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DANIEL SMITH Hand Poured Watercolor Half Pan Ultimate Mixing Set

DANIEL SMITH’s New Hand Poured Half Pan Watercolor Sets are now available, including the Ultimate Mixing Watercolor Half Pan Set.

I thought I’d put together some of the many mixing diagrams, charts and wheels that I’ve created over the years I was developing this set. Some have been posted up before, others are new. Note that in my charts I’ve used Pyrrol Crimson while, for technical reasons, the pan set contains Permanent Alizarin Crimson – they mix in almost exactly the same manner.

Here is the full DANIEL SMITH Hand Poured Watercolor Half Pan Ultimate Mixing Set painted out.

Jane Blundell's paint out colors from the DANIEL SMITH Hand Poured Watercolor Half Pan Ultimate Mixing Set

The DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Half Pan Ultimate Mixing Set painted out.

Buff Titanium (Unique to DS)
Hansa Yellow Medium
Quinacridone Gold
Pyrrol Scarlet
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Quinacridone Rose
Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue, Chromium
Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)
Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)
Goethite (Brown Ochre) (Unique to DS)
Burnt Sienna
Indian Red
Raw Umber
Jane’s Grey – NEW Color! (Unique to DS)
     Pigment: PB 29, PBr 7
     Lightfastness: I – Excellent
     Transparency: Semi-Transparent
     Staining: 2 – Low Staining
     Granulation: Granulating

I love Buff Titanium. It is a fabulous pigment for landscape and buildings, marble and some botanicals. It’s a unique colour and I love the way it mixes with Goethite (Brown Ochre) to make wonderful sandstone and beach effects.

DANIEL SMITH Buff Titanium Watercolor mixing wheel by Jane Blundell. DS Ultimate Mixing Watercolor Half Pan Set

Mixing with Buff Titanium. DANIEL SMITH Watercolours from the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set.

You can find more on Buff Titanium HERE.

Next is Burnt Sienna, which is shown mixed with nearly all the other colours. This version of Burnt Sienna, made with PBr7, is also useful for many skin tones. Find more on mixing with Burnt Sienna HERE.

DANIEL SMITH Burnt Sienna Watercolor mixing wheel by Jane Blundell. DS Ultimate Mixing Watercolor Half Pan Set

Mixing with Burnt Sienna. DANIEL SMITH Watercolours from the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set.

Indian Red (more mixing info HERE) the most opaque watercolour in the set, is lovely in portraits and landscapes. I’d rarely use it full strength but I love the granulation and the soft dusty rose hues you can create when you dilute it.

Here it is mixed with most of the other colours.

DANIEL SMITH Indian Red Watercolor mixing wheel by Jane Blundell. DS Ultimate Mixing Watercolor Half Pan Set

Mixing with Indian Red. DANIEL SMITH Watercolours from the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set.

Phthalo Green (BS) (more mixing info HERE) is best mixed rather than used alone. Here are some of the many colours it can create. While it is wonderful for mixing a range of greens with the yellows, it is also worth exploring the colours you can create mixing it with the other earth colours and reds.

DANIEL SMITH Phthalo Green (BS) Watercolor mixing wheel by Jane Blundell. DS Ultimate Mixing Watercolor Half Pan Set

Mixing with Phthalo Green. DANIEL SMITH Watercolours from the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set.

One of my favourite mixes with Phthalo Green (BS) is with its opposite, Pyrrol Crimson or Permanent Alizarin Crimson. You can see the wonderful range of deep greens, aubergine, greys, maroons and a rich black that I often premix, called Jane’s Black. The deep green mix can be created with the palette colours, or you could add Perylene Green.

DANIEL SMITH Watercolors, Phthalo Green BS mixing with Pyrrol Crimson-Alizarin Crimson, Jane Blundell, Chart 9 label

Fabulous mixing pairs – Pyrrol Crimson/Permanent Alizarin Crimson and Phthalo Green BS. DANIEL SMITH Watercolours, the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set. Photo from Jane Blundell’s book ‘The Ultimate Mixing Palette: a World of Colours’

Another great mix shown here is Phthalo Green (BS) and Quinacridone Gold. This makes a really useful range of realistic foliage greens, including the DANIEL SMITH Sap Green hue. Mix it yourself or add this great colour to save time as you paint.

DANIEL SMITH Watercolors Phthalo Green BS mixing with Quinacridone Gold, Jane Blundell, Chart 8 label. Ultimate Mixing Set.

Useful realistic greens using Phthalo Green and Quinacridone Gold. DANIEL SMITH Watercolours, the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set. Photo from Jane Blundell’s book ‘The Ultimate Mixing Palette: a World of Colours’

Raw Umber (more mixing info HERE) is a deep cool brown – great for shadows of trees and figures, leaf litter and deepening other colours. In some brands it is a rather insipid colour but the DS version is very dark.

DANIEL SMITH Raw Umber Watercolor mixing wheel by Jane Blundell. DS Ultimate Mixing Watercolor Half Pan Set

Mixing with Raw Umber. DANIEL SMITH Watercolours from the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set.

Another of my favourite or most used mixes is Ultramarine Blue and Quinacridone Gold. This is available as a premixed DANIEL SMITH colour called Undersea Green – one of my favourite premixed greens, or it can be created as needed from the palette colours. I love this range of olive greens, which are especially useful for the colours of gum trees or distant trees in a landscape.

DANIEL SMITH Watercolors Quinacridone Gold mixing with Ultramarine Blue, Jane Blundell, Chart 4 label. Ultimate Mixing Set

Quinacridone Gold mixed with Ultramarine Blue, DANIEL SMITH Watercolours, the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set. Photo from Jane Blundell’s book: The Ultimate Mixing Palette, A World of Colours

Jane’s Grey, the new DANIEL SMITH colour, can be used as a shadow or sky colour, or as a neutral tint to deepen other colours, as well as being a beautiful granulating and non-staining grey on it’s own. As it is made from Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue it contains no black pigments, is transparent and granulating. It won’t stain so you can lift it off or soften shadows. Here it is mixed with most of the other colours in the set. See more on this HERE.

Jane's Grey color mixing with DANIEL SMITH Ultimate Mixing Watercolor Half Pan Set, Jane Blundell, mixing with Jane's Grey 2

Mixing Jane’s Grey with DANIEL SMITH Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set, colors: Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Gold, Pyrrol Scarlet, Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Rose and Ultramarine Blue. Photo from Jane Blundell’s book: The Ultimate Mixing Palette, A World of Colours

Jane's Grey color mixing with DANIEL SMITH Watercolors from the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set, Jane Blundell

Mixing Jane’s Grey with DANIEL SMITH Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set colors: Cerulean Blue, Chromium, Phthalo Blue GS, Phthalo Green BS, Burnt Sienna, Indian Red, and Raw Umber. Photo from Jane Blundell’s book: The Ultimate Mixing Palette, A World of Colours

Within the set there are also many great primary triads to explore.

The first is a great basic triad – Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Rose and Ultramarine Blue. Here are just some of the possible three-colour mixes you can create with this triad.

Tertiary color mixes, from the basic primary triad of DANIEL SMITH Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Rose and Ultramarine Blue Watercolors, from the Ultimate Mixing Set. Jane Blundell, 1393

Tertiary color mixes, from the basic primary triad of DANIEL SMITH Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Rose and Ultramarine Blue Watercolors, from the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set. Photo from Jane Blundell’s book: The Ultimate Mixing Palette, A World of Colours

Change Ultramarine Blue to Phthalo Blue (GS) for a staining triad with no granulation.

Cool Triad 1, Jane Blundell. Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Rose and Phthalo Blue GS DANIEL SMITH Watercolours The Ultimate Mixing Set.

Cool Triad. Hansa Yellow Medium, Quinacridone Rose and Phthalo Blue GS. DANIEL SMITH Watercolors from the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set.

Change the Hansa Yellow Medium to Quinacridone Gold for another lovely triad with more neutralised greens, and oranges.

I love the earth triad made from Goethite (Brown Ochre), Indian Red and Cerulean Blue, Chromium. You could change the blue to Ultramarine Blue for another variation. I enjoy using a triad like this when painting the Southern California landscape.

Earth Triad. Goethite (Brown Ochre), Indian Red and Cerulean Blue, Chromium. DANIEL SMITH Watercolors from the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set. Jane Blundell

Earth Triad. Goethite (Brown Ochre), Indian Red and Cerulean Blue, Chromium. DANIEL SMITH Watercolors from the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set.

My ‘Aussie Triad’ is Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Gold and Ultramarine Blue – this creates perfect neutralised greens, oranges and purples for the Australian bush, though it also works very well for many landscapes, including the colours of Oregon and Washington State.

My Aussie Triad of Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Gold and Ultramarine Blue. DANIEL SMITH Watercolors from the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set. Jane Blundell

My Aussie Triad of Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Quinacridone Gold and Ultramarine Blue. DANIEL SMITH Watercolors from the Ultimate Mixing Half Pan Set.

There are many other triads you could explore for wonderful colour harmony.

You can paint anything with this set. But feel free to add your own favourites 🙂

For more information about mixing the colours I’ve created a reference book titled The Ultimate Mixing Palette: A World of Colours”, which includes all 105 two-colour mixing combinations and the most useful three-colour mixes. It is available on Blurb.com as an eBook, Kindle, hardcover and paperback.

Book cover, The Ultimate Mixing Palette, A World of Colours, by Jane Blundell

Book cover, The Ultimate Mixing Palette, A World of Colours, by Jane Blundell

Happy painting!

About Jane Blundell
Jane Blundell photo by Kayla LaunchAustralian artist Jane Blundell was always fascinated by the natural world of rocks, plants and animals. Her early watercolour and pen and ink works show meticulous detail and a passion for colour. Majoring in etching at the City Art Institute, she spent a year working in an etching studio before completing her Graduate Diploma in Art Education. She taught in schools in Melbourne and Sydney for a number of years before moving to the USA and then Singapore.

Now back in Sydney, Australia, Jane is an award winning artist, and has had three solo exhibitions. She illustrated a children’s book Kayla & the Magical Tree, 2003 and has written two books on colour mixing, Watercolour Mixing Charts 2012 and The Ultimate Mixing Palette: a World of Colours, 2015, and has three more in progress.

She is a member of the Australian Watercolour Institute, an exhibiting botanical and watercolour artist and an active Urban Sketcher. She teaches colour mixing, watercolour, sketching and drawing to adults in classes and workshops throughout Australia and internationally.
Website: JaneBlundellArt.com
Blog: JaneBlundellArt.blogspot.com
Facebook: JaneBlundellArtist
Instagram: @JaneBlundellArt
Read Jane’s original blog post of her article on her blog HERE
Jane Blundell’s Book: “The Ultimate Mixing Palette: A World of Colours

 

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DANIEL SMITH Hand Poured Watercolor Half Pan Sets