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Daniel Smith – Luminescent Watercolors Decoded

Tuesday, December 27th, 2016

Many artists have asked what the differences are between the different DANIEL SMITH Luminescent Watercolors; Iridescent, Interference, Duochrome, and Pearlescents.


Daniel Smith Owner/CEO John Cogley explains the differences:

  • Iridescent: Reflection – particle of light hits paint/pigment matrix and bounces back. Much like a mirror.
  • Interference: Refraction – particle of light enters the paint/pigment matrix and scatters light.
  • Duochrome: is one pigment that bounces between two colors.
  • Pearlescent: adds opalescence – like an opal or pearl – to the color it’s mixed or glazed with.

DANIEL SMITH Luminescent Watercolors are wonderful for painting the special visual effects found in nature

Nature has optical surprises in the colors that you see in birds’ feathers, insects, fish, and seashells, plus many flowers also have a pearly, dewy sheen to them.

Consider the iridescence of a snail’s’ trail or a silvery spiders’ web. Other things that also have a sparkle, or glow depending on the light, a silvery or golden moon, clouds aglow at sunset, rainbows, the sparkle of snow and ice, and glint of water reflections. Don’t forget the sheen of metals like pewter, copper, silver and gold. There are also mythic subjects that are often thought of as having a special iridescence to them such as fairies, dragons, mermaids and other fantasy figures.

These wonderful subjects beg for special paints, and the DANIEL SMITH Luminescent Watercolors are perfect to painting subjects like these!

Painting out 12 DANIEL SMITH Luminescent Watercolors:

DANIEL SMITH Luminescent Watercolors add special effects to paintings whose subjects have a glow, sparkle or iridescence that no other paint can replicate.  There are 48 DANIEL SMITH Luminescent Watercolors giving Artists a wide range of colors to choose from.

Of course all are available from MacPherson’s at Online Express or ask your Account Manager for more details.