Rearranging My Watercolour Palette


I have been having fun adding some new colours to my watercolour palette. I am not sure they are all keepers, but I intend to enjoy finding out!

New colours include the rather excitingly named ‘Bright Violet’ by Holbein, which was introduced to me last weekend, by my lovely friend Vicky.  I immediately placed an order for my very own tube! It is as gorgeous as expected, and this will be a smashing colour for dropping in wet areas for a little pop of colour.

Also new is Shadow Violet by Daniel Smith This is a definite keeper! a beautiful, moody, deep, grainy violet. Perfect for whipping out shadows when painting en plein air.

New-ish is the Cobalt Turquoise Light; a bit of a quirky colour, definitely not an essential, but fun to use, again for dropping into other wet colours, I enjoy this colour very much!

Naphthamide Maroon and Piemonte Genuine I have had a while, but not really used, so I have made space in the palette, to see how I like them. Naphthamide Maroon is a deep, gorgeous wine, Piemontite Genuine a luscious, granular, violet-brown.

My colour card, from the top:

Left column

  • Buff Titanium
  • Raw Sienna
  • Raw Umber
  • Neutral Tint
  • Bright Violet
  • Permanent Mauve
  • Winsor Violet
  • Shadow Violet
  • Moonglow
  • Indigo
  • Ultramarine (G)
  • Phthalo Blue
  • Cobalt Turquoise Light

Right Coloumn

  • Cadmium Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Permanent Rose
  • Quin Magenta
  • Naphthamide Maroon
  • Piemontite Genuine
  • Potter’s Pink
  • Pyrrole Orange
  • Winsor Orange
  • Quin Gold
  • Naples Yellow
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Sap Green

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8 thoughts on “Rearranging My Watercolour Palette

  1. Hi Lynn

    Thanks for the links, I spent at least half an hour with my daughter looking at all the lovely colours available, we were like kids in a sweet shop, still don’t know what to order although there are quite a few on my wish list, ho hum. I’d love to know how they come up with the names for the colours. My set is so old I can only remember what a few of the names are (I didn’t make a colour chart)! Still I can have lots of fun trying to work it out and even more trying new ones when I have some spaces 🙂

    Talking like this is starting to make me feel like a real artist 😉

    Best wishes and happy playtime


    1. Ha! I love that you know that I have most likely switched up my palette, Tonya 🙂
      I still have it in my palette, tbh, it isn’t one of my most frequently used, but I really enjoy ‘dropping it into’ other colours for highlights and so forth. It adds such a beautiful dimension. You are right, it would be gorgeous for skies.

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