I’ve just cleaned and topped up my palette for my end of year “stay-cation” so it was the perfect time to updated you on what has changed in the last few months.
(NOTE: This post has been updated APRIL 2019)
What’s in my palette
DS Hansa Yellow Medium PY97
DS Transparent Pyrrol Orange PO71
DS Quinacridone Rose PV19
SCH French Ultramarine PB29
DS Cerulean Blue Chromium PB36
DS Indanthrone Blue PB60
WN Cobalt Turquoise Light PG50 APRIL UPDATE: I have also been testing WN Cobalt Turquoise
DS Cobalt Blue PB28
DS Buff Titanium PW6
SCH Potters Pink PR233 MARCH UPDATE: I have now returned to using WN Potter’s Pink
DS Quinacridone Gold PO49
DS Sap Green PO48 PG7 PY150
DS Monte Amiata Natural Sienna PBr7
DS Transparent Red Oxide PR101
(DS Bloodstone Genuine) MARCH UPDATE: I have now returned to using DS Van Dkye Brown
Steels Grey III (a pre mix of WN Cobalt Deep Blue with a little DS Quin Burnt Orange and a touch of DS Quin Rose)
APRIL UPDATE: I have added WN Naples Yellow and reduced TRO full pan to half to fit this extra colour in.
Note 1: DS = Daniel Smith, WN = Winsor Newton, SCH = Schmincke
Note 2: I am listing them as I think of them – right column first and then left column (as I’m a leftie) – so please excuse that this list doesn’t relate to the way you are probably reading the above image!
Note 3: Cobalt paints have toxicity issues so please make sure you are aware of this. Check out this great section on the Handprint site about the topic.
What has changed
- I’ve removed my Soft Grey (a premix of DS Cerulean Blue Chromium, Hansa Yellow Medium and a touch of Quinacridone Rose) to make room for DS Cobalt Blue. I can easily mix it and I’m using cobalt as a base for ‘soft greys’ anyway.
- I’m testing SCH French Ultramarine Blue instead of DS Ultramarine Blue as the DS version dries very hard in the pan.
- I’ve temporarily swapped out DS Van Dyke Brown PBr7 for DS Bloodstone Genuine. Bloodstone is a fun colour and seems to do most things that I need Van Dyke Brown for. MARCH UPDATE: I have now returned to using DS Van Dkye Brown
- I’ve testing the SCH version of Potter’s Pink to see if it’s got a little more oomph than the WN version. MARCH UPDATE: I have now returned to using WN Potter’s Pink
Basically, I haven’t changed it much in the last few years, but there are a few minor tweaks to see if there are alternatives that will work a little better for me!
My previous palette (from Dec 2016) can be found here.
Other articles to check out:
My watercolour section – with lots of things to consider when choosing your colours
Recommended minimum palette of 6 colours
A basic 12 colour palette
Putting together my palette for a big trip
So are you making any changes to your sketching kit for the start of the new year?