Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling, color mixing with DANIEL SMITH Neutral Tint

Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling Demonstrate Painting with DANIEL SMITH Neutral Tint Watercolor

Neutral Tint, “it’s just magical!”

“DANIEL SMITH created a fabulous and unique dark neutral pigment that when mixed with any watercolor pigment, gives you glowing, luminous darker values of that color. As professional teaching artists, we had put in a request with DANIEL SMITH that they develop a new dark watercolor pigment, so that the seasoned watercolorist as well as a beginner to the intermediate painter, can easily create visually pleasing colorful clear and clean darks. We wanted to make it easier for our students to keep away from making muddy darks in one easy step and this is the perfect solution!

DANIEL SMITH Neutral Tint is just what we wanted in a watercolor paint for the professional artist as well as for our students. Neutral Tint can also diffuse a color to help to neutralize the pigment. To try this, just add a small amount of Neutral Tint to any DANIEL SMITH Watercolor and before your eyes you will see the hue become toned down. Whether using DANIEL SMITH PrimaTeks, like Theresa or glazing gorgeous translucent DANIEL SMITH Watercolors, like Cindy, you can create crystal clear, glowing watercolor paintings with DANIEL SMITH’s Neutral Tint.”
Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs, October 2012
Colors mixed with DANIEL SMITH Neutral Tint

Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs from, have been fans of DANIEL SMITH for years and, as professional artists and international watercolor workshop instructors, they both paint and teach with DANIEL SMITH Watercolors. What had been missing on their palettes was a color that could quickly and easily, tone down colors and make rich darks, a color that “neutralizes” other colors. Theresa and Cindy asked DANIEL SMITH to develop a “neutral tint”, a color that has been used for centuries by artists, each artist mixing their own version of neutral gray.

DANIEL SMITH’s chemist developed a perfect, neutral gray, neither warm nor cool, that quickly and reliably tones down colors and mixes rich, luminous darks. Since the development of our Neutral Tint in 2012, artists have found our DANIEL SMITH Neutral Tint to be an essential tool to add to their palettes, and expanding their range of colors.

In the following videos, Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling each demonstrate painting using the DANIEL SMITH Neutral Tint, talk about why Neutral Tint is a wonderful tool for artists, and demonstrate color mixing with it.

Burano Colors, watercolor painting by Cindy Briggs

The first video features Cindy Briggs and her painting “Burano Colours”.

Trattoria Monterosso, watercolor painting by Theresa Goesling

The second video is Theresa Goesling and her painting “Trattoria Monterosso”.

“Burano Colours” with Cindy Briggs

“Trattoria Monterosso” with Theresa Goesling

DANIEL SMITH was happy to have created this very useful watercolor for artists, and would like to thank Cindy Briggs and Theresa Goesling for suggesting Neutral Tint!

Mixing DANIEL SMITH Neutral Tint to your watercolors allows you to:

  • Quickly and reliably darken a color and keep it’s transparency.
  • Get gorgeous glowing darks when mixing with Neutral Tint rather than muddy colors.
  • Tone down colors.
  • Helpful for beginning artists to enjoy painting with watercolors without worrying about muddying their colors, and convenient for experienced artists too!
  • Makes lovely, colorful shadows when mixed with colors.
  • When working with a limited palette, Neutral Tint is a great choice because it is the complement to every color!
  • Great for travel sketching when palette space is limited, and still be able to create a good range of colors.
  • Reliably darkens a color like using the color’s complement – without having to use the exact complement.
  • It’s wonderful alone for quick value sketches.

On the color mixing chart, you can see 12 of our DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors mixed with our DANIEL SMITH Neutral Tint. You can see some of the beautiful colors that can be made when mixing a watercolor with Neutral Tint.

Color Mixing with DANIEL SMITH Neutral Tint, 667w

DANIEL SMITH Neutral Tint watercolor, tube with swatch paint outNeutral Tint
New Gamboge
Quinacridone Gold
Burnt Sienna
Cadmium Orange Hue
Cadmium Red Scarlet Hue
Quinacridone Rose
Imperial Purple
French Ultramarine
Phthalo Blue GS
Cobalt Teal Blue
Diopside Genuine
Sap Green

DANIEL SMITH Neutral Tint: Available in 15ml and 5ml sizes
Lightfastness: I – Excellent
Transparency: Semi-Transparent
Granulation: Non-Granulating
Staining: 2-Low Staining
Pigments: PBk 6, PV 19, PB 15
Series: 1

We know you will love adding our Neutral Tint to your watercolors!

Make Every Day A Painting.
Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs are sought out instructors that truly enjoy sharing their individual unique painting styles with their students. The best friends co-own “Make Every Day A Painting” LLC, an international artist workshop travel company open since 2002. Featured in Plein Air Magazine for their workshops, they guide their students with encouragement, as they simplify the process and demonstrate their innovative and classic techniques. “We look forward to using our favorite DANIEL SMITH Fine Art Watercolors, Water Soluble Oils and Oils – in our upcoming art tours in Provence, Tuscany and California.”
– Theresa & Cindy

Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs of Make Everyday a Painting

Theresa Goesling and Cindy Briggs of Make Everyday a Painting

Theresa Goesling, NWWS
Theresa GoeslingTheresa Goesling’s personality sparkles just as her brush strokes glitter the canvas with a rainbow burst of “eye candy” color. Her innovative painting style has earned her international recognition. Her fine art has been juried into American Watercolor Society Exhibition in New York City and published in “Splash” an art book by North Light Publications. She is a Signature Member and Past President of Northwest Watercolor Society. Theresa currently divides her time between her beloved Northwest and California.




Cindy Briggs, NWWS
Cindy BriggsKnown for her translucent tranquil paintings, Cindy Briggs fills her work with mingling harmonious colors and the dramatic interplay of light and shadow. Her paintings share her “sense of place” and spirit. Featured in magazines, museums, galleries, private collections and international juried exhibitions; including the National Watercolor Society in Los Angeles. Having recently returned from living in Provence, France, Cindy Briggs now lives in Utah, just minutes from the mountains near Sundance.
Facebook: CindyBriggsArt

Theresa and Cindy teaching in Positano, Italy

Theresa and Cindy teaching in Positano, Italy