DANIEL SMITH Gray Titanium Watercolor with tube and swatch

Single pigment DANIEL SMITH Gray Titanium Watercolor is a mid-tone, warm, granulating gray with slightly yellow undertones.

DANIEL SMITH Gray Titanium Watercolor with tube, swatch and details paint out

The creamy color and granulation make it beautifully useful for many subjects and purposes.

  • It’s wonderful for dusty desert animals such as deer, elephants and tortoises, and for birds whose feathers offer good camouflage for blending into dry woodland, savanna and desert like the roadrunner and burrowing owl.  
  • In landscapes, granulating Gray Titanium is beautiful for trees and shrubs whose trunks, branches and twigs are light colored and textured.
  • Urban landscapes benefit from Gray Titanium as well with light washes suggesting concrete structures.

DANIEL SMITH Gray Titanium is semi-transparent, granulating, non-staining and has excellent lightfastness.

As a single pigment, Gray Titanium mixes wonderfully with other colors adding both warmth and softness due to its semi-transparent/semi-opaque characteristic.  Gray Titanium both lightens and neutralizes colors it’s mixed with.

You can see that lightening and neutralizing in this mixing grid painted with Gray Titanium and the DANIEL SMITH Essentials 5 ml Watercolor Set. The Essentials Set is a split primary with two sets of primary colors, a cool triad (Hansa Yellow Light, Quinacridone Rose and French Ultramarine) and a warm triad (New Gamboge, Pyrrol Scarlet and Phthalo Blue (Green Shade).

Gray Titanium Watercolor mixing grid with DANIEL SMITH Essentials 5 ml Watercolor Set
Gray Titanium mixed with colors from the Essentials Watercolor Set

Below is the diagram showing what colors are mixed with what.  The rectangles that show (plus GT) are the two color mix plus the addition of Gray Titanium which shows the softening of the mixed color which you can compare to the straight color mixes of two colors.

Gray Titanium Watercolor mixing grid diagram showing what colors were mixed for each rectangle using colors from the DANIEL SMITH Essentials Watercolor Set
Gray Titanium mixing grid diagram showing what colors were mixed for each rectangle using colors from the Essentials Watercolor Set

For example, compare rectangle NG + HYL [ New Gamboge mixed with Hansa Yellow Light] to rectangle HYL + NG (plus GT) which is Hansa Yellow Light mixed with New Gamboge, plus Gray Titanium mixed in.

So how does our New Gray Titanium compare with our Buff Titanium?  

Both colors are unique to DANIEL SMITH, and made with PW 6, but slightly different versions of PW 6 (Buff Titanium is PW 6:1) and they have the same properties; granulating, semi-transparent, non-staining and Excellent Lightfastness.

DANIEL SMITH Gray Titanium and Buff Titanium Watercolors painted out showing how they are different.
Gray Titanium and Buff Titanium Watercolors

Both Gray and Buff Titanium Watercolors have a creaminess to them, but Gray Titanium granulates with gray, and Buff Titanium granulates with a light tan or buff.

Many painters will find Gray Titanium becoming a palette staple, both as a unique color and for its’ mixing qualities!

DANIEL SMITH Gray Titanium Watercolor being painted out with a brush
DANIEL SMITH Gray Titanium Watercolor
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