Monday, September 1, 2008

Primatek Watercolors by Daniel Smith

I got quite a few tubes of Daniel Smith's primatek paints for my Birthday (thanks Dad and Carol!). I painted out some squares and on the sample sheet Daniel Smith sent to get a better idea of my new colors. Overall, I really like them. Some of course, more than others.
Here are the colors on the first picture from top left Purpurite, Amethyst, Sugilite, Sodalite, Blue Apatite, Lapis (I didn't have much of this one, just a little on the card),Sleeping Beauty Turquoise, Accidental Jade and Amazonite mix (pretty though), Jade, Serpentine, Rhodonite,Minnesota Pipestone (very small sample),Tiger's eye genuine,Hematite Burnt Scarlet, Bronzite,Sedona genuine,Amazonite,Blue Apatite charged with Rhodonite, Amethyst charged with Rhodonite, Purpurite charged with Sedona.

Sugilite is not what I expected...way more iridescent (not sure how I will use this in my paintings...might be better for abstract work). The bronzite and amethyst also show some iridescence, but not as much and it almost disappears in washes. The serpentine is much nicer in person than on this photo. It is one of my favorites. I just wanted to show what they looked like so other artists could decide for themselves. I have not checked opacity or staining qualities yet, but it is late tonight and I'm going to bed. Hope this gives you a better idea of the colors.

BtW, the rhodonite on the small sample card got contaminated with some of the sodalite so it isn't a good example.



Katherine Tyrrell said...

When I was doing watercolours, I used to love Daniel Smith paints.

I also like any manufacturer who comes up with an interesting name AND supplies the pigment index number!

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