Tell Your Story In Color with DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors
Every painting has a story. At DANIEL SMITH it's our goal to make the painting process as memorable as your finished masterpiece. We've spent eighteen years developing the finest and most complete line of watercolor paint so you can create your own unique vision.
When you choose DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine™ Watercolors, your work will benefit from the extensive research put into all of our materials. Our passion for color is only the beginning; the rest of the story is yours to tell.
Building a Watercolor Palette
Since we started making our Extra Fine Watercolors in 1993, customers have responded by telling us about their favorite colors and combinations. Although each artist's method of color selection is unique, most agree to start with basics, add strong secondary tones, and mix in unique and interesting favorites.
Bold Basics Set the Stage for Brilliant Results
The key to a successful palette starts with high-quality paint in primary tones. Beginners to the most advanced painters benefit from a selection of warm and cool primaries for color mixing.
To make a fiery orange, try mixing New Gamboge (a warm yellow) with Pyrrol Scarlet (a warm red). Cool yellows (like Lemon Yellow) are slightly green and are useful for creating vibrant green shades.
These primary colors and their clean mixtures can be neutralized or brightened to suit your subject. Remember to add earthtones to complete your basic palette.
Secondary Colors Add Balance & Harmony to Your Work
Expand your palette with violets, greens and oranges to take your painting to the next level. These colors, situated between the primaries on your palette allow for complex and harmonious color relationships.
Some secondary colors are pre-mixed watercolors that are best bought by the tube because they are used so frequently (Sap Green is an example of a popular pre-mixed shade). Others are single pigment paints, like Quinacridone Burnt Orange, that add a serious pop to your palette but cannot be mixed using primary colors.
Create Drama with a Stunning Cast of Characters
Certain colors just have that "wow" factor. We've talked to many artists who find inspiration in the bold, unique and unusual pigments we offer.
Add dramatic effects with an authentic mineral pigment from our PrimaTek® line or create a jewel-like shimmer with a Luminescent watercolor. Customer favorites like Quinacridone Gold or Rhodonite are sure to add excitement to your process.
Ready for something new? Try a color from our Mayan Series!