast superior lightfastness, with 235 of the colors rated LR I or II. They have excellent brushing properties, resulting in clear, clean washes even when colors are layered.
Daniel Smith's PrimaTek Watercolors let you flood your work with antiquity's most precious hues, such as Hematite, Tiger's Eye, Rhodonite, and Lapis Lazuli — gemstones and minerals that have captured artists' imaginations for hundreds if not thousands of years. These colors are made with authentic mineral pigments. Their effects are amazing and diverse, from warm and subtle to sparkling and vibrant.
The Extra Fine Luminescent Watercolors employ miniscule particles of titanium-coated mica to achieve their dazzling properties. Use them alone or mix them with standard colors for striking effects. Iridescent/Pearlescent colors appear almost colorless straight from the tube, but when applied over a dark ground they create a fascinating sense of depth, along with intense color and sheen. Interference colors take on different hues depending on how the light is striking them from various points of view. For example, Interference Green looks like a shimmering, pearly green from one angle, but from another refracts a reddish hue. Duochrome colors bounce between two distinct colors depending on the reflective light — pure visual excitement!
12-Color Set with FREE 238 Color Watercolor Sample Card
This collection includes all the colors in the Essentials and PrimaTek sets for a total of 12, 5 ml (0.17 oz) tubes of watercolor. You also get a FREE pack of four watercolor sample cards, featuring paintable dots of 238 Extra Fine Watercolors. Great for anyone who loves trying new paint colors.
238-Color Watercolor Sample Card
238 dots of Extra Fine Watercolor span four sheets of watercolor paper, so you can try out almost any color in the line without buying a whole tube of paint. With the touch of a wet brush, the dried dots of pure Daniel Smith Watercolor become brilliant, brushable watercolor. Each dot is labeled with essential color info (name, series, lightfastness, etc.) for easy reference.
66-Color Watercolor Sample Card
66 paintable dots introduce you to more than a quarter of the colors in the Extra Fine collection, including PrimaTek and Luminescent Watercolors. With the touch of a wet brush, the dried dots of pure Daniel Smith Watercolor become brilliant, brushable watercolor. Each dot is labeled with essential color info (name, series, lightfastness, etc.) for easy reference.
Alvaro Castagnet's Master Artist Set with FREE 238 Color Watercolor Sample Card
This set features a 10-color palette chosen by watercolor artist Alvaro Castagnet and includes Burnt Sienna Light, a specially formulated color available only in this collection. The other colors are Cobalt Blue, Deep Scarlet, Hansa Yellow Deep, Mayan Orange, Neutral Tint, Pyrrol Red, Ultramarine Blue, Viridian, and Yellow Ochre in 5 ml (0.17 oz) tubes. You also get a FREE pack of four watercolor sample cards, featuring paintable dots of 238 Extra Fine Watercolors. Great for anyone who loves trying new paint colors.
Extra Fine Essentials Set
This set contains Daniel Smith's six most popular primary and secondary colors, including Hansa Yellow Light, New Gamboge, Quinacridone Rose, Pyrrol Scarlet, Phthalo Blue Green Shade, and French Ultramarine Blue. 5 ml tubes.
Made with genuine mineral pigments, the effects of Daniel Smith PrimaTek Watercolors are amazing and diverse, from warm and subtle to sparkling and vibrant. This set lets you test them out in 5 ml tubes. The set contains Rhodenite Genuine, Jadeite Genuine, Amethyst Genuine, Mayan Blue Genuine, Hematite Genuine, and Piemontite Genuine.
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Shipping Note — Due to manufacturer distribution restrictions, Daniel Smith products cannot be shipped to addresses outside of North America.
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Finest Watercolors on the market for nature, landscapes!
from Addy, WA
Comments about Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors:
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love the colors
Fantastic value for quality
By WaterColor lover
from Arbor Vitae, Wisconsin
Love that I can get them for a fair price anytime I need them.
Wonderful watercolor paints
Wonderful watercolor paints. Great color selection.
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Very small tubes of paint in the 12 pack only .17ml each
from Ludington, MI
The quality of these paints is excellent. I did not look closely enough to see that these 12 tubes (in the bundle pack) are only .17ml, smaller than a small baby finger. All individual paints listed are 5ml or 15 ml. So understand that you are not getting as great a deal as it appears. read the fine print. The paint sample sheets are really great! not only are they actual paint samples (which can be activated with water), but it gives the properties of the colors as well. This offset the minimal tube sizes.
Best of the Best
Wonderful colors and textures. I love them, but they are expensive.
Some terrific colors
Daniel Smith has some terrific colors not found in any other brand. One of my favorites is the Undersea Green.
High Quality Professional Watercolors
from Taos, New Mexico
I've been painting with watercolors for 30+ years and found out about Daniel Smith watercolors a few years ago. The colors are vibrant and the price is right. Dick Blick is so easy to deal with, they ship quickly and always package items safely. I have never had issues with opening a box and finding that things have opened and spilled over everything like I have with other places that I no longer do business with. In my opinion Dick Blick is the best.
The only paints I buy...
By Jason M
from Payson, IL
Daniel Smith by far has the best color intensity/vibrancy of any paints. Second would be Windsor & Newton Professional Grade. I highly recommend these watercolors..they really are the best.
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors
from Rhode Island
I love this paint. I am a beginning art student and never realized what pigment really was until I purchased this paint. I don't feel that there is really that much of a difference in cost but my opinion is that in color it can't be beat
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