Available Watercolour Paints

I currently offer Daniel Smith, Sennelier, and M. Graham watercolour paints. Below is an inventory of what I currently have. I advise you to use the search function (Ctrl+F) to find the paint colour you are looking for. Please message me on Etsy to be certain that I have the colours you want. I may have misplaced the tube or just used it up… or I may have mistyped the name.

I no longer offer Holbein. Holbein’s US distributor believes that it is trademark infringement to sell Holbein paint in the US that is not purchased directly or indirectly from the US distributor.

Please also note that lightfastness rating systems are different for each brand.

Inventory last updated on 2020-04-20.


Sennelier L’Aquarelle is a honey-based watercolour paint which is smooth and intense. I actually would consider it my favourite watercolour brand for its luminosity and transparency. Enough people have concerns about the lightfastness of this line that I think it is worth noting this detail.

I mostly use half-pans rather than tubes myself for this brand and am therefore not able to offer as large of a selection.

  • 619 Bright Red, serie 2 ***, ?
  • 645 Chinese Orange, serie 3 ***, PY150 PR209 PBr23
  • 809 Hooker’s Green, serie 1 ***, PY83 PG36
  • 501 Lemon Yellow, serie 1 ***, PY3
  • 703 Payne’s Grey, serie 1 ***, PV19 PB15:1 PBk7
  • 312 Ultramarine Blue Light, serie 2 ***, PB29
  • 315 Ultramarine Deep, serie 2 ***, PB29


Holbein Artists’ Water Colors are made in Japan. Holbein first came to my attention because of one particular shade known as Opera, which is is beautiful colour but has low lightfastness. The colour tends to be smooth but it is rather inert in washes. Holbein paints are more likely to have separation in the tube and do have more fugitive pigments than any other watercolour brand I have used. They have a lot of convenience colours, which is important to know if you plan on mixing.

I no longer offer Holbein watercolour paint. Holbein’s US distributor views sale of anything containing Holbein paint that is not bought directly or indirectly from the US distributor as trademark infringement. You must be able to prove your acquisition was in the United States with a receipt.

I will no longer paint with Holbein paint because I am opposed to Holbein’s US distributor’s stance that paintings painted with Holbein paint not bought in the US can only be sold as print or digital copies in the US. Their lawyer carefully wrote that artists can sell paintings “utilizing” Holbein paint and added that no paint can be sold; paintings which use Holbein paint but contain no Holbein paint and which are described and advertised as paintings are prints or copies. I requested clarification and reminded him that original paintings “contain” paint. The lawyer refused to clarify and responded that his position was clear.

It is curious that this lawyer refused to clarify what he means by “paintings” and refused to state something such as “You cannot sell Holbein paint in the US that is not bought in the US with the exception of paintings and/or other completed works of art.” It seems to me that Holbein’s US distributor’s lawyer wants to be deliberately unclear to allow for more opportunities to allege trademark infringement in the future and/or realizes customers will take a dim view of an outright declaration that paint sold to artists cannot be be resold in the form of art.

For those who do want to use Holbein paint, one useful detail I managed to confirm after asking the lawyer multiple times is that Holbein paint does have the same formulation regardless of where it is sold in the world. Holbein watercolour paints are reliable!

M. Graham

I have only recently begun experimenting with these watercolours. They remind me of Sennelier, but even more runny. For a possible downside, M Graham seem generally more opaque.

  • 017 Azo Orange, Series 2 Lightfastness: II, PO62
  • 018 Azo Yellow, Series 2 Lightfastness: I, PY151
  • 019 Bismuth Yellow, Series 2 Lightfastness: I, PY184
  • 020 Burnt Sienna, Series 1 Lightfastness: I, PBr7
  • 030 Burnt Umber, Series 1 Lightfastness: I, PBr7
  • 097 Cobalt Teal, Series 5 Lightfastness: I, PB28
  • 124 Nickel Quinacridone Gold, Series 3 Lightfastness: I, PO48 PY150. Gold-yellow with earthy red at edges.
  • 128 Payne’s Grey, Series 1 Lightfastness: I, PBk9 PB29
  • 129 Permanent Alizarin Crimson, Series 5 Lightfastness: II, PR264
  • 131 Permanent Green Pale, Series 2 Lightfastness: II, PG7 PY3
  • 153 Prussian Blue, Series 2 Lightfastness: I, PB27
  • 154 Pyrrol Red, Series 3 Lightfastness: I, PR254
  • 155 Quinacridone Red, Series 3 Lightfastness: I, PR209. Cool sort of red.
  • 156 Quinacridone Rose, Series 3 Lightfastness: I, PV19. A bluish-red.
  • 160 Raw Sienna, Series 1 Lightfastness: I, PBr 7
  • 174 Sap Green, Series 2 Lightfastness: I, PG7 PY110
  • 176 Scarlet Pyrrol, Series 3 Lightfastness: I, PO73
  • 190 Ultramarine Blue, Series 3 Lightfastness: I, PB29
  • 200 Yellow Ochre, Series 1 Lightfastness: I, PY43

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith’s Extra Fine Watercolours is made in Seattle and has some very lovely and unique colours in their lineup. Their descriptions are quite something, if you go to read them on their website. Outside of that, the paints are very pigmented and very granulating. I do think that some of the Primateks are more for the fun of knowing you are painting with semi-precious stones.

Visit http://www.danielsmithpaint.com/category/watercolor-15ml/ to find further details about the following paints.

  • Alizarin crimson
  • Amethyst genuine
  • Anthraquinoid red
  • Anthraquinoid Scarlett
  • Azo yellow
  • Bismuth vanadate yellow
  • Bordeaux
  • Buff Titanium
  • Burgundy red ochre
  • Cadmium orange hue
  • Cadmium red medium hue
  • Carbazole violet
  • Carmine
  • Cobalt blue
  • Cobalt blue violet
  • English earth red
  • French ultramarine
  • Garnet genuine
  • Hansa yellow deep
  • Hansa yellow light
  • Hematite burnt scarlet genuine
  • Imperial purple
  • Indanthrone blue
  • Indian red
  • Indian yellow
  • Indigo
  • Iridescent antique bronze, Series 1
  • Iridescent antique copper, Series 1
  • Iridescent antique gold, Series 1
  • Iridescent electric blue, Series 1
  • Iridescent sapphire, Series 1
  • Iridescent scarab red, Series 1
  • Isoindoline yellow
  • Italian Venetian red
  • Kyanite genuine
  • Lapis lazuli genuine
  • Lunar red rock
  • Mayan dark blue
  • Mayan orange
  • Mayan red
  • Mayan violet
  • Minnesota pipestone genuine
  • Monte Amiata natural sienna
  • Moon glow
  • Naphthamide maroon
  • New gamboge
  • Nickel titanate yellow
  • Opera pink
  • Organic vermillion
  • Perinone orange
  • Permanent alizarin crimson
  • Permanent deep red
  • Permanent orange
  • Permanent red
  • Permanent yellow deep
  • Perylene maroon
  • Perylene red
  • Perylene Scarlett
  • Phthalo blue green shade
  • Phthalo blue red shade
  • Piemontite genuine
  • Potters pink
  • Prussian blue
  • Pyrrol crimson
  • Pyrrol orange
  • Pyrrol red
  • Pyrrol scarlet
  • Quinacridone burnt scarlet, Series 2
  • Quinacridone coral, Series 2
  • Quinacridone Fuchsia, Series 2
  • Quinacridone gold, Series 2
  • Quinacridone magenta, Series 2
  • Quinacridone pink, Series 2
  • Quinacridone purple, Series 2
  • Quinacridone red, Series 2
  • Quinacridone violet, Series 2
  • Quinophthalone yellow
  • Raw sienna
  • Rhodonite genuine
  • Roasted French ochre
  • Rose of ultramarine
  • Shadow violet
  • Sodalite genuine
  • Sugilite genuine
  • Terre ercolano
  • Transparent pyrrol orange
  • Transparent yellow oxide
  • Ultramarine blue
  • Ultramarine violet
  • Undersea Green
  • Verditer blue
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