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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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Excellent quality watercolors
from Southern Arizona
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Still the best watercolors out there.
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First time using Daniel Smith!
I will be gradually switching to Daniel Smith. A little overpriced bit gorgeous colors. Exceptional paints.
Excitng colors and quality
I have been using this color for years, really puches up the paintings
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from Venice, FL
I have used many different watercolors over time but nothing compares to the superior quality of Daniel Smith watercolors. The creamy consistency, vibrant colors & excellent coverage make these watercolors a pleasure to use.
Trying Daniel Smith paints to restart watercolor painting
Have been working with Daniel Smith paints since restarting painting last year. Love the quinacridone colors for their intensity and transparency. Daniel Smith offers more colors than any other watercolor manufacturer. Lots more yet to try.
Lunar black good for textures in watercolour
from Oslo, Norway
I alter between Mars black from w&n from Old Holland, but recently I saw some fantastic patterns in a student work, made with Lunar Black from Daniel Smith
I buy this product quite often.
By Hobo joe
from Pittsburgh, pa
These are some of the most common watercolors I buy and I find them of good quality.
Love the Danielle Smith Watercolors!
from Shelby Twp., MI
Danielle smith Watercolors has some very beautiful colors and paints that are unavailable with other brands. Their Interference, Iridescence, and Genuine colors are spectacular, offering another dimension to watercolors.
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Done with Danielle Smith's Iridescence Watercolors.
I love the choice of colors
from Van Nuys, CA
Finding the colors I couldn't find in other brand.
from Sausalito, CA
Ever since I discovered Daniel Smith paints I have slowly started to change over from other brands to this brand. The colors are so vibrant and they have some very interesting colors not available in other brands. I particularly like their quinacridone burnt orange, qionacridon gold, perylene violet, Verditer blue, transparent pyrrol orange and a great blue called kyanite genuine which has the look of a metallic finish when dry. These are just some of my favorite.
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Three Trees using kyanite genuine and transparent pyrrol orange.
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