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Daniel Smith Swatch Video | Draw With Me

Welcome to my Daniel Smith Swatch Book video series. In, Draw With Me | Zentangle, we’ll tangle an art journal page for Daniel Smith watercolor swatches.

Draw With Me | Zentangle | Daniel Smith Swatch Book

Each color series will have three video tutorials: Draw With Me, Swatch With Me, and Paint With Me. Learn Zentangle patterns in Draw With Me, mix and swatch Daniel Smith watercolor in Swatch With Me, and draw and watercolor a floral image in Paint With Me.

Today’s post/video, is Part 1 of the Daniel Smith Phthalo Turquoise series. Learn seven easy Zentangle® patterns in today’s video. I’ll also introduce you to the the minimal supplies needed to get and started. And, we’ll setup the page for Daniel Smith Phthalo Turquoise watercolor swatches.

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Daniel Smith Swatch Book Origin

First, let me thank all of you who requested this Daniel Smith Swatch Book video series. I appreciate your encouragement and high-demand for this content!

I created my Daniel Smith swatch book to learn more about watercolor, specifically how to mix harmonious watercolor palettes to create beautiful paintings and handmade cards. Basically, I wanted to avoid ruining a project due to poor color choices. Has that happened to you?

Every watercolor artist will tell you to mix and swatch your watercolor to get to know your paints better. But, painting swatch squares was mind-numbingly boring and felt like a chore. That’s when I stumbled across James Burke’s swatch dolls video and a lightbulb went off! Duh, I don’t have to paint boring squares.

Daniel Smith Phthalo Turquoise

I immediately thought of Zentangle. I am a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT), but my skills are getting a bit rusty. The Daniel Smith Swatch Book allows me to practice Zentangle patterns and learn more about watercolor simultaneously.

Another goal of mine is to learn how to sketch flowers well. So, Part 3 of the series is all about sketching florals and painting with the swatched colors. I hope you’ll join me on this art journey so we can learn together!

Part 1: Draw With Me

Zentangle Patterns

As I mentioned, you’ll learn seven Zentangle® patterns in today’s video. If this Daniel Smith Swatch Book video series is popular (fingers crossed), I will continue with the series and you’ll have a chance to learn more patterns. So make sure you like the videos and subscribe if you want more!

Part 1: Draw With Me

The Zentangle® patterns taught in this video are listed below. In the video description you’ll find a time stamp link that will take you directly to the pattern’s instruction.

  • Gourdgeous by Zentangle, Inc.
  • Tipple by Zentangle, Inc.
  • TunnelVizion by Jody Genovese
  • Oysteroid by Jody Genovese
  • Tri-roda by Eni Oken
  • Sand Swirl by Karry Heun
  • Hollibaugh by Molly Hollibaugh (Zentangle, Inc.)
Part 1 : Draw With Me

Zentangle Pattern Sources
Below I provided links to the original source of the pattern and/or artist. Note, these patterns are free, they are not products. I linked them via LinkDeli because it’s the most convenient way to store, organize, and display links.

Part 2: Swatch With Me

Now that we have a Zentangle® journal page set up the next step is mixing and swatching Daniel Smith watercolor. Of course, you don’t have to use Daniel Smith watercolor, use your favorite watercolor paints.

Daniel Smith Watercolor Pocket Palette 28 Mini Pans

Many people have asked how I set up my palette and what paints are in my palette. I purchased an Art Toolkit Pocket Palette with 28 Mini Pans. The pans were empty and I filled them with 28 different Daniel Smith Watercolor paints.

Fill the pans to the top and let them dry over night. The paint typically levels out, but if it drys concave, simply add more paint and dry overnight again.

I have also been asked what my favorite colors or top 12 colors are. Well, I don’t have my top 12 yet, since I’m still learning my paints. I’ve already swapped out a couple of colors since taking the photo above.

Daniel Smith Swatch Book | Phthalo Turquoise

Daniel Smith Quinacridone Pink, Cobalt Violet, and Raw Umber were moved to a secondary palette and replaced with Quinacridone Rose, Transparent Red Oxide, and Raw Umber Violet. I want to move Quinacridone Gold to my palette so I’m trying to figure out which color to remove. Tough decision!

What’s In My Daniel Smith Palette?

Here are all of the products in my main 28 mini pan palette and my secondary palette. The colors in my secondary palette are listed as “EXTRA COLOR”.

You may notice that Daniel Smith Cobalt Violet is not listed. This is the only Daniel Smith watercolor I would not recommend as it’s difficult to rewet and no matter how hard I worked at it I couldn’t get enough color payoff to suit my needs. If you want/need this color in your palette, do some research first.

When Does Part 2 Start?

Now I know what you’re thinking, what gives, when is Part 2? I will post the Swatch With Me video next week. Make sure you subscribe to my YouTube channel with notifications on so you don’t miss it.

What Do You Think?

We’ve only done Part 1, but I would love to know what you think of the series so far. I’ve already pinpointed some areas I can improve for the next series. Do let me know what you think and if there are specific Zentangle® patterns you’d like me to feature, let me know.

Also, if there is a Daniel Smith watercolor in my palette that you’d like to see swatched sooner than later, let me know.

・・・ Thank You ・・・

Paint With Me

Paint With Me

Here’s a sneak peek of what the Part 3: Paint With Me videos will be like.

I sketched this viola flower on film and painted it with my Raw Umber Violet mixtures.

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  1. Now I have something to sink my teeth into with the water colors I got a while back and have not used much. Thanks so much.

  2. Claudia Anderson says:

    This is an amazing idea! I just swatches my DS colors and now wish I had waited. I’ll just have to do it again this way when I modify my palette.