Daniel Smith

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  • 4150 1st Ave S
  • 98134 Seattle WA
  • USA

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Daniel Smith Inc has become the premiere artist paint manufacturer in the world with products for artists sold in stores worldwide.


Dan Smith started his business in 1976, dedicated to bringing the highest quality inks to the print-artist community. In 1993, Dan set out to create a line of professional watercolors with one goal in mind: to bring the watercolor artist the very best product available. His dream came to fruition with the introduction of a hugely innovative collection of paints that changed the world of watercolors forever. The sheer amount of pigment packed into each tube is exceptional.


To support his passion for art, Dan took up a job as a commercial printer. Initially working in the University of Washington printing plant, he later joined a small commercial printing company. It was here he learned that artist-printmakers were using commercial printing inks, which were neither lightfast nor complementary to the slower methods of a print artist. Dan saw the opportunity to make a difference in the print-artist community and set forth to create a better ink and later, better oils and watercolors.


Selling his motorcycle, which was just enough to purchase an old 3-roll mill, Dan began developing his first batches of black ink. Still working his day job, the reputation of Dan's ink quickly spread among print-artists. Three years later, Dan's moonlight venture had become a full-time profession. It was time to move out of the garage.



Daniel Smith Inc is the premiere artist paint manufacturer in the world whose watercolors and other artist products are available in stores worldwide.


DANIEL SMITH's watercolors, watercolor sticks, gesso’s, mediums, water-soluble oils and oil colors are made with superior quality ingredients and consistent manufacturing processes. DANIEL SMITH offers both traditional artist colors as well as innovative colors found nowhere else.


DANIEL SMITH has changed a lot since the days of working out of a garage. As an internationally recognized name in the art community, DANIEL SMITH has built its reputation on thinking like an artist, and not just thinking for the artist. It is this philosophy that keeps us innovative and customer focused.


Nothing goes untested before it reaches our customers’ hands. In addition to our own paints, we test and compare the color selections of all the major brands. Knowing what other manufacturers are doing helps to keep us on our toes.


Because of the care we take every step of the way, the DANIEL SMITH brand brings you the best: truly professional-quality paints with consistency that artists’ can rely on tube after tube, year after year.



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The Innovator and Leader of the industry!


DANIEL SMITH was the first to offer Quinacridone (pronounced kwin ak’ ri doan) pigments in artists’ paints. These fantastic, powerful colors, originally created for the auto industry, gave artists' new and vibrant choices perfect for glazing. A buying frenzy ensued, and since then, these colors have been copied by other paint manufacturers. Imitation IS the sincerest form of flattery.


In 1998 the DANIEL SMITH PrimaTek line of colors began with a cache of Lapis Lazuli - the gold-speckled blue gemstone seen in King Tut’s mask - which DANIEL SMITH found, ground and formulated into artist-quality oils and watercolors. The response was great, and soon they hired a mineralogist to travel the globe in search of other exciting natural pigments.


Finding these pigments involves Indiana Jones-worthy journeys by plane, jeep and even mule to remote locations, identifying high-quality veins of ore and then negotiating procurement from local miners. The large minerals or “massives”, as they are called, are then processed to reveal the color within. From this pigment, the chemist and paint makers blend it with the perfect ratio of medium, then mill and re-mill to bring out the natural beauty of each color.

DANIEL SMITH is extremely proud of their unique line of PrimaTek colors, from subtle neutral pinks and browns to vibrant jewel tones of red, blue and green. PrimaTeks bring natural beauty and rich texture to artists palettes, along with the unique history of pigments that are literally millions of years old.


DANIEL SMITH’s mission is to bring the best product available to the artist.  They do that by using the finest materials sourced throughout the world in addition to unique minerals their geologist sources.  Having the technology, dedicated experienced staff - chemists and paint-maker craftsmen - translates into a superior product only DANIEL SMITH can offer.




DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolors: 15ml & 5ml tubes

DANIEL SMITH, the innovative watercolor manufacturer, offers 250+ watercolors in 15ml tubes, both...

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DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolor Sticks

DANIEL SMITH Extra Fine Watercolor Sticks are like a Pan in Your Hand!  The Watercolor Sticks have...

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DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Grounds and Masking Fluid

DANIEL SMITH Watercolor Ground allows artists to paint with watercolors on almost any surface, wood,...

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DANIEL SMITH Water Soluble Oils

DANIEL SMITH Water Soluble Oil Paints are the beautiful, easy-to-use alternative to traditional oil...

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DANIEL SMITH Original Oils

DANIEL SMITH professional quality Original Oils, have exceptionally strong pigmentation, uniform...

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Creativeworld 2017

28.01.2017 - 31.01.2017 Hall: 4.2 Stand: C 06