All DANIEL SMITH Oil Paints are highly pigmented, balanced with maximum pigment load with minimum oil (the vehicle) to give the best possible color strength. You can see this when painting as it takes a lot of white paint to lighten the tube color. This strong tinting gives artists good value because they are not paying for fillers and extenders that lesser quality oil paints have.
The vehicle [medium] DANIEL SMITH uses for mixing the Original Oils is a high grade of alkali-refined linseed oil, except Mixed White, Titanium White and Zinc White which are mixed with non-yellowing safflower oil. This alkali-refined linseed oil is uniformly light in color, low yellowing, with low acid value and good adhesion. There is a small proportion of additives, less the 1% by weight, to improve brushability, modify drying time and improve the grind.
The vehicle [medium] for the Water Soluble Oils that DANIEL SMITH uses is also a high grade of alkali-refined linseed oil, that is uniformly light in color, low yellowing, with low acid value and good adhesion. Mixed White and Titanium White are made with non-yellowing safflower oil. Both the linseed oil and safflower oil used for the Water Soluble Oils have been specially modified to make them water soluble. There is a small proportion of additives, less the 1% by weight, to improve brushability, modify drying time and improve the grind.
The DANIEL SMITH Original Oils and Water Soluble Oils undergo the same manufacturing process and are made with the exact same high quality pigments, the only difference is the specially modified linseed and safflower oils to make the Water Soluble Oils. Both the Original and Water Soluble Oils can be mixed together when painting, though the water solubility is lost and traditional mediums and solvents would need to be used.
Made in the USA in Seattle, WA – Each batch of color is made, start to finish, by the DANIEL SMITH manufacturing crew and tested by the full time chemist throughout the manufacturing process to ensure the highest quality for every tube of Oil Paint used by artists.
DANIEL SMITH Oil Paints
When you buy DANIEL SMITH professional quality Original Oils and Water Soluble Oils, you get exceptionally strong pigmentation, uniform buttery consistency and excellent value. For nearly 30 years, DANIEL SMITH has been an innovator in pigment selection and formulation, and still makes and packages each batch by hand, with the utmost integrity and attention to detail.
DANIEL SMITH Original Oils introduced in 1989 and Water Soluble Oils in 2012, showed the results of years of development. The intent was to offer a game-changing paint with remarkable color strength, reliable lightfastness and consistent texture. DANIEL SMITH starts with the finest pigments, both traditional and cutting edge – they were the first to offer many of the brilliant, modern synthetic pigments, like the quinacridones for the the artists’ market.
Small Batch Production
The DANIEL SMITH manufacturing crew makes the Original Oils and Water Soluble Oils in a department right next to the DANIEL SMITH headquarters and Store in Seattle. Visitors are often surprised to see just how simple and traditional the process is, and how closely involved the paintmakers are with every step of production. Batches are small, allowing close control of every factor involved.