Watercolor Tools: Daniel Smith Watercolor 238 Dot Chart Chart
Here are my results from the basic watercolor paints on the dot sheets that I purchased. There is almost an entire other page of duochrome and iridescent colors that are not included here- I chose to leave them out because, although they're fun, they're a bit too flashy and sparkly for everyday use.
If you’re into watercolors and want to try some out, $25 for a set of “try it yourself” color charts is so worth it. It’s hard to spend a lot of money of a tube of paint when you can’t test it out yourself and see it in person. Even if you live by a shop that has color swatches for each pigment, when you have the chance to lay the paint down yourself you can get a better idea of the color along with the other properties of the paint: it's transparency, granulation, color variation, etc. The color chart is brilliant from a marketing perspective too, because now I want to drop $500 on all of these beautiful new paints (so beware, and prepare your self control).
Many of the Daniel Smith paints have unique characteristics- there’s interesting separation (see: moonglow, cascade green, rose of ultramarine, etc), granulation (see the lunar series), and some that shimmer (several of the prima teks as well as the specials I don’t picture here). I was a big fan of the Quinacridones, they’re smooth, luminous, and very lightfast. The Perylenes were some of my favorites, dark but saturated. The Perylene green is delicious, and highlighted on my wishlist… lay it down heavily and you get an almost black, earthy green, but light applications reveal a dark green-blue that reminds me of thick pines on a cloudy day.
I’m expanding my collection of paints (since I’ve barely purchased any new tubes since college), and if you’re serious about doing the same, these dot sheets are wonderful. You can find the perfect pigments for yourself, and you’ll know what not to spend your money on (even though it might have looked tempting online).
Hope you find this helpful!