My Top 10 & Top 20 Watercolor Colors for Cardmaking

My Top 10 & Top 20 Watercolor Colors for Cardmaking. Video

Ever since early Spring of this year I’ve been slowly acquiring and growing my watercolor collection. I’m finally at a point where I have plenty of colors, I’ve identified some that I reach for most often and I am happy with my collection. This doesn’t mean I won’t change things up in the future, I might, but right now I am as happy as they get.

Yana Smakula | My Top 10 & Top 20 Watercolor Colors for Cardmaking #watercolor #danielsmith

My true watercolor journey started when I received a sample dot chart of Daniel Smith watercolors about 2 years ago. Prior to that moment I’ve been using Distress inks and Gansai Tambi watercolors which are both great products, but they are beginner products.

I am not aspiring to be the best watercolor artist in the world, but I would love to up my skill level and it’s always best to do so using high quality supplies. To me there is a night and day difference between these and while I still use my Distress inks for watercoloring on occasion (you can get great results using them), I reach more and more for my Daniel Smith paints.

MY TOP 10 & TOP 20 WATERCOLOR COLORS FOR CARDMAKING

If you’d like to start your own collection of professional quality watercolors getting a dot chart is a very good idea. I had my Daniel Smith chart for a little over a year – this gave me plenty of time to try out nearly all of the colors and decide which had to become must haves in my collection and which I could do without.

Yana Smakula | My Top 10 & Top 20 Watercolor Colors for Cardmaking #watercolor #danielsmith

Also, if you are very new to watercolor – do take a watercoloring class. The only class I’ve taken (and have also contributed to) is Watercolors For Cardmakers Intermediate Techniques. It’s an exceptionally good class with loads of useful information; and the best part is – it is designer for cardmakers. Also, see this blog post by Debby Hughes – very inspirational and filled with useful information.

Yana Smakula | My Top 10 & Top 20 Watercolor Colors for Cardmaking #watercolor #danielsmith

Another thing to note and keep in mind, you can mix many of the colors yourself by combining primary, secondary and tertiary colors together. So it might be a good idea to get just the basic colors and mix your own. I do not like mixing my own colors unless I have to (I do mix my own black), so instead of mixing colors I love, I purchased them.

So without further ado, my list of Top 10 and Top 20 watercolor colors for cardmaking.

MY TOP 10 COLORS

Yana Smakula | My Top 10 & Top 20 Watercolor Colors for Cardmaking #watercolor #danielsmith

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Quinacridone Gold | Quinacridone Coral | Quinacridone Rose | Quinacridone Magenta | Imperial Purple | Sap Green | Undersea Green | Cobalt Teal Blue | Indigo | Transparent Brown. All are Daniel Smith colors.

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Daniel Smith Quinacridone Coral 5ml
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Coral 5ml
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Daniel Smith Quinacridone Rose 5ml
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Rose 5ml
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Daniel Smith Quinacridone Magenta 5ml
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Magenta 5ml
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Daniel Smith Imperial Purple 5ml
Daniel Smith Imperial Purple 5ml
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Daniel Smith Sap Green 5ml
Daniel Smith Sap Green 5ml
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Daniel Smith Undersea Green 5ml
Daniel Smith Undersea Green 5ml
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Daniel Smith Cobalt Teal Blue 5ml
Daniel Smith Cobalt Teal Blue 5ml
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Daniel Smith Indigo 5ml
Daniel Smith Indigo 5ml
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Daniel Smith Transparent Brown Oxide 15ml
Daniel Smith Transparent Brown Oxide 15ml
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MY TOP 20 COLORS

Yana Smakula | My Top 10 & Top 20 Watercolor Colors for Cardmaking #watercolor #danielsmith

10 above plus: Alizarin Crimson | Pyrrol Red | Bordeaux | Olive Green | Duochrome Oceanic | Ultramarine Turquoise | Cascade Green | Lunar Blue | Phthalo Blue | Sodalite Genuine. All are Daniel Smith colors.

Daniel Smith Alizarin Crimson
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Daniel Smith Pyrrol Red
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Daniel Smith Bordeaux 15ml
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Daniel Smith Olive Green
Daniel Smith Olive Green
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Daniel Smith Duochrome Oceanic
Daniel Smith Duochrome Oceanic
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Daniel Smith Ultramarine Turquoise
Daniel Smith Ultramarine Turquoise
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Daniel Smith Cascade Green
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Daniel Smith Lunar Blue
Daniel Smith Lunar Blue
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Daniel Smith Phthalo Blue
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Daniel Smith Sodalite Genuine
Daniel Smith Sodalite Genuine
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All colors I currently have and love by row:

My Top 10 & Top 20 Watercolor Colors for Cardmaking

Schmincke Gold | DS Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue | DS Quinacridone Gold | DS Quinacridone Deep Gold | DS Buff Titanium | DS Quinacridone Coral | DS Quinacridone Rose | DS Opera Pink | DS Rhodonite Genuine | Schmincke Ruby Red | DS Alizarin Crimson | Schmincke Vermilion

DS Pyrrol Red | DS Pyrrol Crimson | DS Bordeaux | DS Naphthamide Maroon | DS Quinacridone Magenta | DS Quinacridone Violet | DS Sugilite Genuine | DS Amethyst Genuine | DS Imperial Purple | DS Moonglow | DS Phthalo Yellow Green

DS Sap Green | DS Serpentine Genuine | DS Olive Green | DS Green Apatite Genuine | DS Iridescent Topaz | DS Undersea Green | DS Duochrome Oceanic | DS Fuchsite Genuine | DS Amazonite Genuine | DS Cobalt Teal Blue | DS Sleeping Beauty Turquoise | DS Ultramarine Turquoise

DS Phthalo Turquoise | DS Cascade Green | DS Kyanite Genuine | DS Lunar Blue | DS Indigo | Schmincke Indigo |  DS Phthalo Blue | DS Hematite Violet Genuine | DS Goethite Brown Ochre | DS Transparent Brown | DS Sodalite Genuine

VIDEO

I filmed a chatty video about my favorite colors and the dot chart. Watch it below or on my Youtube channel.

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SUMMARY

If you are new to watercolor be sure to check and see if you already own watercolor paints or if you have Distress inks. Many markers can be used for watercoloring and give great results. It took me good 2 years from first being introduced to Daniel Smith watercolors and having a full 47 color collection, so don’t rush. Get a dot chart and give yourself enough time to explore the paints and learn what colors you love best.

Yana Smakula | My Top 10 & Top 20 Watercolor Colors for Cardmaking #watercolor #danielsmith

SUPPLIES

I’m listing the products I used below. Click on the link to go directly to the product. Where available I use compensated affiliate links which means if you make a purchase I receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you so much for your support

Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor 238-Dot Color Chart
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolor 238-Dot Color Chart
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Hero Arts Daniel Smith Watercolor Dot Palette
Hero Arts Daniel Smith Watercolor Dot Palette
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Daniel Smith Quinacridone Rose 5ml
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Rose 5ml
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Daniel Smith Imperial Purple 5ml
Daniel Smith Imperial Purple 5ml
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Daniel Smith Sap Green 5ml
Daniel Smith Sap Green 5ml
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Daniel Smith Phthalo Turquoise 5ml
Daniel Smith Phthalo Turquoise 5ml
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Daniel Smith Goethite-Brown Ochre 15ml
Daniel Smith Goethite-Brown Ochre 15ml
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Daniel Smith Quinacridone Deep Gold 5ml
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Deep Gold 5ml
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Daniel Smith Cobalt Teal Blue 5ml
Daniel Smith Cobalt Teal Blue 5ml
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Daniel Smith Quinacridone Magenta 5ml
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Magenta 5ml
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Daniel Smith Extra Fine Essential Watercolor Set
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Essential Watercolor Set
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Daniel Smith Primary Extra Fine Watercolor Triad Set
Daniel Smith Primary Extra Fine Watercolor Triad Set
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Daniel Smith Secondary Extra Fine Watercolor Triad Set
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Daniel Smith Quinacridone Gold 5ml
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Gold 5ml
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Daniel Smith Quinacridone Coral 5ml
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Coral 5ml
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Daniel Smith Indigo 5ml
Daniel Smith Indigo 5ml
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Daniel Smith Undersea Green 5ml
Daniel Smith Undersea Green 5ml
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Daniel Smith Transparent Brown Oxide 15ml
Daniel Smith Transparent Brown Oxide 15ml
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Daniel Smith Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue 5ml
Daniel Smith Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue 5ml
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Daniel Smith Buff Titanium 5ml
Daniel Smith Buff Titanium 5ml
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Daniel Smith Opera Pink
Daniel Smith Opera Pink
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Daniel Smith Rhodonite Genuine
Daniel Smith Rhodonite Genuine
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Daniel Smith Alizarin Crimson
Daniel Smith Alizarin Crimson
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Daniel Smith Pyrrol Red
Daniel Smith Pyrrol Red
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Daniel Smith Pyrrol Crimson 15ml
Daniel Smith Pyrrol Crimson 15ml
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Daniel Smith Bordeaux 15ml
Daniel Smith Bordeaux 15ml
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Daniel Smith Naphthamide Maroon 15ml
Daniel Smith Naphthamide Maroon 15ml
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Daniel Smith Quinacridone Violet
Daniel Smith Quinacridone Violet
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Daniel Smith Sugilite Genuine
Daniel Smith Sugilite Genuine
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Daniel Smith Amethyst Genuine
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Daniel Smith Moonglow
Daniel Smith Moonglow
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Daniel Smith Phthalo Yellow Green
Daniel Smith Phthalo Yellow Green
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Daniel Smith Serpentine Genuine
Daniel Smith Serpentine Genuine
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Daniel Smith Olive Green
Daniel Smith Olive Green
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Daniel Smith Green Apatite Genuine
Daniel Smith Green Apatite Genuine
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Daniel Smith Iridescent Topaz
Daniel Smith Iridescent Topaz
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Daniel Smith Duochrome Oceanic
Daniel Smith Duochrome Oceanic
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Daniel Smith Fuchsite Genuine
Daniel Smith Fuchsite Genuine
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Daniel Smith Amazonite Genuine
Daniel Smith Amazonite Genuine
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Daniel Smith Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
Daniel Smith Sleeping Beauty Turquoise
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Daniel Smith Ultramarine Turquoise
Daniel Smith Ultramarine Turquoise
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Daniel Smith Cascade Green
Daniel Smith Cascade Green
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Daniel Smith Kyanite Genuine
Daniel Smith Kyanite Genuine
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Daniel Smith Lunar Blue
Daniel Smith Lunar Blue
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Daniel Smith Phthalo Blue
Daniel Smith Phthalo Blue
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Daniel Smith Hematite Violet Genuine
Daniel Smith Hematite Violet Genuine
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Daniel Smith Sodalite Genuine
Daniel Smith Sodalite Genuine
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Schmincke Indigo
Schmincke Indigo
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Schmincke Ruby Red
Schmincke Ruby Red
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Schmincke Gold
Schmincke Gold
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Schmincke Vermilion
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9 Comments

    1. Thanks for the video, Yana. My journey with watercolor has been similar to yours. I’ve been playing with distress inks (using them to watercolor) and heard about the Daniel Smith “dot chart” (probably from you!). I mentioned it to a watercolor artist friend who happened to have some charts she wasn’t going to use and she gave them to me. I just began playing with them just a little bit!!! Am looking forward to challenging myself to use them more and see how I like them. It was helpful in your video to see some of the colors closer up and after water is added! A very timely video for me!!!! Thanks, again!

    1. Love it!! Thank you for sharing with us. Where did you get your swatch sheets?

      1. thank you, Casey! It was a download from a class – Watercolors For Cardmakers Intermediate Techniques from Online Card Classes.

    1. Thank you for the very informative video. The colors are very vibrant and beautiful!

    1. Yana, thank you so much for the video on watercolor. Very interesting. As to your pronouncing you did very well, am sure there are many of us would have trouble of them as well.

    1. Yana, thank you…this is encouraging. I’m a timid beginner. I’ve also tried everything from distress inks to watercolor pencils. It’s time to put on my big girls pants and buy professional watercolors. BTW…your enunciation is lovely.

    1. Thank you for sharing, I am looking forwards to learning more about water coloring.

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