There is something about Art Every Day Month that inspires me to make color charts. Or perhaps it gives me an excuse to make color charts. I’ve always liked them, and I like to hang them in my studio to look at and just to have around.

I’m also very fond of Daniel Smith watercolors. I like the intense colors, and the feel of the paint. Not to mention the unique colors you don’t find anywhere else, many of which have good light fastness.

Try it Dots

Daniel Smith makes try it dots sheets of their paints. Some are packaged with their learn to paint kits. They also have a sheet of 66 colors to try. Perfect for my color chart project.

Try it Dots paint

Try it blank-- click for full sized image to print

I wanted more space than what is around the color dots, so I scanned the page into the computer. Using Photoshop, I deleted the color dots so I would have the information about each color. I was then able to print out another blank chart on watercolor paper. If you click on the image on the right above, you will get a full sized image you can print if you want to make one yourself.

Painting from the dots

My favorite part! I love seeing how each color behaves differently. The sheet isn’t just boring regular colors. It includes some of Daniel Smith’s Primatek, Quinacridone, Iridescent, Interference and Duo colors. The list of colors I lust after is growing….

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22 Comments

  1. Came over from AEDM. I’m always in awe of people who have the patience to this kind of practice – all those dots…Fun to look at, but not anything I’d want to do myself – so thank you for doing it for me and sharing the results!

  2. Came over from AEDM. I’m always in awe of people who have the patience to this kind of practice – all those dots…Fun to look at, but not anything I’d want to do myself – so thank you for doing it for me and sharing the results!

    • So interesting how different each of us are! To me, this is relaxing and really fun. Doesn’t feel like it takes patience at all 🙂

  3. Ooooh looks like fun. I’d not heard of these paints so thanks for sharing, mind I’m not an expert with watercolours so I tend to favour Winsor and Newton. Much love Jennibellie xx

  4. Ooooh looks like fun. I’d not heard of these paints so thanks for sharing, mind I’m not an expert with watercolours so I tend to favour Winsor and Newton. Much love Jennibellie xx

    • Windsor and Newton are also wonderful watercolors. Daniel Smith has whole ranges of color beyond the regular ones, which really gets me lusting….. Never enough colors 🙂

  5. Hi Christine,

    That sounds like a great warm up exercise, very meditative and a fun to appreciate each of the colors. I suffer from color-lust too, as afflictions go it’s a pretty pleasant one 🙂

  6. Hi Christine,

    That sounds like a great warm up exercise, very meditative and a fun to appreciate each of the colors. I suffer from color-lust too, as afflictions go it’s a pretty pleasant one 🙂

    • I don’t know how you can resist at all having Daniel Smith in your city. It’s hard enough to resist the mail order!

  7. Thank you for commenting on my Day 1 post. I love how AEDM inspires our passions… whatever they may be!

    I find I am fascinated by colors in succession. Lately Yellow and Orange do it for me. Maybe because they are firey?

    Anyway – I look forward to getting to know you better this month!

  8. Thank you for commenting on my Day 1 post. I love how AEDM inspires our passions… whatever they may be!

    I find I am fascinated by colors in succession. Lately Yellow and Orange do it for me. Maybe because they are firey?

    Anyway – I look forward to getting to know you better this month!

  9. Sadly I find this sort of repetition quite relaxing… and have a folder of different colour sheets and test strips… looking forward to seeing what comes out of them during the month xx

  10. Sadly I find this sort of repetition quite relaxing… and have a folder of different colour sheets and test strips… looking forward to seeing what comes out of them during the month xx

    • I count all sorts of organizing of supplies as creative time. Just have to watch out that I’m not doing it to avoid taking action. Fine line sometimes….

  11. I love this sort of categorizing and find it inspiring to look at. I work with fabric and colored paper and am in the midst of an organizing project. My rolled up fabrics will be ordered in color successions much like your paint colors. Looking forward to seeing more from you as we go through AEDM!

  12. I love this sort of categorizing and find it inspiring to look at. I work with fabric and colored paper and am in the midst of an organizing project. My rolled up fabrics will be ordered in color successions much like your paint colors. Looking forward to seeing more from you as we go through AEDM!

    • In my fabric and yarn days I did that too! Now I have a cat who is obsessed with eating thread (and has had 2 surgeries because of it,) so I’m sticking to paint and digital. I miss the tactile qualities of the textiles though.


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