18 January 2015

Art Supplies and Ten-Fold Rosette Mandala

I've been ask a lot about the paints and brushes I use, specially about metallic paints. 

Here they are:

The watercolor box is DANIEL SMITH 24 Half Pan Empty Watercolor Travel Box. I bought it some eight years ago. I modified it and now it holds 39 colors instead of 24. I'm not sure if it is still available, the link has disappeared from their shop...

The watercolors are from tubes that I had squeezed in to the empty half pans, most of them are Winsor and Newton Artists' Watercolors, some Daniel Smith and a couple of Holbein.

The metallic paints are in a little mints tin from Walgreens. They are Winsor and Newton Designers Gouache Gold and Silver, Daniel Smith Iridescent Antique Watercolors Gold, Silver, Copper and Bronze.

The brushes are Spotters no. 4, 2, 0 and 3/0 from Rosemary & Co.

The Process Step-By-Step

 First, I constructed the pattern using geometry then I transferred it onto watercolor paper

Daniel Smith Iridescent Antique Gold

Daniel Smith Indanthrone Blue PB60

Winsor and Newton Cobalt Turquoise PB36

Winsor and Newton Green Gold PY129

I hope this is helpful.
Please contact me or leave me a comment if you have any question.


  1. Replies
    1. Beautiful work. Thanks for including info about your tools and supplies. Following a change of ownership, Daniel Smith no longer sells anything but their own line of paints. Even the pans that are a perfect fit for their watercolor boxes are gone. Consequently, I have moved on to exploring other brands. Loyalty is a two-way affair.

    2. Thank you Margana! I notice that when I was trying to find the box and the halfpans for someone who asked me about my box a couple of weeks ago... Where are you buying those thing now?

    3. When I order online, Cheap Joe's has most of what I want. The pans are another matter since theirs don't fit the DS or WN boxes quite right. Since I knew that DS was closing the online store except for DS paint, I loaded up on pans, enough for a couple of years at least. For someone just starting to fill their own boxes, Natural Pigments has a good selection of boxes and pans. http://www.naturalpigments.com/watercolor-case.html, http://www.naturalpigments.com/half-pans-10pack.html and http://www.naturalpigments.com/half-pans-10pack.html. They might fit the DS box, but I haven't tried them yet to say for certain they will work.

    4. Thank you for all the info Margana :)

  2. Qué info tan detallada y completita! Me encantan los tonos metálicos (y su cajita!) Gracias Mercedes! Me quedo por aquí disfrutando un ratito... :-)

    1. Muchas gracias a ti Isabela!! Me gusta compartir la información tan completa como puedo. Estas pinturas metalicas me gustan mucho. :)

  3. Hi, your work is beautiful, can I ask of the name of the book you are using? I love making mandalas and I find your style interesting :-)

    1. Thank you very much Siggadisart! The book is The Arts and Crafts of The Islamic Lands.