DANIEL SMITH Oil Paints, both the Original Oils and the newer Water Soluble Oils were created for artists who needed consistent, lightfast colors that they could depend on, and the lush, buttery feel that artists love about painting with oils. The oil paints are made in small batches with the finest pigments, both traditional and cutting edge. DANIEL SMITH was the first to offer many of the brilliant, modern synthetic pigments, like the quinacridones, for the artists’ market.
All DANIEL SMITH Oil Paints are highly pigmented, balanced with maximum pigment load with minimum oil (the vehicle) to give the best possible color strength. You can see this when painting as it takes a lot of white paint to lighten the tube color. This strong tinting gives artists good value because they are not paying for fillers and extenders that lesser quality oil paints have.
The vehicle [medium] DANIEL SMITH uses for mixing the Original Oils is a high grade of alkali-refined linseed oil, except Mixed White, Titanium White and Zinc White which are mixed with non-yellowing safflower oil. This alkali-refined linseed oil is uniformly light in color, low yellowing, with low acid value and good adhesion. There is a small proportion of additives, less the 1% by weight, to improve brushability, modify drying time and improve the grind.
The vehicle [medium] for the Water Soluble Oils that DANIEL SMITH uses is also a high grade of alkali-refined linseed oil, that is uniformly light in color, low yellowing, with low acid value and good adhesion. Mixed White and Titanium White are made with non-yellowing safflower oil. Both the linseed oil and safflower oil used for the Water Soluble Oils have been specially modified to make them water soluble. There is a small proportion of additives, less the 1% by weight, to improve brushability, modify drying time and improve the grind.
The DANIEL SMITH Original Oils and Water Soluble Oils undergo the same manufacturing process and are made with the exact same high quality pigments, the only difference is the specially modified linseed and safflower oils to make the Water Soluble Oils. Both the Original and Water Soluble Oils can be mixed together when painting, though the water solubility is lost and traditional mediums and solvents would need to be used.
Made in the USA in Seattle, WA – Each batch of color is made, start to finish, by the DANIEL SMITH manufacturing crew and tested by the full time chemist throughout the manufacturing process to ensure the highest quality for every tube of Oil Paint used by artists.
DANIEL SMITH Oil Paints
When you buy DANIEL SMITH professional quality Original Oils and Water Soluble Oils, you get exceptionally strong pigmentation, uniform buttery consistency and excellent value. For nearly 30 years, DANIEL SMITH has been an innovator in pigment selection and formulation, and still makes and packages each batch by hand, with the utmost integrity and attention to detail.
DANIEL SMITH Original Oils introduced in 1989 and Water Soluble Oils in 2012, showed the results of years of development. The intent was to offer a game-changing paint with remarkable color strength, reliable lightfastness and consistent texture. DANIEL SMITH starts with the finest pigments, both traditional and cutting edge – they were the first to offer many of the brilliant, modern synthetic pigments, like the quinacridones for the the artists’ market.
Small Batch Production
The DANIEL SMITH manufacturing crew makes the Original Oils and Water Soluble Oils in a department right next to the DANIEL SMITH headquarters and Store in Seattle. Visitors are often surprised to see just how simple and traditional the process is, and how closely involved the paintmakers are with every step of production. Batches are small, allowing close control of every factor involved.
Great paint starts with great ingredients. DANIEL SMITH buys pure pigments from sources around the globe. The high grade of alkali-refined linseed oil used for the Original Oils is selected for its uniformity, light color, low acid value, low-yellowing properties and good adhesion, as is the water soluble modified linseed oil.
Color strength and lightfastness are hallmarks of DANIEL SMITH paints. Each color was carefully formulated by DANIEL SMITH’s long time chemist and tested against similar colors in competitors’ lines. For each color, DANIEL SMITH selects the perfect grind to yield particle sizes that maximize the qualities inherent in the pigment, and balances maximum pigment load with minimum vehicle content. Included is a small proportion of additives, less than 1% by weight, to improve brushability and consistency, modify drying time and improve the grind.
DANIEL SMITH tests their paints by placing samples in a Xenon Fadeometer which exposes paint to the equivalent of 100 years of sunlight in ten days. Artists can rely on 88 of the Original Oil Colors and 42 of the Water Soluble Oil Colors to remain virtually unchanged for over a century.
Every tube of DANIEL SMITH Original and Water Soluble Oils is filled and labeled by hand. All labels give complete information including the common pigment names, color index names and numbers and ASTM lightfastness ratings, keeping artists informed when they choose DANIEL SMITH Oils and Water Soluble Oils.
If you haven’t tried DANIEL SMITH Original Oils or Water Soluble Oils yet, we know you’ll be impressed. And if you’re already using them, we want to say thank you for choosing these top quality American- made paints.