Extra Fine Watercolors are highly pigmented and vibrant paints with excellent brushing properties and color strength, even when mixed with Titanium White. This line of over 250 unique colors spans the spectrum from historical and natural earth tones to bold Quinacridones.
Included in this wide color range are:
Luminescent (Iridescent, Interference and Pearlescent) colors simulate the glitter of a watery surface or the luster of mother-of-pearl. They are made from mica pigment, thin transparent particles coated with highly reflective metal oxides.
Duochrome colors alternate between two distinct colors depending on the reflective light. Many show their colors best over black paper or dark watercolor.
Quinacridone colors are formulated from quinacridone pigments, originally used and prized by the automotive industry for their brilliance and lightfastness. With lightfast testing, Daniel Smith brings you brilliant quinacridone colors, ranging from yellow to orange, to red, pink, and purple! Daniel Smith was the first company to use these colors in watercolor, and many other companies followed suit.
Cadmium Hues are formulated without the toxic heavy metal to mimic the traditional cadmium hues. Safer for the environment and for you, these paints bring you the colors you've used in the past with none of the risk.
Colors containing “(pt)” in their name refers to them being unique PrimaTek colors made exclusively by Daniel Smith. These colors are handmade with authentic, naturally occurring mineral pigments. The subtle earth tones and vivid jewel colors like Hematite and Malachite recall the tradition of making paints by the ancient Egyptians, Mayans and other ancient cultures.
For over 30 years, Daniel Smith watercolors have been formulated in their Seattle facility with the utmost care, using fine pigments to create a consistent and inspiring range.
See the color chart for lightfastness ratings, whether colors are staining or non-staining, and a measure of transparency to opacity. Over 250 colors available in 15ml tubes.