Swatches

About painting and scanning swatches

Papers

All the swatches with watercolor technique are painted on a 300g/m² Hahnemühle Aquarell-Karton. It's a natural white, mould made, cold pressed watercolor board. All four sides are deckle-edged, and has a nice watermark in one corner. I buy 500x650 sheets, and cut them into 55x100 swatch cards.

All gouache swatches are painted on a Fabriano Bristol paper. It's a 250g/m², 100% Alpha-Cellulose, acid-free, affordable paper. From an A4 size page I can cut 3 strips.

Acrylic swatches are painted on a Daler Rowney System3 Acrylic paper. It's a 230g/m² acid-free paper with irregular linen texture with some tooth.

Watercolor swatches

Number of
paints
Small
watercolor
swatches
Watercolor
swatches
A. Gallo Honey-Based Watercolor Watercolor 86 86 0
Blockx Aquarelles Watercolor 72 72 71
Blockx Pigment Pigment (without binder) 70 1 0
C. Roberson & Co Pigments Pigment (without binder) 75 1 0
Da Vinci Watercolors Watercolor 116 1 0
Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink Acrylic Ink 45 15 0
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors Watercolor 177 164 0
Daniel Smith Primatek Watercolors Watercolor 36 30 0
Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Liquid Watercolors Liquid Watercolor 36 12 0
Golden QOR Watercolor Watercolor 84 11 1
Holbein Artists' Gouache Gouache 140 55 2
Holbein Artists' Pigment Pigment (without binder) 80 2 0
Holbein Artists' Watercolor (HWC) Watercolor 123 109 0
Honsell JAXON Aquarell Watercolor 19 19 0
Jackson's Artist Pigment Pigment (without binder) 100 94 0
Kremer Pigmente Pigment Pigment (without binder) 189 171 65
Kusakabe Artist's Pigment Pigment (without binder) 98 2 0
Kusakabe Artists' Water Colours Watercolor 90 1 0
Lascaux Gouache Acrylic Gouache 3 2 0
Lefranc & Bourgeois LINEL Extra-Fine Gouache Gouache 77 38 0
M. Graham & Co. Artists' Watercolor Watercolor 70 1 0
Maimeri MaimeriBlu Watercolor 91 89 87
Maimeri Tempera Fine Gouache 27 11 4
Mijello Mission Gold Watercolor Watercolor 125 125 2
Nicker Acrylic Gouache Acrylic Gouache 93 0 1
Nicker Designers Colour Gouache 95 1 0
Nicker Poster Colour Poster Color 84 48 0
Old Holland Classic Watercolours Watercolor 173 162 32
Renesans Extra Fine Watercolour Watercolor 54 44 0
Roman Szmal Aquarius Watercolor 180 9 0
Royal Talens Gouache Extra Fine Gouache 60 22 0
Royal Talens Rembrandt Water Colour Watercolor 120 99 34
Royal Talens Van Gogh Watercolour Watercolor 72 72 0
Schmincke AKADEMIE Gouache [Series 22] Gouache 30 7 0
Schmincke Designers' Gouache (HKS) [Series 25] Gouache 60 21 0
Schmincke HORADAM Aquarell [Series 14] Watercolor 217 179 20
Schmincke HORADAM Gouache [Series 12] Gouache 51 12 23
Schmincke Pure Artists' Pigments [Series 18] Pigment (without binder) 48 1 0
Sennelier Pigment Pigment (without binder) 90 2 0
Sennelier l'Aquarelle Watercolor 98 56 11
Shinhan PWC Watercolor 104 104 1
Shinhan Professional Designers Gouache Gouache 72 22 0
Turner Acryl Gouache Acrylic Gouache 236 22 0
Turner Artists' Water Colour Watercolor 151 145 0
Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours Watercolor 40 11 4
Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache Gouache 89 41 0
Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Watercolor 118 98 6

If you interested, how I store my cards, you can read about that here.

Gouache swatches

I paint 5 swatches from each color. One tube color - whenever it's possible without adding water - and some lighter values (by adding white) and some darker values (by adding black).

I prepare the cards with masking tape, separating into 5 value sections. To speed up the process, I dont 'measure' just use different rulers' width. I paint the tube color slightly broader.

For gouaches I use Schminchke Akademie Gouache 100 White  PW6 for lightening and Linel Extra-Fine Gouache 269 Ivory Black  PBk9 for darkening.

For Nicker poster colors I use their own 051 White  PW6  PW4 and 054 Black  PBk1.

Gouache, especially painted straight from tube need some protection. I separate the painted swatches with a strip of glassine paper.

Number of
paints
Gouache
swatches
Golden Fluid Acrylic 83 1
Golden Heavy Body Acrylic 153 1
Golden High Flow Acrylic 49 9
Holbein Artists' Gouache Gouache 140 35
Lascaux Artist Acrylic 54 6
Lascaux Studio Acrylic 54 26
Lefranc & Bourgeois Acrylique Acrylic 49 6
Lefranc & Bourgeois Flashe Acrylic 76 6
Lefranc & Bourgeois LINEL Extra-Fine Gouache Gouache 77 36
Liquitex Soft Body Acrylic Acrylic 100 12
Lukas Cryl Pastos Acrylic 68 1
Nicker Acrylic Gouache Acrylic Gouache 93 1
Nicker Designers Colour Gouache 95 1
Nicker Poster Colour Poster Color 84 48
Old Holland New Masters Acrylic 169 5
Royal Talens Gouache Extra Fine Gouache 60 25
Schmincke Designers' Gouache (HKS) [Series 25] Gouache 60 21
Schmincke HORADAM Gouache [Series 12] Gouache 51 8
Schmincke PRIMAcryl [Series 13] Acrylic 85 18
Sennelier Acrylique Acrylic 120 1
Shinhan Professional Designers Gouache Gouache 72 23
Turner Acryl Gouache Acrylic Gouache 236 20
Vallejo Acrylic Artist Color Acrylic 97 2
Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache Gouache 89 45

Acrylic swatches

For lighter and darker values I mix with Lascaux Studio 983 Tint White  PW5  PW5 or 973 Carbon Black  PBk7.

Number of
paints
Gouache
swatches

Scanning

I scan the swatches with an Epson V600 scanner in Adobe RGB. I have the settings on, to keep the texture of the scans. Along with the swatches, I also scan a small card every time, painted with Golden Neutral Gray N5. It's a middle value neutral gray, I use it to consistently set the white balance. I export the swatches from Photoshop to sRGB, where obviously we loose some color information. So the displayed colors could look different not only because of individiual screen settings, but also because of the technical limitation of the scanning workflow.