Wednesday, 25 March 2020

I created a blog post about a few of the Daler Rowney colours here in 2018, but now have swatches of most of the colours due to the generosity of another of my readers, Kamal. Just a few more to complete...

The English company Daler Rowney is not as well known as Winsor & Newton, but it is another high quality watercolour brand. The dried watercolour dots rewet with ease and most colours painted out beautifully. Once again, I've added a couple of photos (rather than scans) of the oranges and reds to better show the colours. Scans of the rest of the colours are fairly accurate.

Some pigments have changed so I'll note that in the comments and captions below. 

Nickel Titanate Yellow is never a strong colour - it's a very weak pigment - but it is a granulating yellow. Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow and Bismuth Yellow are all lovely cool yellows, with PY3 being the most transparent option.

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Titanium White, Chinese White (now called Zinc White and made with PW4 and PW6), 
Nickel Titanate Yellow, Lemon Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Pale. 

Permanent Yellow is a lovely bright mid yellow option.

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Bismuth Yellow, Permanent Yellow, Aureolin (not shown), Cadmium Yellow, 
Cadmium Yellow (Hue) (not shown). 

These scans look a little brighter in real life. I just love the PY153 pigment found in Gamboge Hue and Indian Yellow, however the new stock of Indian Yellow is now made with PY83.

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Cadmium Yellow Deep, Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue, Gamboge Hue, 
Indian Yellow (now made with PY83), Naples Yellow. 

The photo of these swatches is better than the scan but they still look a little dull compared with the originals. Warm Orange looks more red on my screen than in reality. though it certainly leans towards red.

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Orange Hue, Warm Orange, Permanent Red, 
Cadmium Red Pale (not shown) 

These swatches all look more red in my screen. They are all quite similar, with the Vermilion (Hue) being my favourite pigment for a warm red option. Cadmium Red (Hue) is now made with PR254 and PY74, as is Cadmium Red (Hue). Quinacridone Red is the classic coral colour of this pigment.

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Cadmium Red Pale (Hue) (now made with PR254 and PY74), Vermilion (Hue), 
Cadmium Red, Cadmium Red (Hue) (now made with PR254 and PY74), Quinacridone Red. 

Perylene Red is a really rich and less 'dull' version of this pigment than most.

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Cadmium Red Deep (not shown), Cadmium Red Deep (Hue) (not shown) 
(now made with PR264 and Pr255), Carmine, Alizarin Crimson, Perylene Red. 

Permanent Rose looks a bit more magenta on my screen - it is the classic rose colour.

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Alizarin Crimson (Hue), Permanent Rose, Quinacridone Magenta, 
Permanent Magenta, Cobalt Magenta. 

This is a really nice version of Ultramarine Violet, which can be quite weak. I am not a fan of Prussian Blue. This one wouldn't brush out nicely.

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Ultramarine Violet, Permanent Mauve, Indanthrene Blue (not shown), 
Prussian Blue, Indigo. 

Phthalo Blue GS is a basic cool mixing blue. Cobalt Turquoise (Green Shade) is a lovely 'extra' colour in a palette.

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Phthalo blue (Red Shade), Phthalo Blue (Green Shade), Cobalt Blue, 
Cobalt Turquoise (Green Shade), Manganese Blue Hue. 

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Cobalt Blue Deep, Ceoruleum, French Ultramarine, Permanent Blue, 
Cobalt Turquoise (Red Shade). 

Viridian is now viridian Hue and is made from PB36 and PG7, which means it will have different characteristics. PG18 is granulating and very liftable.

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Transparent Turquoise, Cobalt Green Deep, Phthalo Turquoise (not shown), 
Viridian (now Viridian Hue made with PB36 and PG7), Phthalo Green. 

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Hooker's Green Dark, Terre Verte Hue, Sap Green, Oxide of Chromium Green, 
Hooker's Green Light. 

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Vivid Green (not shown), Olive Green (not shown), Green Gold, 
Yellow Ochre, Raw Sienna. 

I like the various PR101 red-browns, but not the Burnt Sienna so much.

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Burnt Sienna, Light Red, Venetian Red, Indian Red, Transparent Red Brown. 

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Perylene Maroon (not shown), Mars Violet, Burnt Umber, Vandyke Brown (Hue), Raw Umber. 

Daler Rowney Watercolour - Warm Sepia, Payne's Grey, Neutral Tint, Ivory Black (not shown), Lamp Black. 

Happy painting!


  1. I don't own a lot of Daler Rowney but I do have a tube of PY153.

    What I do love is their small artists grade travel palette. It is a nicely enameled metal that holds 18 quarter pans in a slender oblong palette. There are no wells but I find mixing in the lid to be fine for the purposes of a bit of urban sketching. I brought it on a trip to Yosemite and ended up using it more than the regular palette I had brought with me because it is so light and compact. A sketchbook, this palette and a watercolor brush were easily slipped into my purse and carried everywhere. I still keep one in a small disk drive case I keep in my tote when I am out and about.

    I find the quality of the paint quite good. I really don't understand why they are not as well known as Windsor Newton or some of the other top brands.

    I do have to buy Daler Rowney from Jackson's Art in the UK as it isn't readily available in the U.S.

    1. PY153 is such a lovely pigment!
      I have that palette - I showed it in the previous post :-)
      Happy painting.

  2. Thank you, this has been very helpful in choosing my DR colours! Is that neutral tint granulating? It says staining and not granulating on your swatch but it looks quite granular and I see it has PB29. If it granulates nicely I think I'll get it!