I’m extremely excited to share some BIG news with you all, so I’ll jump right into it! I’m thrilled to introduce you to my very own Scratchmade watercolor palette, a custom 18-color watercolor pan set designed by me with the amazing Da Vinci Paints.
From my very early watercolor days, I have constantly experimented to create a perfect watercolor palette. And I have very high standards! I prefer colors that are clean yet bold, highly dependable yet have an element of surprise, flow beautifully on a page and perform well on a variety of papers. In a palette, colors should mix easily and work great together, and the entire palette must adapt to a wide variety of subjects.
After years of testing, I’ve finally created an “official” Scratchmade watercolor palette that has achieved all my goals, and I can’t wait to share it with you! Below are all the details of my very own Scratchmade Da Vinci Watercolor Pan Set along with tips for using the palette, a video showcasing the colors of the palette, a mixing chart, and more!
About Da Vinci Paints
If you’ve followed along with me for a while, you already know that I absolutely love Da Vinci Paints and it’s a privilege to partner with this company in the creation of my Scratchmade watercolor palette.
I thoroughly test all of the paints that I use, and Da Vinci watercolors are some of the best. Da Vinci only produces artist-grade paints so performance is excellent, yet they’re also highly affordable. Plus, they’re made right here in the U.S.A. If you’ve never tried Da Vinci watercolors before, you’re in for a treat!
I’ve worked with Da Vinci on several projects including a Trio palette, and this family owned company is absolutely wonderful. I share more about why I chose Da Vinci watercolors in the video below, and to learn more about Da Vinci’s professional watercolors, see my full review.
The Scratchmade Da Vinci Watercolor Pan Set
When I first began watercolor painting, I struggled to find a well designed watercolor palette so I set out to create my own. Since my goal was to put together a top notch palette for myself, I began extensively studying, testing, and mixing paints, and I started learning which colors and pigments worked well together and which ones didn’t. I eventually started Scratchmade Journal so I could share my discoveries with you.
My original goal with Scratchmade Journal has remained the same—to help and encourage those who are struggling to discover simple techniques and quality tools that are necessary to be creative. I would never recommend something that I hadn’t thoroughly tested and used myself, so I’m overjoyed to share what is truly my scratchmade watercolor palette.
The Scratchmade Da Vinci Watercolor Pan Set consists of 18 colors housed in a sturdy, gray metal tin. The colors are listed below, from left to right, top to bottom. Click on the name to learn more about the color at Da Vinci’s website. If I’ve featured this pigment or color at my site, the “learn more” link will take you to the article.
Da Vinci Yellow (PY154)
Phthalo Green (PG7)
Hansa Yellow Deep (PY65)
Raw Umber (PBr7)
Green Gold (PY129)
Perylene Green (PBk31)
The set is comprised of 6 full pans and 12 half pans, so this 18-color watercolor palette is arranged differently than most. The 6 full pans across the top of the palette contain my essential, go-to colors. These single-pigment colors are a perfect combination of cool and warm, transparent and more opaque, clear and granulating. The following mixing chart showcases how well the six colors work together. (This article explains how to create and read a mixing chart.)
Mixing charts are wonderful, but they can only convey a small sampling of the colors that are available via mixes. Slightly varying the ratio of any two-color mix can result in a wide range of colors. For example, the four colors below are created by combining Red Rose Deep with Phthalo Green. Plus, there’s an entire universe of color when exploring three (or more!) color mixes.
Though these essential colors are pretty fabulous, color is extremely fun and convenient so there’s no reason to stop with six. The 12 colors across the bottom of the palette are also a balanced selection of cool and warm, clear and granulating, transparent and more opaque. All but one color are single pigment, and these 12 colors combine with the 6 essential colors to create a completely harmonious palette that’s perfect for any subject matter.
The colors are arranged in the palette to work well together, but the pans are easily removable so you can rearrange the colors in a way that suits you. For all 18 color swatches of this palette plus a watercolor demo of the palette in action, see the video below.
Overview of the Scratchmade Watercolor Palette
Now Available! The Scratchmade Tube Set PLUS an Exclusive Discount
Update… I’m absolutely thrilled that so many of you have enjoyed using my Scratchmade Palette housed inside Da Vinci’s sturdy watercolor tin. If your pans are running low or you would prefer my palette in tubes, Da Vinci now has a Scratchmade Palette 8ml tube set available.
Click on the button below to shop the SJ 18-color tube set. And as always when shopping Da Vinci Paints, shipping is free on all purchases $50 and up. Happy painting!
Shop the Scratchmade Da Vinci Watercolor Pan Set PLUS an Exclusive Discount! [EXPIRED]
Da Vinci is offering my Scratchmade Watercolor Pan Set at a gloriously affordable introductory price of $79 with free shipping. That’s a crazy good deal for 18 pans of professional watercolor paints housed in a heavy-duty portable watercolor tin.
Do you know what’s even more crazy good? For for a limited time, Da Vinci is also offering an exclusive 10-percent discount exclusively to Scratchmade Journal readers. Da Vinci is also offering gift wrap throughout the holiday season, so be sure to grab an extra (or three!) to give as gifts.
To take advantage of your exclusive 10-percent discount, click on the palette to shop & save now through Friday, November 23, 2018, at midnight.