Spring is one of the best times to break out the watercolors. With colorful flowers budding up from the earth, and the rain starting to subside (hopefully!), it is a great time to pack up your paints, go outside, and do some plein air painting!
One of our favorite brands of watercolors is Daniel Smith Watercolors. These excellent paints are packaged and produced right here in the Pacific Northwest, in Seattle. The company has been around for more than 30 years, and their line boasts more than 240 brilliant colors!
With all of those colors, it can be a little overwhelming. So we are here to break it down for you.
We have Daniel Smith watercolors available at all 3 collage locations! We also have watercolor paper and brushes to get you all set up.
Daniel Smith Watercolors include three different lines: Extra Fine, PrimaTek, and Luminescent.
The Extra Fine line consists of specially formulated, handmade colors, with excellent lightfastness and bold color.
The PrimaTek line is all about antiquity; it’s about the colors used by old master painters: hues like Amethyst and Lapis Lazuli. These paints consist of precious gemstones and minerals that have been used in paints for hundreds of years.
|Gemstones and minerals, and the paints created from them. Image by Maria Coryell-Martin|
The Luminescent watercolors include tiny particles of mica, which give the colors a shimmering effect. You can mix these colors with other colors, or use them right from the tube. Here is a collection of Luminescent colors on a sampler card:
As with many high quality paints, their price varies depending on the color (e.g. how rare or expensive the pigment that creates the color is). A little bit goes a long way with these paints, because of how highly pigmented they are.
To learn more about these different lines, head over to the Daniel Smith blog, which has a lot of information to look through, including tutorials, artists features, and contests. We especially liked this article about pigments.
For our project making simple watercolor floral wreaths, we used a combination of Extra Fine watercolors, and Extra Fine Iridescent paints. We also used Shizen rag watercolor paper, Princeton snap brushes, and a porcelain palette.
These watercolors would also work beautifully on a number of other craft projects, for instance crepe paper flowers, (see previous post)!
Happy painting this spring!