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Daniel Smith Watercolors

Giveaway to the first customers making purchases – see the end of this post if you’re in a hurry for some quick recommendations!

I’m excited to share my new friends with you. They’re all dressed up as tubes of paint, but they’re COLOR. Just lovely, delicious watercolor inside! There’s an epic amount of info in this post, since I wanted to introduce three easy (read: less expensive!) ways to get to know these watercolors. I’m just getting started – so please be patient as I am learning too! There are lots of links to resources too – so feel free to pin this or bookmark it to come back to later.

Notice in the photo above that some of the tubes are wee little – 5ml, a little over a pan’s worth of color by my estimation (ie a pretty decent amount!!) – and some are big – 15ml, nearly 4 pans of color – so be sure to choose wisely if you start any shopping. Prices on paints vary widely because of the availability and processing of the minerals/pigments they’re made from as well as tube size, so be aware of what you’re purchasing.

Important disclosure: I began purchasing my Daniel Smith watercolors a while back; once I met the good folks there, they chose to provide me with many more colors so I can have them for testing and teaching you here on my blog and YT. Daniel Smith has no editorial control over anything I say about their paints, but I am able to reach out to them with product questions, so if things come up – I can get answers from people who know. (They have chemists! Holy cow. I wanna have lunch with chemists sometime. Wouldn’t that be fascinating?)

Also – affiliate links are used in this post; read more here.

Without further ado, let’s get going – there are three sections, each with a video. Settle in with a nice cup of something tasty, and let’s get to know some paints together!

Daniel Smith Sample Dot Charts

While the downloadable color chart is helpful and has great info on it, these dot charts are a pretty genius idea. No idea if they’re the only company who makes them, but they’re a great way to know what colors you’re ordering! The little dots are paint – so you touch your wet brush to them to pick up color. In the video I show you my crazy way of making a swatch chart, then a MUCH easier way. Go ahead, laugh at/with me, I went the hard route! I thought a hex chart was in the offing but these charts are arranged in a chroma order anyway; specialty groups of colors like iridescents are kept together because of their properties, so when you swatch it out, you’ll see what I mean. (Measurements for the strips seen in the video: 1/2″ x 7″.)

NOTE: I believe that purchases of the dot chart don’t qualify for the freebie – but if you’re getting the chart of 238, you’ll be seeing the same colors that are in the freebie anyway, so no loss there. Details on the giveaway are toward the end of this post.

See the video below or watch it HERE on YouTube.

Daniel Smith Essentials set (6)

The set of 6 colors in the Essentials packs a lot of bang for the buck. There are 3 warm RYBs and 3 cool RYBs in it; click HERE to download a PDF with information about each color (information I compiled from their website). You can mix a nearly infinite variety of colors using just these 6, and in the video I show you how I made two charts. (Download both the color wheel and box chart instructions HERE.)

And I need to let you know I made a little booboo in this video. It only impacts the color wheel – the cool and warm blues are swapped by accident. However the good news in that? It still WORKED. No need to be 100% certain to keep track of cools and warms, they’ll just give you different effects! And if you don’t know if a color is cool or warm – just play with it and the colors you have! Watch the video below or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.



Daniel Smith Primateks

Next up are the Primatek paints. I wanted to give these their own special look because while at CHA, I showed you all the booth – and the glittery paints! And it’s important to know that these are not all glittery – but some of them are and oh, how special! Colors with glitter content: Red Fuchsite, Bronzite (glitteriest!), Burnt Bronzite, Amethyst, Fuchsite, Kyanite (great for twinkly skies), Sugilite, and I hope I didn’t miss any!) See them twinkle in the video. Others are just very natural colors, and many are granulated – meaning they have varying degrees of texture – as these come from natural minerals – if you’re the type who likes colors like these, well you’re about to get really happy! Watch the video below, or click HERE to see it in HD on YouTube.

This set of grapes was painted using the set of 6 primatek paints:primatekcard

Giveaway and quick recommendations

If you saw the vlog today (HERE), you’ll know there is a freebie for the first 300 customers purchasing Daniel Smith paint (tubes not charts). If you want quick recommendations so you can try to get that freebie……

  • The 6 Essentials set is fabulous – especially if you don’t have watercolors yet. Perfect place to start, and you can create many colors from just those 6.
  • Primatek set – for those who want to try out the natural colors and the Amethyst that sparkles.
  • Below are some colors I find very interesting – and a few I picked out knowing you guys like bright colors! If you wanted to try just one, see if something here fits into a gap your current paints are missing. Descriptions are below.

Sandy Allnock color suggestions

  1. New Gamboge (15ml, 5ml). Closest to my Copic Y17, so you know it had to be on the list! Transparent.
  2. Manganese Blue Hue (15ml, 5ml). A cheerful sky blue – transparent pigment, granulating.
  3. Cobalt Teal Blue (15ml, 5ml). Another for blue skies, semi-transparent, ideal for glazing methods.
  4. Kyanite Genuine (PrimaTek)(15ml only). Rich blue-gray with impressive granulation and dazzling, glittery sparkle.
  5. Quinacridone Gold(15ml, 5ml). Replaces Raw Sienna but considerably more transparent for glazing and mixing.
  6. Carbazole Violet(15ml, 5ml). Granular blue-violet is an intense, vibrant color, high-staining.
  7. Sap Green(15ml, 5ml). Versatile green, mixes well with most pigments to create natural foliage.
  8. Payne’s Gray(15ml, 5ml). Semi-transparent blue gray. Waters, clouds, rocks and more.
  9. Quinacridone Coral(15ml, 5ml). Clear red tinged with pink and orange. Vivid clarity and intensity!
  10. Quinacridone Violet(15ml, 5ml).  Disperses evenly with slight granulation and moves from deep darks to clear, glowing washes.
  11. Green Apatite Genuine (PrimaTek)(15ml, 5ml). Sedimentary color in which browns settle out of a vivid natural green. YUM.
  12. Burnt Umber(15ml, 5ml). Rich dark brown earth pigment; semi-transparent.
  13. Quinacridone Rose(15ml, 5ml). Versatile, plays well with lots of other colors to make stunning sunsets and flowers.
  14. Opera Pink(15ml, 5ml).  The most vivid of all pinks, a hint of fluorescent pink granulation. Just wow.
  15. Hooker’s Green(15ml, 5ml). Warm, natural green…an Irish green.
  16. Bronzite Genuine (PrimaTek)(15ml, 5ml). Warm honey-bronze color with lustrous sparkle!!!

Other supplies used:

MORE coming up!

During the week of February 15-19, I’ll be hosting a paint-along! Stay tuned for more details soon…but make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss a thing!

36 thoughts on “Daniel Smith Watercolors

  1. […] yet made a color chart with reds yellows and blues yet? Get on […]

  2. Sandy, thank you so much for so helpfull info. God bless you! Hugs abd kisses, Nina.

  3. I recenyly made my first investment in the Daniel Smith line. Thanks for your informative videos. I am ready!

  4. Hi

    Does the primatek garnet sparkle? In the video ut looks like it has a slight sparkle.

  5. Awesome work Sandy! Thank you so much for this outlay of Daniel Smith Watercolors!! You rock!

  6. Still not able to get the link to work to buy your Copic chart 🙁

    1. I honestly have no idea what else I can do; try another browser?

  7. Thank you for the amount of work you did for us Sandy!! I will be watching each of these videos several times. I fell in love with the Primatek’s when you scoped them from CHA, though these are not colors I would like to work in. I sure do love the colors though! Thank you for telling us that they don’t ALL sparkle. I thought that they did, so was glad to know which ones did and which ones didn’t. I love the color chart that you shared with us. While you were doing it you mentioned that you would link to a glazing chart that you made in the description below and I couldn’t find it. Is it there and I am missing it? I took the OCC and wanted to see what your glazing chart looked like. When I did mine, I must not have used the same amount of water in the blue as the other colors because it dominates the chart. Oh well. I have to say though, that even though I’m just sure I’ll die if I mix colors :), I didn’t! I even had some fun and thought I would give your chart a try. It’s hard to break these “barriers,” but I intend to!

    1. I linked it in the YT description, I’ll try to do that in this blog post tomorrow. 🙂

  8. I just started to watercolor recently and have purchased Daniel Smith, M. Graham and Windsor & Newton paints. Daniel Smith’s are my favorite of the three brands. Sandy, I’m do glad your doing watercolor videos and enjoyed you in the Online Watercolor Class Intermediate…. Can’t wait for what you have in store for us next week thank you so much!! God Bless You

  9. beautiful colors!! I would like to have just 3 primary colors to see what I could make from that!!

  10. Thank you for the thoroughly informative videos. For someone who says she has no patience, to draw out those squares, paint the lines with masking tape and mix all those paints, I think that is the very definition of patience 🙂 I love the paints, especially the sparkly ones and look forward to seeing more projects with them.

  11. Ok, I dove off the deep end! Did not wade in, I dove. Yikes!

    1. Stay tuned – I’ll keep teaching, and I hope you’ll learn along with me!

  12. Oh my…how do you do… what you do? Don’t you ever sleep, take a break, or rest to recoup. Thanks for all your knowledge.

    1. Days like today – I feel like I need a rest. Hey – that’s what I’ll do. No more videos til Monday! Whee 😉

  13. Thank you for your time and effort. You give so much to educate us on products and teach us techniques. Your videos, swatches, cards, photos, etc, are all so helpful. I was intrigued by the Primateks when I saw them on your CHA Periscope, so I hopped on over to Ellen Hutson to get that set of 6….. love that card in today’s post that you painted with them.

  14. Hi Sandy,I need your help.I received 67 YES!67 different tubes of WATERCOLOR paints from so far 4different makers.I have no clue as to how good they are and was hoping you could brush me up on your knowledge of them.They are Holbein,Windsor Newton, Grumbacher,and Sakura koi.I’d like to have your opinion of there artist grade.Thank you Sandy For any help you can give me.

    1. Most of those brands are good – Koi, from all I know, is not professional grade. But each manufacturer usually makes a student grade AND artist/pro grades. It’s hard to know what they are sometimes as the companies don’t always say so on their packaging, but you can google for more info on any of the paints.

      1. Thanks Sandy.Did some searching but doesn’t give me feedback on my exact ones.That’s why I contacted you.Thank you again.BLESSED day

  15. I have never bought tube water color paints before but I will be adding them to my “I want to buy” list after reading this post and watching the videos. (I was a little confused at first because I watched and read everything in the wrong order but once the read the blog post I got straightened out.) Thank you for your time to do this it helps some one like me not be so intimidated by knowing where to begin.

  16. So much fantastic info, Sandy. Thanks for paving the way for us!

  17. Thanks for this post. I will be back to read it all.

  18. wow… thanks so much… the color chart i found very amazingly helpful… i have not understood the color wheel as well as today:) take care… it is so awesome to be able to learn these things.. those of us who are in physical distress and therefore.. do not have jobs now and cant afford taking classes! nobody wants pity;)…But I am EsPecially thankful as i know this info comes from unpaid hard work and well filled-up time like yours! 3cheers;) !!!

  19. Thanks again Sandy for doing all the research. You are always a great source for candid reviews and information. I’ve been mulling over which tubes to start with and this post really helped…now on to EH!

  20. Sandy , I thought french ultramarine is warm and phthalo blue gs is cool. Could u confirm.thanks.

    1. Both in the post above and on the video page, I already apologized for being human and making a mistake. 🙂

  21. Sandy, I have a question regarding the Affiliate Links. Do I have to go to your site and click the link each time I buy from one of those vendors? I *try* to remember, but I don’t think I always do….

    1. The “cookies” stay for a week or two I think – the “most recent” link you click is the one that gets the credit. Does that make sense?

      1. It sure does! I think I’ll just try to remember to go through your site each time! Better safe than sorry.

  22. All three videos are packed full of great information. TFS

  23. What a thorough and informative post! Thank you!

  24. Great series. Your card is beautiful and I really liked your second video…learned how to mix few colors to make color wheel and the color chart you made is awesome.

  25. What a great way to try out the paints by purchasing the cards. Thank you for the information!:)

  26. Your comment on lunch with chemists is funny…love that. Now I want to know stuff; at 18 or 19 I probably couldn’t spell chemist! Primatek hues look really nice!

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