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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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Excelent color stability
from Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Impecable in all senses.
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These are my favorites!
I've tried quite a few different brands of watercolor paints, but these have gotten my hooked. I try to buy a few tubes every time I save up some money. The one minor complaint I have is the "exploding" problem with many of the new tubes when opened for the first time. I always have a palette close by to put the excess paint that oozes out on so it doesn't go to waste. They have made my paintings look better.
Wonderful, rich water color. Unfortunately Blick's shipping has now become rather slow. Laura Coffey,MFA
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Unbelievably great watercolor
from Austin, TX
I love the Daniel Smith watercolor line - the pigments are heavy, and so it's easier to clean your brushes, unlike with some synthetic pigments. His quinacridone family is amazing. Payne's Grey might not be what you're used to, so I'd go with his Payne's Blue-Grey. Absolutely wonderful watercolor.
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Love These Watercolors!
from Tulsa, OK
I bought the Prima Tek set and the effect the granulation makes is just gorgeous. The paint reacts really well with water, with no cracking whatsoever. Will definitely be buying more of that line in the near future!
Definitely would recomend
Though these paints can seem pricey to those not used to professional grade paints they are amazing. I put them into half pans and the reactivation is great. My colors have been coming out more vividly and have had 0 problems so far.
Gorgeous paint, impressive selection
I've been wanting to try Daniel Smith watercolors for a long time and I wish I hadn't waited! DS Primateks and other colors are like no one else's, and Blick sells them at a reasonable price. These are a must try for the watercolorist. If you want to sample the colors first, DS sells (and sometimes offers free with purchase) sets of dotted sample sheets. My favorites so far are Shadow Violet, Hematite Burnt Scarlet, Piemontite Genuine, and Undersea Green. Fantastic paints!
The best tube watercolor available
By Courtney Snowstorm
from Fredericksburg, VA
I've worked with many tube watercolor paints and this is absolutely the most professional looking paint without costing an arm and a leg. The saturation of the colors stay so pure even diluted down to nearly just water. It makes such a huge difference to use good quality paints for your end product. #sweepstakes
Quality and choice!
Excellent pigments. I use them dry and I can get nice rich tones with out scrubbing forever. I am trying more of the mineral offerings. So fun! Different tones and textures possible with those.
My favorite brand of watercolors
from castle rock, wa
I use this watercolors almost exclusively in my commissions and finished works. I'm lucky enough to have quite a collection of other brands but these are by far my favorite.
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