Jane Davenport | Exploring the Features of Buff Titanium

I love using Buff Titanium as a base in my face paintings. By adding a little Piemontite Genuine, or Naphthamide Maroon I can darken or warm up the color. Adding more water gives the sheerest hint of flesh, and using the color in a more pigmented wash adds a glowing hint of summer tan.

Usually I apply it as a loose wash with a big brush all over, leaving some areas open for highlights.

The paper and how well I mix the watercolor before application determines how much granulation occurs. If I want the skin tone to be very smooth, then I mix well and use a smoother paper. If I want the visual texture ( which is almost always the case) then I add a little water, let it sit and activate the paint, let my size 20 brush soak it up and let it wash across textured watercolor paper.


  • Buff Titanium
  • Piemontite Genuine
  • Naphthamide Maroon
  • Potters Pink
  • Moonglow

For cheeks, I like to work wet-in-wet so the colors can blend. I adore Potters Pink and the way Buff Titanium accentuates the granulation this soft pink is known for.

I like to let the paint dry and then model my highlights by lifting areas. I apply clean water with my brush to the areas I want to lighten ( chin, nose, cheekbones etc) let it sit for a minute or two and then dab the wet area with a lint free cloth. The final effect is a smooth and subtle highlight that cannot be achieved in any other way.

What I love most about Buff Titanium is the way it creates a protective shield that allows me to lift through dark and staining colors. Moonglow is one of my pet colors. It is just so expressive and moody for the delicate areas of skin on the face. Having the Buff Titanium as an undercoat allows me to lift, shape and model this shadow color to a far greater degree than painting the Moonglow color straight to the paper.

I really consider painting with DANIEL SMITH colors as a collaboration, because we are each heading towards a certain goal, but individual personalities are at work!

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Jane Davenport
Jane is an internationally recognized artist, prize-winning author and popular workshop instructor. Girls’ faces feature strongly in Davenport’s whimsical work, often with somewhat wistful or melancholy expressions and surrounded by interacting color. She started her creative career as a fashion illustrator and the evidence of her Parisian training lingers in her elongated figures.

Through her online Art Schools, publications and Escape Artist Retreats, Davenport has enabled tens of thousands of people from all around the world to embrace their innate artistic selves. http://janedavenport.com/