Daniel Smith Essentials Set 6x5ml Tubes

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The new DANIEL SMITH Essentials Watercolor Set is just what you need to kick off the season! The new set has six 5ml transparent watercolors. The pigments were carefully selected to give you a wide range of colors and values. When mixed together the colors you can create are endless!

The Essentials:

  • Hansa Yellow Light, 5ml
  • New Gamboge, 5ml
  • Quinacridone Rose, 5ml
  • Pyrrol Scarlet, 5ml
  • Phthalo Blue GS, 5ml
  • French Ultramarine, 5ml

Hollyhocks, By Brenda Swenson

Step 1: Drawing
I start by drawing with a 2B pencil on Arches 140lb cold press paper. I am especially aware of the space and shapes between the flowers, stem and leaves (negative space). I want shape and size variety. I draw enough to get the general shapes, but don't over draw. I want to leave opportunities for shapes to develop in the painting process.

Step 2: Selecting Colors
I use transparent paint to build up glazes. To determine which 3 colors I will use for the underpainting I make numerous color swatches. The paint needs to be the same consistency to encourage good mixing on the paper. I'm looking for interesting combinations (how they mix when wet, range of colors, range of values and do they relate to my subject). The 3 paint colors I selected are Daniel Smith: Hansa Yellow Light (HYM), Quinacridone Rose (QR), and Phthalo Blue GS.

Step 3: Underpainting
I wet the entire paper with clean water and introduce the 3 paint colors separately onto the wet surface. I paint at an angle to encourage mixing as the paint moves. I don’t over work the surface with a paint brush but encourage the paint to mix on the paper. Let completely dry.

Step 4: Start Glazing
I continue with my Mother Colors (original 3 colors) but I also pull out French Ultramarine and New Gamboge. When I bring a new color to the mix it always touches one of the Mother Colors. I start at the top working my way down the paper with a mixture of French Ultramarine and New Gamboge. Painting hard edges against the flowers to carve out the big shapes. As I move down the page I push the colors towards green with Phthalo Blue GS. Let completely dry.

Step 5: Shadows & Form
I begin to define the flowers with a mixture of Quinacridone Rose and Pyrrol Scarlet. The surface is completely dry. As the form turns towards the light I have a variety of edges. Form shadows have soft edges and cast shadows have hard edges. I soften the form shadow edges with clean water. Let completely dry.

Step 6: Negative Painting and Final Details??
In the final stage I paint the darkest d

by Gillian N.

Beautiful paints, great combination for mixing and lovely to work with,

by Amanda B.

I absolutely love this set. I am very impressed with the quality of the Daniel Smith paints, they are highly pigmented, very transparent and are easy to rewet once dried. The combination of a cool and warm tone of each primary colour meant I was able to mix a very large variety of colours, including browns and neutrals. Once you learn which tones mix with which (eg best green is made from cool blue and cool yellow), this 6 colour set is really all you need. A fantastic introduction set to Daniel Smith and are great colours to grow your pallet from.

by Helen Cox

I purchased this set as my primary colours for my upgraded palette. the pigments are deep and rich and I am happy to have chosen Daniel Smith as 'my brand.'

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