am am surprised that Daniel smith colours have quality issues. I have only tried samples and also bought some half pan paints to try. I have yet to buy tube paints of Daniel smith for now but I do want to try their half pans which are coming up soon.
like Sandra, I buy a good set of tube paints for big paintings. Reason being even the large full pans may damage the fatter brushes. I also agree with her that pan paints are better for storage. But I am trying to figure out what manufacturers out into their pannpaints to keep them hard to fit in pans but soft to easily reset them. Maybe glycerin? I think Daniel smith tube paints are really very dry and harden in pans.
schmincke is by far the best for pan paints but can be very expensive to do large paintings. And I’m only starting……..
thanks for the invaluable advice! I will keep at heart of the points you’ve made!
I also think pan paints are ideal to store rather than using tube paints. Some tube paints are too dry that they look like dehydrated rocks on the palette which I can’t stand. But they are genuinely money saving.
So what I did was I decided to get a set of white nights tubes because their paints are wetter and hopefully they don’t dry too much in the tubes. But I doubt they will judging from the pan paints I have from white nights.
frankly speaking I think white nights are under rated because they are a strong competitor. I can’t find much fault with the paints. And I realized I often use white nights for many colours rather than some other brands because the hues are brilliant.
For transparency and brilliance, Daniel Smith comes in tops. They are genuinely Watercolours. But they only in tubes. Schmincke is great but too expensive to do on a large scale. I too think that Sennelier is great for florals. So expensive pans for small delicate pieces for now, economical ones for me to splash and try is my current strategy for now. Actually the most expensive is the papers.
I don’t know how I can save on that one. But I try using cellulose papers for practice and save the cotton ones for the real thing. Then again, the irony is the draft usually is the better one!!!!
I have a fundamental knowledge in colours but i don’t delve in it too much. Because colours by name and colours in practice can be different. Then again, when you communicate in words, these terms and theories need to be known.
I have injured my right arm by accident so I dont think I can paint much for this month. But I am grateful to have my arm sprained instead of broken. Will have to be extra careful now.
many thanks for useful links! I have the same Sennelier set shown in the link. Sennelier has good layering properties and they are good for painting flora I would think. I also own a few cosmotop brushes so I know the quality. But I think ultimately I may need bigger brushes because I am thinking of doing bigger paintings.
I have a problem with what colors to use permanently and I subconsciously bought too many colours to try, because I don’t know how the colours would suit me.
Schmincke is good brand but the price is steep. Sennelier is Bette but the pigment content appears to be lower then Schmincke.
I wonder how you find about other brands like Daniel Smith and white nights?
I don’t find white nights a problem but I don’t find them many top 10 list on the internet. I wonder if there’s anything I miss about these wings apart from the fact their prices are very attractive. If I want to paint big as an amateur, I think white nights is a good choice. Tube paints is another.
I too think I will use tubes but I don’t know my permanent palette of colors yet which is the trouble. So far I have been buying small sets and samples to try out different singing styles and all. Half pans are expensive, but I don’t seem to have a choice until I try and experiment. I am wondering what brand paints to get because I tried some brands and i thought different paints suit different painting styles. So I don’t know if I should get a bunch of every brand?
I have bought more than a few brushes where I started off…. but I have not set foot on all kolinsky hair brushes because that is expensive for a amateur. Instead i bought some good sable blends and mixed hair brushes. I also bought a few synthetic makes.
I wonder how to set a palette up. I paint by sight and feel for colours. My maiden paintings are on my own page here on doodlewash. Please feel free to crit.
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