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Daniel Smith PrimaTek Watercolors

The Daniel Smith PrimaTek Watercolors are among the most unique watercolors produced in the world. What makes them unique is that they are natural pigments, that come from the rocks and minerals of the earth. While most watercolors today are produced from synthetic chemicals, the beauty of natural pigments, many of which have been used since ancient times, are unique and wonderful. Most of the PrimaTek colors also are granulating in nature. Many of the paints use pigments that have never before been used to make paint to my knowledge.

Here are most of the PrimaTek colors out of the tube, mixed with water.

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The color chart below was done on rough watercolor paper. There are a few watercolors from the line that I was missing, so they are not on the chart.

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The Information that follows comes from Daniel Smith

I apologize that the table format does not seem to be able to be saved into WC.

Item Information
Lightfastness

Staining

Transparency

Granulation


Amazonite Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Transparent

No

Amethyst Genuine
Extremely Permanent

Low-Staining

Semi-Transparent

Yes


Azurite Genuine

Extremely Permanent

Non-Staining
Semi-Transparent

Yes

Bloodstone Genuine
Extremely Permanent

Non-Staining
Transparent

Yes


Black Tourmaline

Extremely Permanent

Non-Staining

Transparent

Yes


Blue Apatite Genuine
Extremely Permanent

Non-Staining

Transparent

Yes


Bronzite Genuine
Extremely Permanent

Non-Staining

Transparent

Yes


Burnt Bronzite Genuine
Extremely Permanent

Non-Staining

Transparent

Yes


Diopside Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Low-Staining

Transparent
Yes

Fuchsite Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Transparent
No

Garnet Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Low-Staining
Transparent
Yes

Green Apatite Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Low-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Hematite
Extremely Permanent
Low-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Hematite Burnt Scarlet
Extremely Permanent
Low-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Hematite Violet
Extremely Permanent
Low-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Jadeite Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Kyanite Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Transparent
Yes

Lapis Lazuli Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Malachite Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Mayan Blue Genuine
Very Good
Low-Staining
Transparent
Yes

Minnesota Pipestone (Genuine Catlinite)
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Mummy Bauxite (Natural Iron Oxides)
Extremely Permanent
Low-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Piemontite
Extremely Permanent
Low-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Purpurite Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Low-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Red Fuchsite
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Transparent
Yes

Rhodonite Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Low-Staining
Transparent
Yes

Sedona Genuine (Natural Iron Oxide)
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Serpentine Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Sodalite Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Low-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Sugilite Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Low-Staining
Transparent
Yes

Tiger's Eye Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Transparent
Yes

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes

Kingman Green Turquoise Genuine
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Transparent
Yes

Vivianite (Blue Ochre)
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Transparent
Yes

Yavapai Genuine (Natural Iron Oxides)
Extremely Permanent
Non-Staining
Transparent
Yes

Zoisite Genuine

Extremely Permanent
Low-Staining
Semi-Transparent
Yes


Additional PrimaTek Information
Some additional notes about the pigments and the lore of some of the minerals and rocks used in the PrimaTek Watercolor line.


Amazonite Genuine

Daniel Smith has acquired a unique supply of the precious mineral Amazonite from Brazil. It's a strong pure color that is completely transparent, non-staining and lifts easily for mazimum versatility.

Natural Amazonite Genuine provides all the magic of the hills and forests of Brazil. This lovely teal shade of feldspar microcline, a precious mineral, was named for the Amazon River and was used in ancient times as war paint by fierce female warriors.

In addition, legends state that when you wear a piece of Amazonite you will harmonize your soul and be attuned to the spiritual dimension. Small carvings of Amazonite were tucked into a baby's bunting to sooth and pacify. A shared piece of this lovely teal mineral was believed to enhance and further unite the union of soul mates.


Amethyst Genuine

Amethyst Genuine is a rich, true purple it's almost black in masstone and capable of infinite gradation. Although it is a granulating color, it can also make lovely clear washes.


Azurite Genuine

Azurite Genuine's tranquil clear blue, lightfast and transparent, is beautiful for skies or distant mountains. The color was widely used through the Renaissance, then replaced by less expensive, more easily derived pigments such as Cobalt Blue and Cerulean. Our latest supply of Azurite is the brightest and purest we have offered.

Bloodstone Genuine

Bloodstone is legendary for its mystical, magical and medicinal properties. Sacred to Christians, who believe the dark red drops in this green jasper represent the blood of Christ, Bloodstone comes from our line of superb PrimaTek« naturally pigmented watercolors.

Its intense and velvety aubergine mass tone develops into a warm gray wash that lifts beautifully and provides immediate gratification when it comes to granulation, be it on hot- or cold-pressed paper. Bloodstone mixes very well with each of our more than 200 watercolors and is especially wonderful with transparent Rhodonite Genuine and Quinacridone Burnt Orange.

Black Tourmaline

Can be as dark as night or as pale as a wispy fog. This intriguing new PrimaTek color is made from a semi-precious stone thought to bring luck, dispel negativity and promote clarity of purpose. In washes, especially on rough paper, it displays exciting granulation with delicate settling and a tracery of spidery runs. Intensely black in mass tone, it lets down to a beautiful pearl gray.

Blue Apatite Genuine

Gorgeous in color, Blue Apatite is a striking mineral that is rarely used in jewelry due to its relative softness. As an artist's pigment, though, it's fantastic ł a dense, rich midnight blue that granulates magnificently on cold- or hot-press papers. Within a wash, nuances of color are revealed, from inky near-black to rich Prussian-like blue. Create a stormy sky in one juicy stroke!

Bronzite Genuine

A warm honey-bronze color with lustrous sparkle provided by very fine films of iron oxide. The fibrous, fairly fragile Bronzite stone from Brazil is occasionally used in jewelry but excels as a watercolor pigment. It's a warm golden-brown in masstone - somewhere between ochre and sienna, but distinctly different - that lets down into pale washes of soft, always warm, sandy beige. In a wash on cold press or rough paper, the brown settles out of this intriguing special-effect color.

Burnt Bronzite Genuine

Gorgeous Burnt Bronzite Genuine pushes the honey tone of Bronzite Genuine to a more coppery hue. Both deeper brown and more orange, it's ideal for portrait work as it easily produces a wide range of flesh tones. Like Bronzite Genuine, it gets a subtle lustrous sparkle from iron oxide.

Diopside Genuine

Diopside Genuine is a rich gemstone green you'll reach for tima and again. Also known as the Russian Emerald, the mineral is usually seen in fine jewellery. We are proud to be the first to offer it as a watercolor. Exquisite in hue, it brushes out evenly from deep bottle green through clear Kelly green to palest mint. The chromium rich stone from which it's ground is green with brownish inclusions. Im washes hints of the brown mineral settle out, adding an earthy nuance perfect for landscape work.

Fuchsite Genuine

Made from pure Fuchsite, a mineral with mica-like characteristics, this color creates a luminous pearly green shimmer.

Soft, subtle with a pearly green shimmer, Fuchsite PrimaTek watercolor is luminous and elegant. Made from pure Fuchsite, a Russian mineral with mica-like characteristics, this transparent mineral color is great for layering delicate green to add luster and dimension to your paintings.

Try glazing this over a stronger green to soften and enhance foliage or add it one subtle layer at a time to cool your study with a unique glow and non-traditional hue.

Garnet Genuine

Has all the warmth and allure of the January birthstone. Our newest PrimaTek color is a gorgeous, warm reddish-orange with similar hue but more texture than Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet. Try mixing it with Cerulean Blue for beautiful mauves and grays. It reticulates wonderfully and creates unexpected surprises in washes.

Green Apatite Genuine

PrimaTek Green Apatite Watercolor lets you create a beautiful range of greensłfresh yellow-green to deep olivełwith a single tube. This sedimentary color is a dark, almost brown, olive green in mass tone. In washes, the brown settles out of a vivid natural green, creating memorable texture and contrast.

Hematite

Hematite is ground from a heavy silvery-black mineral rich in iron. In a thick wash, the heavier particles settle, creating bold granulation. In a thin wash, it is a soft dove gray.

Hematite or the traditional Greek name, Bloodstone - when you paint, you can almost feel the pounding of the battle drums as ancient warriors covered their bodies with Hematite in the belief that they would be protected from mortal wounds. According to lore ad superstition, large surface deposits of Hematite mark the site of hard fought battles, where the blood of fallen soldiers flowed into the ground.

Hematite Burnt Scarlet

Hematite is ground from a heavy silvery-black mineral rich in iron. In a thick wash, the heavier particles settle, creating bold granulation.

Hematite Violet

Hematite is ground from a heavy silvery-black mineral rich in iron. In a thick wash, the heavier particles settle, creating bold granulation.

Jadeite Genuine

This exceptionally beautiful PrimaTek color is made from the more strongly colored of the two minerals known as jade ł the other is Nephrite. Used for eons in China and Central America, this gemstone now becomes a spectacular artist's color. Its luster is vitreous. From deep, dark-green mass tone to the palest wash, it creates all the exquisite shades we think of when we think of jade.

Kyanite Genuine

This exclusive DANIEL SMITH color is a stunnerła rich blue-gray with impressive granulation and dazzling, glittery sparkle. Its name comes from the Greek word kyanos meaning dark blue enamel. Thought to promote serenity, concentration and mental clarity, this shiny, translucent gemstone is used for jewelry and heat-resistant ceramics, and now for a watercolor that will add amazing texture and visual excitement to your work.

Lapis Lazuli Genuine

Lapis lazuli has been prized for its beauty, its mystical and healing properties, and its perfection as a pigment. Ancient civilizations believed that the veins of glittering pyrite found in the lapis were actual gold, driving up its value. The stone's expense today, as in the ancient world, results from its hardness, which makes extraction difficult, and it is only mined during the warmest months of the year.

Mined in the mountains of South America, this gem-quality pigment is an opulent medieval blue. There is not a hint of gray in this paint, with a classic, concentrated blue that is extremely vibrant and light reflective (due to the irregular and angular shape of the pigment particles). A touch of golden pyrite found as an inclusion adds a delightful shimmer. The result, for painters, is an elegant, almost three-dimensional effect that is completely different from the predictable blue of synthetic ultramarine pigments.

DANIEL SMITH Genuine Lapis Lazuli is at least 80% pure gem pigment suspended in a natural binder. In richness, prestige and historical precedent, there's nothing quite like it!

Malachite Genuine

Malachite Genuine is a clear, yellowish green made with pigment ground from the distinctively patterned gemstone. Used in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome, it remained the best green available for mural and easel painting up through the Renaissance. It is lightfast, with very good transparency. We have recently reformulated this color with purer, brighter malachite pigment.

Mayan Blue Genuine

DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolor Mayan Blue Genuine is our new PrimaTek colors, this gorgeous green-tinged indigo nearly defies description. Long ago, it adorned the murals and sculpture of the Mayan people and was featured in their rites and rituals. Its versatility, durability and exquisite hue will make it an instant favorite.

Minnesota Pipestone (Genuine Catlinite)

American pipestone is the stone that unified our people in a time of transition. This sacred mineral was the stone of choice for the legendary Sioux peace pipes. Traveling through Pipestone County, Minnesota, one can almost hear the murmurs of the past. The warm, muted tones of the pipestone foster an introspective creative flow.

DANIEL SMITH Minnesota Pipestone is created from pipestone of exactly the same shade as the stone that the Plains Indians revered and reserved for the making of their pipes. Milled in small batches, it honors history and lives up to contemporary expectations. A warm, soft, earthy pink, Minnesota Pipestone is semi-opaque and granulates beautifully in washes. It is as permanent as the rock from which it is made. The combination of our historic pipestone with modern synthetics is spellbinding. The technology takes your work to the limits, but the history will take you beyond them.

Mummy Bauxite (Natural Iron Oxides)

A warm cinnamon color that granulates to resemble rusted iron, DANIEL SMITH Mummy Bauxite combines powerful color with visual texture. Mummy was a very popular organic pigment in the 18th and 19th centuries, rumored to have been made from ground Egyptian mummies. The mineral's name comes from Les Beaux in southern France, where it was first identified in the 19th century. Our sources bring us Mummy Bauxite from Chitinskaya Province.

Unlike the old world color, DANIEL SMITH'S Mummy Bauxite is extremely lightfast, semi-transparent and low-staining. You get the tonal warmth and depth of traditional Mummy with the modern assurance that the color is strong, stable and consistent.

Piemontite

Ground from a scarlet-streaked mineral from the hills of Italy, Piemontite Genuine is a rich, versatile new PrimaTek« watercolor. A deep amethyst is the darkest value of this semi-transparent watercolor; adding water produces lovely violet-brown granulation with a carmine tone. Perfect for adding interest to shadows or painting the mottled surfaces of autumn leaves.

Purpurite Genuine

Officially discovered in 1905 and named for the Latin word purpura, meaning purple, Purpurite Genuine is an intensely lavender violet that paints smoothly and easily but also granulates subtly. It is semi-opaque with low staining levels, so it offers great versatile in use and technique. Purpurite Genuine is a mineral with a naturally occurring, low luster, silky sub-metallic sheen. This unique characteristic allows your painting to take on additional dimension as the light interacts with your washes and glazes. Enjoy adding this natural mineral pigment to your palette. You'll love the richness of this unique and rare purple color!

Red Fuchsite

The mountains of Brazil yield a beloved and treasured gemstone. Paint this soft, reddish dusky rose and watch as the mineral iridescent sheen rises to the surface of your brushstroke. This color, from our PrimaTek line of authentic mineral pigments, gives new definition to skies, botanicals and reflections.

Rhodonite Genuine

Made from jewelry-quality stone, this versatile rose pink is wonderful for portraits and landscapes. Used wet into wet, it creates a soft, transparent glow, without granulation. At full value, it is more intense but still transparent, low-staining and non granulating.

Sedona Genuine (Natural Iron Oxide)

For millennia, Sedona has ignited the imagination of every creative spirit fortunate enough to feel its dazzle. Tufts of sagebrush punctuate the ancient sea of sand in quiet counterpoint to the soaring red rock sentinels. With color purity cast from a desert crucible, red spires burst on a field of pure cerulean sky, humbling the observer in absolute wonder. This ethereal red connects us to the people who were first mesmerized by the region 11,000 years ago.

After our latest trip to the Southwest, we knew we had to create paint from Sedona's rocks. Made with authentic rock from the Arizona desert, this timeless colorłlightfast, richly pigmented and absolutely permanentłties your work to the work of countless generations of southwestern artisans in a way that demands to be experienced. We went straight to the source for our newest, yet oldest, mineral pigment. We can now share the enchantment of the stone with you. Capture the awe, the intensity and the magic of Sedona.

Serpentine Genuine

We bring you 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, our newest PrimaTek« has no comparison in any known paint palette. This surprising semi-transparent paint is a good green that develops granulating with specks of burnt scarletła great addition to your landscape and floral palette.

Sodalite Genuine

Sodalite, with a distinctive deep blue color is one of the components of Lapis Lazuli and very rare. DANIEL SMITH Sodalite is the finest quality and deepest blue that comes from Greenland and the flanks of Italy's Mt. Vesuvius. In watercolor, the inky color of this semi precious stone granulates as it dries, layering a blue-black textural surface on a smooth blue-gray undertone. Low staining, lightfast and semi-transparent, Sodalite creates a three-dimensional quality as it dries.

Sugilite Genuine

A beautiful granulating pigment from South Africa, is another standout in our line of PrimaTek colors. First found in 1944 and named for its Japanese discoverer, the rare opaque mineral ranges from grayish lavendar to pink to deep purple. As a watercolor pigment, it combines subtle fuchsia pink and warm gray in a single strongly textural color. In a wash, the gray settles with a slight graphite-like sheen, while the pink rises to resemble the color in an overcast dawn sky. It's a great complement to golds, oranges and greens, including Quinacridone Gold and Sap Green.

Tiger's Eye Genuine

Tiger's Eye Genuine is made from the brownish-gold stone with rippling bands of light that remind you of cat's eyes. The gemstone, a member of the quartz family, is geolically stained with dark iron oxide creating the distinctive bands and markings called the chatoyant effect. The combination of quartz and iron oxide produces a remarkable paint that is very transparent and non-staining. as well as strongly colored and granulating. The color is olive drab with undertones of cool ash brown. With great textural effects combined with versatile color, this will quickly become a staple of your palette.

Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine

A unique and vibrant blue, it comes from the slumbering Sleeping Beauty Mountain in Arizona where we found a deposit that lives up to the quality and expectations of Daniel Smith pigment. Lightfast and permanent, with none of the transient color fade that plagues most turquiose, this is truly an extraordinary color.

From Egyptian queens to Pueblo artisans, turquoise has inspired legends and colored history. The Zuni thought it protected them from demons, while the Navajo believed it was an actual piece of the sky that had fallen to the earth. Many cultures thought an amulet wore on a horse's bridle protected the horse and rider from a fall. The legends are many. The magic is yours to own.

As a mineral, turquoise has a unique molecular structure. Its porous nature encourages interaction with other pigments and produces granular washes like no other paint. From the very first test, artists feel its powers. Juicy washes flow easily from the brush, while drybrush work has the intense texture found only in a mineral pigment. Washed alongside a warm, staining pigment, it is almost three-dimensional. While traditional mineral pigments can have a soft, muted feel, the unique properties of Daniel Smith Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine give it true brilliance. It's like capturing pieces of the sky right on your paper.

There are many grades of turquoise on the market. Our grade, the highest grade, is found closest to the earth's surface, where environmental factors have enhanced the structure to gemstone quality and deepened the tonal richness to a remarkable blue. Daniel Smith uses only this finest gem grade to produce Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine. The result is enchanting.

Historic references of Turquoise date back as far as Egypt's first dynasty, while implied references can be found in biblical passages as well as in the teachings of Aristotle. Prehistoric nations left evidence that Turquoise was mined and traded extensively. Turquoise from the American Southwest has been unearthed in Aztec ruins. Across the world, Persian turquoise used as trading currency has appeared in ancient burial sites hundreds of miles away.

The mystic beauty of turquoise has been felt by every culture and its use has crossed national and cultural boundaries. Paint with Daniel Smith Natural Sleeping Beauty Turquoise Genuine and catch a piece of its rich and colorful history for yourself. Prepare to be captivated.

Kingman Green Turquoise Genuine

Natural Kingman Green Turquoise Genuine captures the magic and mystery of the ancient Southwest in a subtle greenish turquoise. It is mined near Kingman, Arizona, which lies along a Native American trade route.

Vivianite (Blue Ochre)

Named after the English mineralogist, F. G. Vivian, this rare mineral of secondary origin exhibits an intense dark blue masstone with a slight reddish blue undertone. Vivianite has been identified in medieval paintings in Germany and in English medieval polychromy. The school of Cologne used it to depict skies in the 13th and 14th century.

Yavapai Genuine (Natural Iron Oxides)

Apache legend speaks of a single dove that left the edge of the original well and saw the world. When the great floods came, this dove led the first woman to the safety of the Yavapai. Today, the enfolding security of the Yavapai stone provides a sentimental glimpse through time. The endurance of the stone symbolizes the endurance of the human spirit. The mellow color remains unchanged.

Made from Arizona rock, Yavapai Genuine is semi-transparent, with a surprisingly smooth texture in washes. This legendary pigment can link your palette to the indomitable past and the bright possibilities of the future. We've captured the strength of the Yavapai in an historic mineral pigment that exemplifies the perpetual energy of art.

Zoisite Genuine

You must try Zoisite to appreciate its unique color and characteristics. Zoisite, a mineral from Austria discovered in 1804, is a lush primal green with a dark, almost black, bottle green granulating surface. With minimal paint to water, the effect is a gray-green with a micro-dotted surface. With maximum paint to water, the surface fractures to a faux leather look with a distinct three-dimensional effect. Play with the ratios and be fascinated by the amount of interest Zoisite can add to your painting.
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