Schmincke has brought out 35 new watercolors to celebrate their 125th year. That brings their color count to 140 brilliant watercolors. Wet Paint provided me with the New Schmincke’s dot card which is unavailable to the general public at this time. They’re a terrific place to purchase Schmincke watercolors. They have good prices with low shipping and exemplary customer service. I’m not affiliated with Wet Paint but I do purchase from them and love their hands-on approach and friendliness.
So we have some spectacular new colors. The French Ultramarine adds a granulating ultramarine to Schmincke’s repertoire. The new colors have a bunch of single pigment paints and some transparent/translucent colors too. I’m especially thrilled to see both the Potter’s Pink and the new Transparent Sienna. As I mentioned in the last post, I’ve been fighting with my burnt sienna. I find I don’t like the transparency and/or color of either of Daniel Smith’s Quin Burnt Orange or Burnt Sienna. I fell in love with my new Winsor & Newton Burnt Sienna and now there’s a very similar color with Schmincke in their Transparent Sienna. It’s made with the same PR101 as the W&N paint. Now I can choose one or the other, depending on which is available.
Here is the breakdown of the Pigment in each paint, Transparency, Staining ability and Granulation. (Each of the colors come in either half pans or 15ml tubes.)
Transparent Sienna (PR101, Transparent, Semi-Staining, Non-Granulating)
Transparent Ochre (PY42, Transparent, Staining, Non-Granulating)
Mahogany Brown (PBr33, Opaque, Non-Staining, Granulating)
Mars Brown (PBr6, Opaque, Non-Staining, Granulating)
Transparent Umber (PR101, Transparent, Staining, Non-Granulating)
Green Umber (PBr7, Semi-Transparent, Non-Staining, Granulating)
Perylene Green (PBk31, Opaque, Semi-Staining, Non-Granulating_
Graphite Grey (PBk10, Opaque, Semi-Staining, Non-Granulating)
Mars Black (PBk11, Opaque, Semi-Staining, Granulating)
Hematite Black (PG17, Opaque, Non-Staining, Granulating)
I’m especially excited about the new Potter’s Pink and the Transparent Sienna. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all gorgeous but I can’t have them all! IF I had to choose my absolute favorites, in other words, if I had money to burn and wanted to try some new colors here’s my list.Phthalo Sapphire Blue – it’s transparent and absolutely gorgeous! Winsor & Newton did a specialty color a couple of years ago that you just cannot get anymore. This color seems to be an exact match to that beautiful color. YAY!
Saturn Red – I newly like LOVE oranges and this one is unusually smooth. It just went on the paper like butter and it’s SO wonderfully full bodied. I’d buy it in a hot second.
Quin Red Light -I really respond to any quinacridone color but especially reds. I think tomatoes, red apples etc. This color would be one of the last glazes I’d put on that color fruit/veg for it’s bright, clear color.
Yellow Orange – I also newly totally appreciate yellows. Using them as the first color as the underpainting helps lift the brightness of any piece of art. This color reminds me of New Gamboge, one of my favorites.
Cobalt Violet Hue – I love, love, LOVE this color. I’d buy it ASAP, transparent and stunning!
Finally, I really like the Viridian color and the Transparent Green Gold. I’m surprise to like either of these as I don’t like either in any other BRAND. I love that they’re both in the transparent range and their coloration is just so useful.
If you do order from WetPaintArt.com, say hi to Kate for me please. I would like her to know that I sent you. She’s been so incredibly wonderful and helpful in bringing you these colors. I will be posting SOON about The NEW CUSTOM SCHMINXCKE PALETTE from Wet Paint!!! YES there is a NEW palette coming this year! Watch this space!