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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.
Learn to paint step-by-step with these comprehensive watercolor kits. They're packed with everything you need — just add water! Choose Floral or Spring. Each kit includes:
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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I would buy this again
By Dorothy E
from Mary Esther,FL.
Comments about Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors:
#Sweepstakes I have bought these for quite a few years, great pigmentation and a little goes a long way. Great selection of colors, they work well by themselves or in collage work.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Rock Springs,WY
from Valley Forge PA
The Quin's give a punch of "a little something" to take my washes over the edge & mix beautifully.
I love the selection of colors
from Los Angeles
from San Jacinto CA
I was not familiar with QOR but now I will definitely buy more tubes of paint. I'm impressed.
Wonderful Paints to work with
from Cincinnati, Ohio
I love using these paint. Wonderful consistency and the colors are fabulous.
Images shared by Marisa
Love Daniel Smith!
Most of these colors were a re-order so obviously I like this paint!
Daniel Smith paint is top notch
from Pensacola, FL
I've been wanting to try Daniel Smithpaint for awhile and just took this opportunity. I'm not disappointed at all. The vibrancy of the color is striking. I will be trying more colors. The price and ease of ordering will keep me coming to Dick Blicks.
from Boston, MA
I recently purchased two tubes of Daniel Smith watercolor to add to my Van Gogh watercolor palette (which I love). Bloodstone and Moonglow are beautiful, complex, and enchanting colors - quite unlike the standard colors included in the Van Gogh palette.....I'd love to get a few more colors like them in the future.
Adding to my palette!
from Chewelah, WA
DS watercolors fill out most of my palettes - particularly interested in collecting more of the granulating neutrals and earthtones. Quality is NEVER an issue!!
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Testing: Lunar Violet, Lunar Blue, Graphite Gray, German Greenish Raw Umber, and a few others.
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