Art Materials, Journal

Getting my brush wet with Daniel Smith paints

Guess who finally decided to try out the Daniel Smith paints?

To be entirely honest, my curiosity has seen me spend a good amount of money for my watercoloring obsession lately. I’m pretty happy with the 36 watercolor palette I got myself recently (thoughts on that upcoming), but for the life of me I cannot shake off my desire to test out these paints.

Daniel Smiths are highly regarded as one of the best paints in the watercoloring world. Many artists actually declare it THE best. I can’t say much about that having tried none of the other expensive famous brands, but when I saw that DES Artroom were selling these Dot Charts I closed my eyes and clicked buy.

This 238 Dot Chart cost me Php 1,444 with shipping, but I figured it sure beats getting the set of primaries for the same price, or getting the set of 6 essentials for double the price. Primaries are colors I already have, and what I wanted more than anything was to see the unique colors Daniel Smith were offering.

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Art Materials, Journal, Traditional Art

Peerless Watercolor First Impressions

I’ve been super obsessed with watercolor lately and I’ve been thinking about art materials nearly every waking moment when I’m not at work. Going through videos on YouTube, I stumbled upon this interesting thing called the Nicholson’s Peerless Transparent Watercolor

It’s basically a set of coated cardstock-like paper originally used to color-grade films. Apparently it is long-lasting and extremely pigmented. I bought a pack of 40 colors from called the “Bonus Pak”.  

Due to their popularity as a watercolor medium nowadays, people have been making their own palettes using cut-up portions of these Peerless papers. They cut them into 1-inch squares and stick them on watercolor paper folded to look like a little booklet.

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