Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor are offered in more than 200 colors, with more in the works every year. The sheer range of possibility they offer is endless and unparalleled in the industry. The amazing selection spans the spectrum from the historical, natural earth and PrimaTek colors, to Quinacridones, the brightest and boldest colors modern technology has to offer.
The Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors include the highest pigmented colors on the market. The extremely vibrant color line offers excellent brushing properties and retains outstanding color strength when mixed with Titanium White.
Luminescent Watercolor - Luminescent Watercolor simulate the glitter of a watery surface or the luster of mother-of-pearl. They're made from mica pigment, thin transparent particles coated with highly reflective metal oxides.
PrimaTek Watercolor - Daniel Smith PrimaTek Watercolors retain many of the natural qualities of their source minerals. In artist's paint, the size of the pigment particle is very important - it determines the amount of light that is reflected and, therefore, the intensity of the paint. Standard pigments are produced in labs and adhere to a specific size. When Daniel Smith develops PrimaTek pigments, they mill the minerals to a point where the color is optimized. Pigments that are too large are gritty and, if milled too far, the color can appear dull. The resulting characteristics of these PrimaTek paints vary based on the mineral. Most have a natural luminosity and many granulate.
Dan Smith started his business in 1976, dedicated to bringing the the highest quality inks to the print-artist community. In 1993, Dan set out to create a line of watercolors with one goal in mind: to bring the watercolor artist the very best product available. His dream came to fruition with the introduction of a hugely innovative collection of 27 paints that just happened to change the world of watercolors forever. Made by hand, in the USA.
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In 1976, while working as a commercial printer, Daniel Smith realized that commercial printing inks were insufficient for the needs of the print artist. Scraping enough money together to purchase on old 3-roll mill, Dan Smith began manufacturing a more specialized ink with the lightfastness and working characteristics that artist desired. Over the years, as Dan's partnership with artists grew, so grew the business.
Today, Daniel Smith Artists' Materials is a leading designer and manufacturer of thousands of art products, substrates and unique items found nowhere else. Their commitment to partnering with artists continues, as does the desire to never stop thinking like one.