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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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from Jesup GA
Excellent watercolor. If you don't like mixing colors, Daniel Smith is the paint for you. They have so many beautiful colors to choose from.
Color My World!
I feel like an artist every time I put color to paper. When it is wet on wet, Daniel Smith's color flow like magic, and I get to take credit for it. The colors mix and blend and shine and spread and wash and variegate and brighten my day. All the watercolor techniques, from washes to texture, create stunning effects. I especially like the value and intensity of DS paints. My special find was "Cascade Green." My evergreen trees have a 5th dimension. And, you must try all the Quinacridone colors. You don't need to pronounce it, just paint with it. Flowers have never had it so good.
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Look great. Have not tried them yet
from Miami and Chile
I have not been able to try them yet, but they look great.
First time using Daniel Smith and they are wonderful!
Wonderful product, vivid and bright, easy to work with, very impressed!
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Change of pigment in New Gamboge, beware!
from SE VA
I purchased several DS watercolors for a class which was rather specific about colors and pigments. Only when the paints came did I discover the New Gamboge was two mixed pigments rather than one, PY153. I contacted Dick Blick immediately mentioning the paint was not as expected. I was invited to send the paint back, pay for shipping which would be credited for a future purchase. I would have preferred to just return the paint and not worry about shipping, might not be worth the trouble to mail, so I could end up out the price of the paint. The other paints I received are as expected and I was surprised at the order coming 2 days earlier than expected. All in all, a decent experience.
My favorite watercolor brand
from Villa Rica, GA
The best watercolor paint I've used.
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from Aiken, South Carolina
It was very nice to receive the white paint in a timely manor.
Everything I've heard...and more!
By Studio DeFrance
from Fremont, CA
I had read about Daniel Smith's intense colors and "they" were right. Beautiful, vibrant color. I'll be adding more to my palette for sure!
Huge variety of rich, single pigment watercolors
By Ava Jarvis Art
from Seattle, WA
Daniel Smith has a very high number of single pigment paints that rewet well and have rich amounts of pigment load. I enjoy Daniel Smith's paints far more than Winsor & Newton, which surprised me, since my art tutor quite likes Winsor & Newton. I'm especially fond of Daniel Smith's Permanent Brown, which closely matches Schminke's Translucent Brown, and is great for mixing skin tones of all shades in combination with warm blues, warm reds, and warm/cool yellows.
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