Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor Paints
Daniel Smith Fine Watercolors are a classic watercolor of unsurpassed purity and permanence formulated to meet and exceed the highest industry standards. Every batch of watercolor paint tested and analyzed for its performance qualities of:
- Color value
- Tinting strength
- Particle size
A worldwide leader of watercolors for artists, Daniel Smith offers a large selection of beautiful colors in the 15ml watercolor tubes. Many are traditional colors relied upon by all artists and many are "truly unique" colors made only by Daniel Smith.
Daniel Smith was the first manufacturer to use the high-performance Quinacridone pigments for artists paints. Quinacridone pigments were developed for the automotive industry which requires extremely lightfast and durable paints. The Quins are known for their brilliant color and for their luminous transparency which make them wonderful for watercolors.
Made from minerals, PrimaTek Watercolors are often made with semi-precious minerals that have been ground into pigments, mixed with gum arabic (the binder) and milled. The first was Lapis Lazuli Genuine in 1998. Since then, many more have been added, such as Amethyst Genuine, Piemontite Genuine and Serpentine Genuine. Most of these colors have wonderful granulating effects that some artists have called "magical".
Having special optical effects, Luminescent Watercolors are perfect for subjects that have a sparkle, sheen or reflective glow like the iridescence of hummingbird feathers or the sheen of metals.
Daniel Smith has developed safe and vibrant Cadmium Hues with the density and richness of cadmium colors without the cadmium pigment. Virtually identical in color to their namesakes, they are cleaner in mixtures and much stronger in tints. The working properties – staining power, semi-transparency and excellent lightfastness – are nearly identical to those of the low-soluble cadmium colors Daniel Smith previously manufactured.