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DANIEL SMITH PrimaTek paints are literally made from the ground up. From prehistoric times to the Renaissance and beyond, artists have relied on pigments mined from the earth, and DANIEL SMITH is truly proud to have revived these time-honored colors for today’s painters.
The DANIEL SMITH PrimaTek line began in 1998 with a cache of Lapis Lazuli—the gold-speckled blue gemstone seen in King Tut’s mask—that was found, ground and formulated into artist-quality watercolor paint.
“I have always been fascinated by rocks. In fact, some of my earliest memories are of finding rocks with unique colors and qualities, or of the smooth ones I could paint pictures on. I never dreamed then that I would one day be able to paint with them!
From the first brushstroke I knew that DANIEL SMITH PrimaTek paints were going to be an amazing addition to my watercolor palette. Hello rich natural colors, fascinating textures and the delight of the magical combination of water plus pure mineral pigment.
My students are thrilled with how simple it can be to create really exciting paintings. Landscapes nearly paint themselves! I’ve found they add an extra dimension to watercolor that captivates both beginners and seasoned artists alike. A painting experience not to be missed!”
Finding these minerals involves Indiana Jones-worthy journeys by plane, jeep and even mule to remote locations, identifying high-quality veins of ore and then negotiating procurement from local miners. The large minerals or “massive” as they are called, are then processed to reveal the color within. From this pigment, the DANIEL SMITH chemist and paint makers blend it with the perfect ratio of medium, grind and re-grind it to bring out the natural beauty of each color.
Featured Color: Serpentine Genuine
DANIEL SMITH brings artists an unusually beautiful Serpentine pigment from the land down under. This Australian green color serpentine is of a variety called Stichtite. A soft stone used cross culturally for carving Amulets used to ward off harm. This surprising semi-transparent paint is a luminous green that granulates specks of burnt scarlet and is a great addition to your landscape and floral palette.
DANIEL SMITH offers a large range of PrimaTek colors, from subtle neutral pinks and browns to vibrant jewel tones of red, blue and green. They bring natural beauty and rich texture to your palette, along with the unique history of pigments that are literally millions of years old.