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.
Buff Titanium (Unique to DS)
Hansa Yellow Medium
Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Cerulean Blue, Chromium
Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)
Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)
Goethite (Brown Ochre) (Unique to DS)
Jane’s Grey – NEW Color! (Unique to DS)
Pigment: PB 29, PBr 7
Lightfastness: I – Excellent
Staining: 2 – Low Staining
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Within the set there are also many great primary triads to explore.
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.
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.
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.
About Jane Blundell
Australian 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.
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”