Image of painting by Linda Saul using Daniel Smith watercolour sticks alongside tube colours

I was delighted to be asked to do a solution evaluation of the 11 new colours included to Daniel Smith’s watercolour stick range. As a qualified artist I uncover the sticks are an exceptional complement to Daniel Smith’s tube watercolours.  They are wonderful for including bold linear marks to compositions. In this report I will also share with you how I use Daniel Smith watercolour sticks in my do the job.


Image of Daniel Smith watercolour sticks

Daniel Smith Watercolour Sticks are produced making use of the similar pigments as their Excess Fantastic Watercolour Paint Tubes. Both equally formats are artist excellent paint. The splendor of the sticks is that they are transportable earning them easy to use out of the studio. Employed directly on to a floor or as a standard pan, signifies that they are versatile also.

Of the 11 new colours, all but two are rated as permanence I (Fantastic) for lightfastness. Mayan Orange and Carmine, are rated as II (Really Fantastic).


Dry stick on dry paper

Image of new Daniel Smith watercolour sticks drawn onto hot press paper

I 1st tried out the sticks dry, on dry paper. The marks seem damaged, reminiscent of dry brush marks. The graphic above exhibits vertical dry marks on Saunders Waterford rough watercolour paper. For comparison I have also demonstrated two horizontal strokes on HP (easy) paper. Fifty percent of each individual stroke has been painted above with a soaked brush. Adding drinking water with a brush disperses some of the pigment, but the initial dry marks don’t typically disappear.

Soaked adhere or soaked paper

Image of marks created using wet stick on wet paper using Daniel Smith watercolour sticks

Upcoming I employed a wet stick on dry paper. I utilize h2o to the adhere with a brush. The best strains (Mayan Orange) listed here ended up used wet-on-dry. The line was drawn from left to appropriate and the water has only influenced the initially element of the stroke.

The Prussian blue line  was made dry-on-damp. The roundish marks have been produced by stamping the conclude of the stick on soaked paper.

Moist paper may possibly be soaked from a prior clean, or wetted exclusively to use the sticks. If there is an underlying clean that is wetted to use the adhere, the wetting and friction from drawing the adhere in excess of the paper could lead to some disruption of the fundamental clean.

The two colours that I was furnished from the ‘Luminescent’ vary – Pearlescent White and Iridescent Electric Blue – are demonstrated used to moist black paper. The Pearlescent White has a a little bit crumblier texture in comparison to the other stick colors but this does not result its effectiveness.

Randomised marks

Image of different marks created using Daniel Smith watercolour sticks

As effectively as uncomplicated immediate marks, additional randomised marks can be produced on wet paper.

Listed here the initial (Olive Environmentally friendly) line was designed by keeping the adhere in between thumb and the initial two fingers. I then rolled the stick with my thumb as I drew the stick throughout the paper.

When the adhere has a flat close, as when new, unique width marks can be made by various the point of get in touch with on the paper or the route of movement of the adhere. In the next line (Carmine) I have modified the angle of speak to involving the adhere and the paper as I moved the adhere throughout the paper.

The closing line applying the Spring Green adhere mixes up equally of these procedures.

Mixing it up

Image of techniques using Daniel Smith watercolour sticks

Of program you can blend the stick colors, and mixing dry and moist mark generating methods presents textural variation. In the leading row leftmost instance I applied a bit of Nickel Azo Yellow tube watercolour clean on a brush to damp some dry Prussian Blue marks to create a eco-friendly. In the next example I utilized a wash initially, then drew out colour with the Prussian blue adhere. The leading correct illustration has a blend of dry on dry marks, some subsequently wetted, and moist-on-soaked.

Alongside traditional watercolour

Image of painting by Linda Saul using Daniel Smith watercolour sticks alongside tube colours

In this portray I have utilized a remarkably granulating tube color – Hematite Genuine, along with Neutral Tint, Prussian Blue, Burnt Yellow Ochre and Olive Eco-friendly watercolour sticks. The sky has been painted utilizing the Prussian Blue adhere as a pan color, lifting colour from the adhere with a soaked brush. I truly enjoyed playing with these sticks and adore the way they increase the vary of marks I can make in watercolour.


Linda Saul operates in water-based combined media, making use of an modern, non-traditional technique focusing on texture. She often collages various paper surfaces, tearing again and scratching the paper floor continuously developing abundant layered effects. Her favorite topics are coastal, landscapes and urban scenes together with development web pages. Linda likes to use very granulating pigments in her landscape paintings and has developed a workshop centered on painting experimental landscapes with granulating watercolours.

She is an Associate of the Royal Watercolour Society and her work has been the topic of characteristic posts in The Artist magazine (April 2021) and the American publication Watercolor Artist (Spring 2022).

Linda’s site is lindasaul.co.uk and her Instagram cope with is @linda.m.saul

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