Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Daniel Smith new watercolours

New Daniel Smith colours for 2019 
Jane's Grey - Daniel Smith watercolour.


I have just received the 8 new Daniel Smith colours - 7 new greys and a new primatek. It's pretty exciting to have Jane's Grey in a tube like this!

There are some excellent detailed blog posts with lots of information about these colours on the Daniel Smith website so I won't add much here, just my own usual swatches and the links.

There is more information about Jane's Grey on my blog and the Daniel Smith blog. For more about the new Primatek Red Jasper Genuine, see here. For more about the very interesting Grey Titanium see here.

New Daniel Smith colours 2019 - Jane's Grey (Signature Series),
Red Jasper Genuine (Primatek), Gray Titanium.

 More information about Alvaro Castagnet's greys can be found here.
New Daniel Smith colours 2019 - Alvaro's Fresco Grey (Signature Series),
Alvaro's Caliente Grey (Signature Series)

 More information about Joseph Zbukvic's greys can be found here.
New Daniel Smith colours 2019 - Joseph Z's Neutral Grey (Signature Series),
Joseph Z's Cool Grey (Signature Series) and Joseph Z's Warm Grey (Signature Series).

Happy painting!


  1. Gee, I'm sorry people – especially your readers – don't seem to be as excited enough about these to comment. Congrats on your new tube J.'sG. version! I really like their Gray Titanium, too – won't be able to resist that for long.
    I for one really appreciate all the information you keep online, and your continual work to keep it up to date. :^)
    - pbass wil

  2. Hi Jane
    I’ve been enjoying your blog so much that I went back and read every single one of your past articles. I particularly love the way you explain in detail about the colours and I love your swatches - it’s fascinating and I feel I’ve learnt so much from you. I’m a bit of a late newcomer to Daniel Smith and sad that I’ve missed my chance to buy the PO49 version of Quinacridone Gold. I’m now unsure whether it’s worth buying or whether I’d be better off with another yellow in my palette. Do you have any recommendations for warm yellows that mix well and provide a similar glow? I saw another blogger say that it didn’t work well when mixed. I would love to see a post where you compared the mixes and showed some swatches of the colours you can get from the new version. Thanks again for all your wonderful work.

    1. The classic warm yellow is actually a much 'cleaner' colour than Quinacridone gold - original or hue - so you could look at Hansa Yellow Deep in DS - made with a single pigment PY65. It will not mix exactly the same as the quin gold but you can add a touch of burnt sienna to adjust it slightly then mix. (Your second yellow might then be a cool or a mid yellow as you prefer. And your third an earth yellow such as yellow ochre.)

      However I still put Quin Gold (hue) in my student palette simply because it is still a useful mixing yellow and I like the greens it will make with any of the blues or with phthalo green.

      I suppose it really depends on whether you want single pigment primary colours or easily mixed greens.

  3. You’ve helped me realize I’m limiting my work by not including more grays. It’s opening a whole new world Thank you for your excellent blog, Jane. You’ve really helped pioneer watercolor into a more approachable & understandable medium. You’ve saved me a lot of time & angst!

    1. Thank you Elizabeth. I really only use greys made from colours in my palette without the addition of black or white. My other greys are diluted versions of my mixed blacks.
      But I also love the unbleached white pigment used buff titanium and the gray titianum is interesting so I've been exploring that as an extra in my palette. It's the granulation of these pigments that I find useful as much as the colour.