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. (my swatch card size is 55x100 mm).

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
Artemiranda Pure Powdered Pigments Pigment, dry or paste 3 3 3
Blockx Aquarelles Watercolor 72 72 71
Blockx Pigment Pigment, dry or paste 70 1 0
C. Roberson & Co Pigments Pigment, dry or paste 75 1 0
Couleurs Leroux Pigments Purs Leroux Pigment, dry or paste 59 31 16
Da Vinci Watercolors Watercolor 116 1 0
Daler Rowney FW Acrylic Ink Acrylic Ink 45 15 0
Daniel Smith Extra Fine Watercolors Watercolor 181 164 0
Daniel Smith Primatek Watercolors Watercolor 36 30 0
Dr. Ph. Martin's Hydrus Fine Art Liquid Watercolors Liquid Watercolor 36 12 0
Golden Fluid Acrylic 83 2 0
Golden Heavy Body Acrylic 153 1 0
Golden OPEN Acrylic 78 9 0
Golden QOR Watercolor Watercolor 87 11 1
Holbein Artists' Gouache Gouache 140 54 2
Holbein Artists' Pigment Pigment, dry or paste 80 2 0
Holbein Artists' Watercolor (HWC) Watercolor 123 109 0
Honsell JAXON Aquarell Watercolor 48 45 0
Jackson's Artist Pigment Pigment, dry or paste 100 94 0
Kremer Pigmente Pigment Pigment, dry or paste 230 216 65
Kremer Pigmente Watercolor Watercolor 136 1 0
Kusakabe Artist's Pigment Pigment, dry or paste 100 2 0
Kusakabe Artists' Water Colours Watercolor 90 2 0
L. Cornelissen & Son Pigments Pigment, dry or paste 114 2 1
Lascaux Gouache Acrylic Gouache 34 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 126 125 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
Old Holland New Masters Acrylic 169 1 0
Old Holland Pigment Pigment, dry or paste 112 2 0
Prima Marketing Watercolor Watercolor 133 12 0
Renesans Extra Fine Watercolour Watercolor 54 44 0
Renesans Gouache Gouache 5 4 0
Roman Szmal Aquarius Watercolor 181 29 0
Rosa Gallery Watercolour Watercolor 60 57 1
Royal Talens Gouache Extra Fine Gouache 60 25 0
Royal Talens Rembrandt Water Colour Watercolor 120 99 34
Royal Talens Van Gogh Watercolour Watercolor 72 72 0
Royal Talens Van Gogh Watercolour [Pre 2019] Watercolor 40 40 0
Schmincke AKADEMIE Acryl Color [Series 23] Acrylic 60 1 0
Schmincke AKADEMIE Aquarell [Series 16] Watercolor 53 12 0
Schmincke AKADEMIE Gouache [Series 22] Gouache 30 7 0
Schmincke Calligraphy Gouache [Series 27] Gouache 12 1 0
Schmincke Designers' Gouache (HKS) [Series 25] Gouache 60 21 0
Schmincke HORADAM Aquarell [Series 14] Watercolor 219 180 20
Schmincke HORADAM Gouache [Series 12] Gouache 51 13 9
Schmincke PRIMAcryl [Series 13] Acrylic 85 1 0
Schmincke Pure Artists' Pigments [Series 18] Pigment, dry or paste 78 5 0
Sennelier Acrylique Acrylic 120 3 0
Sennelier Dry Pigments Pigment, dry or paste 103 8 0
Sennelier l'Aquarelle Watercolor 110 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
Vallejo Acrylic Studio Acrylic 62 8 0
Winsor & Newton Artists' Water Colour [Discontinued] Watercolor 4 3 0
Winsor & Newton Cotman Water Colours Watercolor 48 19 4
Winsor & Newton Designers Gouache Gouache 89 41 0
Winsor & Newton Professional Acrylic Acrylic 79 3 0
Winsor & Newton Professional Water Colour Watercolor 118 99 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 2
Golden High Flow Acrylic 86 9
Holbein Artists' Gouache Gouache 140 45
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 38
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 AKADEMIE Acryl Color [Series 23] Acrylic 60 1
Schmincke Designers' Gouache (HKS) [Series 25] Gouache 60 21
Schmincke HORADAM Gouache [Series 12] Gouache 51 13
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.