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Expand the possibilities of your watercolor practice with Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors, made by hand in Seattle, Washington. These superior-quality watercolors employ miniscule particles of titanium-coated mica to achieve their dazzling properties. Use them alone or mix them with standard watercolors for striking effects of light and color.
Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors are divided into three types — Iridescent/Pearlescent, Interference, and Duochrome.
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!
More highly pigmented and finely ground than any watercolor on the market, Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors have excellent brushing properties. All are single pigment colors with the top lightfast rating of LR I.
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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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from Concord, CA
Comments about Daniel Smith Luminescent Watercolors:
The paint went on well. It was easy to use. It did the job well of imitating the gold leafing on an origami star that I was painting in a still life.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Gainesville Florida
After finding your palette, it is fun to try something with unusual effects. Lovely - in feathers, fish scales, etc.A little goes a long way.
I loved this paint color!!!!
This is a beautiful color that worked well with my ocean picture.
By Pepeekeo painter
from Pepeekeo, HI
#sweepstakesI loved using this paint because it went on evenly without streaks yet it had a good transparency. The color is one that I couldn't find anywhere else.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Best metallic and luminescent paints I've ever used.
By Robert Sloan, A Proud Grandpa
from Russellville, Arkansas
Big generous tubes of rich, lovely metallic colors around the spectrum. Duochrome colors are wonderful for a shimmering combination hue, iridescents for a clear spectrum and Interference colors for a glorious "soap bubble" effect with flashing complementary glimmers.I use these much more than I expected to use iridescent paints. A fine glaze over a similar color gives richness without gaudiness, a stronger concentration gives as much special effects as I want, on up to bling on Christmas cards in their splendor. Interference colors are especially good for adding a little zing to snow scenes or sea foam, clouds, anything that in nature does get a bit of sparkle. Undersea scenes are often jazzed up by a glaze of Oceanic Duochrome over the entire scene - it vanishes, doesn't seem to be an iridescence so much as feel of being under water.I have a great many of these and also use the Iridescent Gold for gold details in medieval illuminations - where the pigment load and brightness exceed anything up to and including gold gouache. It's wonderful stuff.
Gorgeous shimmery color
By The Jeep Girl
from Monticello, Utah
These Daniel Smith luminescent watercolors are simply amazing. I have added quite a few to my large palette now and I think I am addicted. Love the shimmery look, it really adds something subtle and interesting to my paintings.
I just love the added shimmer this paint gives me. It is wonderful used alone or blended. Will definitely buy more colors! Enjoy.
Glorious Part 2
As in my previous review...you just cannot get any better quality!
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Loved this product!
from Dallas, TX
I had no plans to fool with "glittery" watercolor- well - I decided to try a tube of this - and also a very inexpensive Da Vinci product which also produces luminous effects. It's all so fun to paint with - no - it's not "classic water color" - but great for abstracts, line and wash, and if used in smaller amounts - just adds a tiny bit of glow. I bought the gold and mixed it in with other colors and it was fantastic. Here's the best part - this paint FEELS like heaven as you move it about the page - I can't explain it- but try it and the Da Vinci - watching the shimmer move and flow around the page- and the feel of it against your brush - it's heavenly. If you are into the abstract craze, you could go nuts with this paint and have so much fun. I am not really dong abstracts too much - but if I was - I would do this. Oh - also great for a look that is sort of "children's book" illustrator type impact. I was painting with it and my line and washes took on a fairy tale quality - not my style -but I just painted about 5 of them just to break out of my box. Really fun.
I didn't expect this paint to be so beautiful. The samples on Daniel Smith's web site make it look quite sheer and the color swatch here, well, doesn't do it justice at all. Perhaps the effect can't be photographed. I painted a border with it on white paper and it's stunning. Out of the tube, it's a satisfyingly opaque shimmery copper. You can mix it with other paints and the shimmer stays with it or add water for a sheer wash, but it's gorgeous however you use it. I'm not sure iridescent is accurate. I'd call it pearlescent, but it doesn't matter. I'm a fan.
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