DANIEL SMITH Half Pans – 6 Hand Poured Watercolor Sets!

Doodlewash® is thrilled to have DANIEL SMITH as a World Watercolor Month Official Sponsor and so happy to share this exciting preview of the new DANIEL SMITH half pans coming this fall! 

We’re excited to be a part of World Watercolor Month here on Doodlewash, and to have the opportunity to announce our NEW DANIEL SMITH Hand Poured Watercolor Half Pan Sets! So many artists have asked for Daniel Smith half pans, we listened, and beginning in October, these NEW Watercolor Sets will be available at your favorite art store!

Daniel Smith Half Pans – Overview Of The 6 Sets

Daniel Smith Half Pans Watercolor Set PhotoWe have, with excellent color suggestions from artists, created Six DANIEL SMITH Hand Poured Watercolor Half Pan Sets:

  1. Colors of Inspiration Set, 6 colors
  2. Floral – Colors of Inspiration Set, 6 colors
  3. Blues – Serene to Dramatic Set, 6 colors
  4. Earth – Desert to Mountains Set, 6 colors
  5. Sketcher Set, 6 colors
  6. Ultimate Mixing Set, 15 colors

It’s all about COLOR and giving You an exciting painting experience with these special collections of DANIEL SMITH watercolor!  Paint, mix, play with color and discover new color combinations that will inspire you! Read on to learn more about each of the 6 new sets along with color swatches! 

Colors Of Inspiration Set

This hand poured watercolor half pan set has 6 unique(*) DANIEL SMITH colors to inspire you with new creative mixes and colors. These are colors we choose for artists who love active watercolors which participate in the creative painting process!

  • Wisteria*
  • Lavender*
  • Rose of Ultramarine*
  • Moonglow*
  • Shadow Violet*
  • Serpentine Genuine* (one of our PrimaTek Watercolors)
DANIEL SMITH Half Pans Watercolor Set 1 Colors of Inspiration - Doodlewash

Colors Of Inspiration Set

Floral – Colors of Inspiration Set

This hand poured watercolor half pan set has 2 unique* DANIEL SMITH colors plus 4 other colors important for painting flowers from nature and from fancy.  Find out what beautiful flowers you can create with colors like these!

  • Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Quinacridone Rose
  • Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)
  • Cascade Green*
  • Green Apatite Genuine* (one of our PrimaTek Watercolors)
DANIEL SMITH Half Pans Watercolor Set 2 Floral - Colors of Inspiration - Doodlewash

Floral – Colors of Inspiration Set

Blues – Serene to Dramatic Set

This hand poured watercolor half pan set has 4 unique* DANIEL SMITH colors plus, 2 true blues for seas and skies.  These colors help create a huge, expressive range of blues from calm water and boundless skies, to energetic and stormy ones!

  • Cerulean Blue
  • Lunar Blue*
  • Blue Apatite Genuine* (one of our PrimaTek Watercolors)
  • Payne’s Blue Gray *
  • Indigo
  • Sodalite Genuine* (one of our PrimaTek Watercolors)
DANIEL SMITH Half Pans Watercolor Set 3 Blues - Serene to Dramatic - Doodlewash

Blues – Serene to Dramatic Set

Earth – Desert to Mountains Set

This hand poured watercolor half pan set has 3 unique(*) DANIEL SMITH colors plus 3 steadfast, earthy colors to take you from desert landscapes to rugged mountains, and even picturesque urban landscapes of stone, stucco, adobe and tile!

  • Buff Titanium*
  • Raw Sienna Light
  • Bronzite Genuine* (one of our PrimaTek Watercolors)
  • Venetian Red
  • Burnt Sienna Light
  • Lunar Black*
DANIEL SMITH Half Pans Watercolor Set 4 Earth - Desert to Mountains - Doodlewash

Earth – Desert to Mountains Set

Sketcher Set

This hand poured watercolor half pan set has 1 unique* DANIEL SMITH color plus 5 faithful colors, all easily carried for chronicling the places you encounter, and capturing them as illustrated memories.  Where will these colors take you?

  • Hansa Yellow Medium
  • Quinacridone Rose
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cerulean Blue, Chromium
  • Monte Amiata Natural Sienna*
  • Transparent Red Oxide
DANIEL SMITH Half Pans Watercolor Set 5 Sketchers Liz Steel - Doodlewash

Sketchers Set

Ultimate Mixing Set

This hand poured watercolor half pan set has 3 unique* DANIEL SMITH colors, including our NEW Jane’s Grey, plus 12 more colors that feature different watercolor properties, colormix beautifully and allow you to create of a vast spectrum of colors and effects.  The challenging process of selecting an excellent performing palette of colors has been done and is now ready for you!

  • Buff Titanium*
  • Hansa Yellow Medium
  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Pyrrol Scarlet
  • Permanent Alizarin Crimson
  • Quinacridone Rose
  • Ultramarine Blue
  • Cerulean Blue, Chromium
  • Phthalo Blue (Green Shade)
  • Phthalo Green (Blue Shade)
  • Goethite (Brown Ochre)*
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Indian Red
  • Raw Umber
  • Jane’s Grey* [New Color!]
DANIEL SMITH Half Pans Watercolor Set 6 Ultimate Mixing Jane Blundell - Doodlewash

Ultimate Mixing Set

We are excited that artists Jane Blundell, Jean Haines, Liz Steel, Brenda Swenson, Julie Karlsson and more, will be writing articles about their favorite DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Half Pan Sets, and showing how they are inspired by the colors!  Please watch for these articles on DANIELSMITH.com, Facebook and Instagram.

Daniel Smith Half Pan Ultimate Mixing Set Product Photo

Photo of Actual Product – Ultimate Mixing Set

Hand Poured Watercolor

Following in the Daniel Smith Tradition of manufacturing the finest, handcrafted paints and products, our pans are hand poured. Hand Pouring pans is incredibly labor intensive but offers the purest form of professional watercolor half pans.  It takes 3 to 4 pours over a period of several months of drying to produce each half pan of DANIEL SMITH Watercolor.

Features Of DANIEL SMITH Half Pans

  • Hand Crafted
  • 3-4 pours from start to finish – months to complete each pan
  • Professional Artists Quality
  • Finest pigments
  • Highest pigment load
  • Re-wets quickly
  • Consistency
  • Exceptional Lightfast Pigments
  • 38 colors available throughout 6 select sets.  18 colors are unique only to DANIEL SMITH including 5 PrimaTeks
  • DANIEL SMITH uses the exact same formula for both tube and pan colors
  • Portable and Easy to use. Perfect for travel, plein air, urban sketching and exploring unique color combinations
  • New color (available in pans only) Jane’s Grey
  • Pans are not available in open stock

UPDATE: DANIEL SMITH Hand Poured Watercolor Half Pan Sets release date – sets will be in stores by the end of October. Ask for availability at your favorite Art Supply Store!

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  1. Cheryl Wright 4 years ago

    Just when I was beginning to think I had enough palettes with Daniel Smith watercolours. Ah Charlie, I’m gonna be on that 15-pan Sketcher Set like butter on bread.

  2. Thomas Blanchard 4 years ago

    These look awesome! It’s great to see them expand into pans.

  3. Jessica Seacrest 4 years ago

    My paint nerd is jumping up and down on the inside!!!

  4. Paula 4 years ago

    When and how can I order please? Do u ship to the uk too? Many thanks x

  5. Sandra Strait 4 years ago

    Oh, be still my beating heart! I want them all of course. Excuse me, while I go and count my money!

  6. Lorraine Schneider 4 years ago

    I’v Been waiting for them to come out with pans! How exciting!

  7. Judy McAdam 4 years ago

    Want all Daniel Smith pans

  8. Leah Stark 4 years ago

    I’m so excited!! This will be a great way to try more colors!! And the different palettes look great….I think I want them all 🙂

  9. Tracy 4 years ago

    When I saw the initial teaser photo, I thought “hmmm…those look like Jane Blundell’s ultimate mixing colors” because…I have one palette set up with those 😉 I’m intrigued by the choices in the Sketcher’s set because I’ve recently swapped both transp red oxide and Monte Amiata natural sienna into my own palette (replacing burnt sienna and yellow ocher/raw sienna).

    Seems rather silly that they won’t do open stock as well. I can definitely vouch for a big difference in how those hand poured pans look compared to MY “hand poured” pans of DS paints 😉

  10. virtualfacilitator 4 years ago

    me too!!!!!

  11. Catherine Ryan 4 years ago

    Great idea. It would be wonderful if Daniel Smith began to sell in Ireland but until then hopefully Jacksons in the UK will sell these pan sets.

  12. Yukari Bromfield 4 years ago

    This is so cool! I can’t wait!!!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      I know right? hehe… so thrilled to be a part of making the announcement! 🙂

  13. Chantel Keona 4 years ago

    Great palette!

  14. donna 4 years ago

    I can NOT wait!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful announcement!

  15. Alice Hendon 4 years ago

    wow! I love that colors of inspiration set!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Yeah… these are so pretty awesome palettes these artists came up with! 🙂

  16. Pat J Cheshire 4 years ago

    Teaser! Just when I thought I had all the paint I needed. I’ll start saving now.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      hehe! Yeah, this was a “bit” of a tease, but coming soon in October. Stay tuned, Pat! 🙂

  17. Sharon Nolfi 4 years ago

    Great news!

  18. Cathy 4 years ago

    Any idea of how much they will cost?

  19. Jennifer McLean 4 years ago

    Holy COW, those are so awesome. Every single artist who sees them is drooling!

  20. hollythreesixfive 4 years ago

    Shoot I’m gonna be so broke!!!!! I need them all.

  21. Mia Archambeault 4 years ago

    Pretty sure my heart just exploded from the pure awesomeness. I am so excited that DS is going to have sets!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Aww that’s so awesome to hear! Glad you enjoyed this announcement, Mia! 🙂

  22. John 4 years ago

    This is HUGE!

  23. Bekki Page 4 years ago

    Oh, that 6 color sketching palette is Liz Steele’s combo that I adore!!!!💖💙💛

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      hehe… there’s So many awesome options here! Going to be an exciting launch! 🙂

  24. namdbiblio 4 years ago

    Daniel Smith just reached India last week and now this. Whatever will I do now?! Wait for the pans or buy the tubes decisions decisions decisions!?🤔😂

  25. Kelly R. Wilson 4 years ago

    Which one to choose? Each set has its own beauty and I want them all. Time to buckle down the budget because the Ultimate Mixing Set is definitely coming home with me! Thanks for the exciting report, Charlie!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      My pleasure, Kelly! 🙂 Yeah…these definitely have a collect all 6 vibe to them don’t they?

  26. Karla Laura Smith 4 years ago

    Hello Charlie, What a fun site and wonderful news. I’ve not felt confident yet to participate with world watercolor month but I’m getting close. I’m currently putting together a travel set with my Daniel Smith Watercolor sticks to teach myself color mixing and used Jane’s suggested colors to get me started. It will be interesting for me to learn how different the stick form is in comparison to the hand poured half pans. I’m sure I will be purchasing a new DS palette or two when they are available since I can’t resist…… Anyway, I will be back to read more on this resourceful site.

    Warm regards,
    ~ Karla

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Yay! Yes, these sets are going to be so awesome!! So happy you found Doodlewash, Karla! 🙂 You can also log in to this site with Facebook and post here as well.. it’s a super supportive and much smaller community and there’s also a Beginner’s to Watercolor group! Hope you’ll check it out! My post today, for Day 11, is all about conquering my own shyness. I was terrified to post anything and just went for it… and well… this site happened. 😉 So now I just say go for it!

  27. Ekaterine 4 years ago

    Oh YES! Jane Blundell!!! AT LAST!

  28. Ina 4 years ago

    What is meant with the * and “unique” colors? Wisteria for example is a “normal” Daniel Smith colour, I have a tube of it ?

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Yes… the “unique” simply means unique to Daniel Smith. A color only they produce. 😉

  29. Dee Ludwig 4 years ago

    Delighted! Almost all of these( on the set of 15) are already on my regular palette. Makes me feel like a wise ole woman!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      hehe! I’m sure you are a wise woman, Dee! 😉 Yeah, these are going to be wonderful sets to have!

  30. Alejandro Morales 4 years ago

    I hope Jane’s Grey will be available in tubes too!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      At launch, it will only be available in pans only. Not sure what the future holds though. 😉

  31. Mitch Zeissler 4 years ago

    Wow! Daniel Smith is finally giving Schmincke a run for their money with hand-poured half-pans! I wonder if they’ll eventually expand it to all of their line like Schmincke already has. This is great news!

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Yeah, it’s really exciting! Glad you enjoyed this big little piece of news! 😉

  32. Judy Rice 4 years ago

    OMG! I’m going to have to start saviing up for the 15 colors. Can’t wait.

  33. suzanne linch 4 years ago

    Wow exciting, sorry purse your going to get purged

  34. AMY COON 4 years ago

    Hurry up and release these already!!!!!

  35. Rusty 4 years ago

    The Daniel Smith Ultimate Mixing Set has a suggested retail price of US$114.60. It comes with two of the 15-half pan palettes and 30 half pans — so 15 extra half pans.

    The Daniel Smith half pan sets with six colors have a suggested retail price of US$55.31. These will come in the same 15-half pan palette and include 15 half pans (so nine extra half pans).

  36. BabsLouie 4 years ago

    I’m ogling that Buff Titanium — it’s the toned neutral I’ve been searching for!

  37. Amy L. Giglio 4 years ago

    Ahhhh I would really love to try this set!!

  38. Walter F Pierluissi 4 years ago

    Daniel Smith is actually one of the best brands of watercolors, and this sets will be very popular among watercolorist. I can’t wait to get one and do some plain air this fall… South Indiana is a great spot to be in the fall and that’s where I am…. What a luck!!!!

  39. Ashok 4 years ago

    Wow. Just amazing. Who doesn’t want one.


  40. Barbara 4 years ago

    Beautiful! Absolutely beautiful color values!!! Daniel Smith never lets me down.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Yep! Daniel Smith is amazing! These are going to be amazing sets!! Coming out super soon now! 🙂

  41. Glenn 4 years ago

    This isn’t exactly the Ultimate mixing set. The actual set has pyrrol crimson in the set but this one has permanent alizarin crimson instead. Why were these switched I wonder?

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 4 years ago

      Oh wow… thanks for catching that Glenn! Daniel Smith lists the color as permanent alizarin crimson, but indeed it’s different than Jane’s palette. I’ll have to check into that to see what’s up!

    • Sandra Strait 4 years ago

      Glenn, I know that the Blues set was changed due to technical difficulties with Blue Apatite Genuine. It’s possible that a similar change was made with the pyrrol crimson.

  42. Gale Sherman 4 years ago

    What is the inside dimension of the Daniel Smith half pans? I’m tryin to visualize the amount of paint.

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