Palette Update - 1.11.18

Illustration of 14 color watercolor travel palette with color swatches and pigment codes.

My palette as of 1.11.18 

Note: WN = Winsor and Newton, DS = Daniel Smith, SCH = Schmincke 

I’ve included the pigment codes with each color name. Learn about pigment codes HERE

  1. WN Winsor Yellow PY154
  2. SCH Transparent Orange PO71
  3. DS Quinacridone Rose PV19
  4. WN Winsor Green (Blue Shade) PG7
  5. DS Cerulean Blue Chromium PB36
  6. DS French Ultramarine PB29
  7. DS Indanthrone Blue PB60
  8. WN Gold Ochre PY42
  9. DS Pyrrol Scarlet PR255
  10. DS Serpentine Genuine
  11. WN Cobalt Turquoise Light PG50
  12. WN Burnt Sienna PR101
  13. Cool Brown (custom mix of Indanthrone Blue and Burnt Sienna)
  14. Lydia’s Grey (custom mix of French Ultramarine, Burnt Sienna, touch of Quinacridone Rose)

Until recently, I shunned so called convenience mixtures (paints that are premixed combinations of multiple pigments) because they made me feel lazy and seemed unnecessary. I have since discovered that convenience mixtures can be INCREDIBLY useful for travel sketching when time is of the essence. In general, the less mixing I do on the palette, the fresher my final sketches are. When I boldly put paint directly to paper and allow the colors to mingle and do their thing, without futzing about, I overwork far fewer paintings. 

You can make your own premixed colors by squirting small amounts of paint directly from the tube into empty paint pans using a toothpick to mix.