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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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Adding to my palette!
from Chewelah, WA
Comments about Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors:
DS watercolors fill out most of my palettes - particularly interested in collecting more of the granulating neutrals and earthtones. Quality is NEVER an issue!!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Testing: Lunar Violet, Lunar Blue, Graphite Gray, German Greenish Raw Umber, and a few others.
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Love the rich colors
Daniel Smith Professional Watercolors
By Nancy Neeley
from Bargersville Indiana
I use Daniel Smith Paints and have used them for years.
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Watercolor using Daniel Smith paints
By Love to Paint
from Myrtle Beach, SC
DS paint is above average. I purchased the PimeTek and Essentials sample sets. The colors are dense and luminous. The 4/5 rating is for two reasons. The first is, until I experience a financial windfall and can afford to buy every DS color on the market, I need to use them in conjunction with other brands so it would be helpful if pigment information was on each tube for optimum use. The second reason for the rating is that I haven't tried all the lines of paint available to make a fair comparison. That said, I would be very content if DS was the only brand on my palette!
Best paint I've ever used!
from Hoodsport, WA
After trying Daniel Smith's water color paints, they are my main go tos.
from Alto, New Mexico
I purchased one Daniel Smith color, I needed, I purchased Winsor and Newton watercolors as a recommendation from my art school, but Winsor and Newton didn't carry one of the colors. I found the Daniel Smith to be very equivalent in value, rich color, consistency, workability, and brightness. I would not hesitate to use the Daniel Smith colors with my Winsome and Newton. I rate them right up there with the very best available for serious water color artists.
I would definitely buy Daniel Smith Watercolors again,
from Gravois MO
Watercolour paintings, love the color
great quality and awesome service
from Lewes, DE
I use these for paintings. Good solid quality that can be used to create many colors
I love DS watercolors
from Green valley, AZ
An amazing selection and I've learned to buy the 15 ml size. They are a great quality WC.
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I WANT THEM ALL!
from Baltimore, Md
ABSOLUTELY LOVE DANIEL SMITH S watercolor line ! THEY DO NOT DISAPPOINT! I only wish I had purchased them sooner. Other brands may be cheaper, BUT, as the saying goes, YOU ONLY GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR ! LOVE THEM ! The pigment is VERY strong in these and a little bit goes a LONG WAY !
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