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!!!

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MORE coming up!

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