Daniel Smith watercolour ‘palette tester’ dot cards come in two ranges perfect for trying out some new colours. The 12 Quinacridones and the 12 Prima Tek colours are blobs of paint on a card that you can wet and smear to create a colour chart but the blob is also big enough to allow you to pick up the paint and try it in a painting as well.
As Daniel Smith say: “If you love taking a paint brush to a new color, painting out a stroke, watching the color flow across your paper and experiencing the joy of a beautiful new watercolor, then you are really going to enjoy this!”
Here is a video showing a possible use of the dot cards, but using the larger 66 dot card.
From Daniel Smith about the Prima Tek colours:
“Our exclusive PrimaTek colors are unique paints made with pure, authentic mineral pigments that are mined directly from the earth and each one has a story. These colors have captured the imagination of artists for hundreds or even thousands of years.”
From Daniel Smith about Quinacridone colours:
“Quinacridones combine the power of the staining pigments with the luminosity of the transparents. They flow beautifully for extremely smooth washes, have incredible depth of color and can be lifted easily while still wet.
Understandably, they’ve been very popular colors since their introduction. People just love them. No other colors have both the intensity and transparency of the quinacridone family. They are synthetic organic pigments, created in the world’s most advanced color laboratories. Miniscule pigment particles are exceptionally uniform in size and shape, which translates to unfailing behavior in the paint.
Developed initially for use in automotive paints, Daniel Smith was the first manufacturer to realize their potential for artists. Perfect for glazing and layering, Quinacridones retain their brilliance on drying. Rich golds, oranges, pinks, reds and violets – intense colors with extreme lightfastness that will super-charge your palette.”
The Daniel Smith Watercolour department on the Jackson’s Art Supplies website.