I have been using their 37ml tubes for many years to make up my students' palettes. Don't get me wrong - they are not student colours. My student palettes are made up entirely of artist quality colours, but I use a mix of Daniel Smith and Da Vinci to make them up. The 37ml DV tubes are so economical that I can price my palettes at a very reasonable rate and get my students started with artist quality watercolours. They are probably some of the most consistent watercolours available - thick and strong out of the tube, and they rewet well. They are now available in Sydney, Australia from Pigment Lab in Newtown, who will also do mail order.
I haven't tried their full range of over 100 colours, but I have tried many and rather than wait until I test the last few, I'll post all I have here for comparison. These swatches are all gradually being added to my website here.
As always, I've tried to colour match, but will mention it when the colour I see on my screen and the colour of the swatches is way out...
First are the cool yellows. Hansa Yellow Light is the coolest of these and a very clean yellow. I don't recommend PY40 as it will fade in washes and can discolour in mass-tone.
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Nickel titanate yellow (not shown, but not usually a very strong pigment), Cadmium Yellow Lemon, Hansa Yellow Light, Da Vinci Yellow, Aureolin Mixture.|
for some reason, I really struggle to show the true beauty of the orange-yellows - Gamboge Hue is definitely more orange than this swatch - it looks more like the Hansa Deep shown next.
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Arylide Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light, Hansa Yellow Medium, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Gamboge Hue.|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Hansa Yellow Deep, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Arylide Yellow Deep, Indian Yellow, Benzimida Orange.|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Cadmium Orange, Da Vinci Orange, Benzimida Orange Deep, Vermilion Hue, Bright Red.|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Cadmium Scarlet (not shown), Cadmium Red Light, Permanent Red, Cadmium Red Deep, Da Vinci Red.|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - rose Dore (Quinacridone) not shown, Naphthol Red, Quinacridone Red, Alizarin Gold, Alizarin Crimson (Quinacridone).|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Carmine (Quinacridone), Perylene Maroon (not shown), Rose Red Deep (Quinacridone), Permanent Rose(quinacridone), Rose Madder (Quinacridone)|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Opus (Vivid Pink), Quinacridone Fuchsia, Thioindigo Violet, Cobalt Violet.|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Cobalt Violet Deep, Lilac Permanent, Manganese Violet, mauve, Ultramarine Violet.|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Da Vinci Violet, Lavender Permanent, Indanthrone Blue, Cobalt Blue Deep, Cobalt Blue.|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Phthalo Blue (Red Shade), Lapis Lazuli Genuine (not shown), Prussian Blue, Prussian Blue Green Shade,(not shown), Phthalo Blue.|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - French Ultramarine, Ultramarine Blue, Ultramarine Blue (Green Shade) (not shown), Cerulean Blue Genuine, Cerulean Blue (Hue)|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Manganese Blue (Permanent), Phthalo Turquoise, Cobalt Turquoise, Cobalt Turquoise Deep, Cobalt Green Hue (not shown).|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Phthalo Green, Viridian Green, Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade), Hooker's Green, Perylene Green.|
Chromium Oxide Green is one of the most opaque pigments in watercolour, and it's a pigment I haven't explored much. The others here are convenience mixes, which can be useful if you find you tend to mix these hues a lot yourself.
|Emerald Permanent (not shown), Chromium Oxide Green, Hooker's Green Light, Sap Green, Olive Green.|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Green Gold, Leaf Green, Nickel Azo Yellow, Naples Yellow, Naples Yellow Deep.|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna, Gold Ochre, Quinacridone Gold, Raw Sienna Deep.|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Raw Umber Natural (not shown), Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Burnt Sienna, Burnt Sienna Deep, Terra Cotta (Light Red).|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Venetian Red, Indian Red Deep, Indian Red, Brown Madder (Quinacridone), Violet Iron Oxide (not shown)|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Burnt Umber, Raw Umber, Sepia, Indigo, Payne's Gray.|
|Da Vinci Watercolours - Ivory Black, Lamp Black, Davy's Gray, Chinese White (not shown), Titanium White (not shown).|