Sennelier Watercolor Palette

Assembled a Sennelier palette with lots of vibrant colors

I’ve been collecting random watercolors from the Sennelier brand for a while and because I’m adding a few new ones, I decided to pull them together and make a palette. It will be useful for me to get a feel for how Sennelier paints behave compared to other brands. They are known for glazing well and I’ve heard a few people say they are ‘more luminous’ or have a quality that is difficult to explain, so it will be interesting to compare with other brands I use regularly (Daniel Smith, Winsor & Newton, Roman Szmal Aquarius, etc.).

Sennelier metal travel palette

I decided to assemble the colors in a small metal palette without the insert, so I used magnets to affix them and added as many as I could fit. I did decide to have full pans for some of the main colors I would use and half pans for the rest and ended up with 20 colors. In the end, I left a handful out and included a couple custom mixes out of colors I thought I might not use.

Sennelier metal travel palette

Here are the colors I included in the palette, including the custom mixes I created:

Sennelier watercolor swatches (1)
Sennelier watercolor swatches (2)
  • Purple Mix–Cobalt Violet Light Hue and Dioxazine Purple
  • Helios Purple (full pan)
  • Bright Red
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • Chinese Orange
  • Raw Sienna
  • Primary Yellow
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Olive Green
  • Phthalo. Green Light
  • Green Mix–Bright Yellow Green, Prussian Blue, and Raw Sienna
  • Green Earth
  • Cadmium Green Light
  • Phthalo. Green Deep (full pan)
  • Phthalo. Blue (full pan)
  • Prussian Blue
  • Ultramarine Deep
  • Blue Violet
  • Dioxazine Purple
  • Payne’s Grey
  • Warm Grey

These are the colors I left out–mainly fugitive and redundant colors.

Sennelier watercolor swatches (3)
  • Cobalt Violet Deep Hue
  • Cobalt Violet Light Hue
  • Opera Rose
  • Alizarin Crimson Lake
  • Venetian Red
  • Bright Yellow Green
  • Lamp black

I also made a color mix chart (the X indicates a mistake). I am particularly drawn to the rich mossy greens and Sennelier’s Olive Green is becoming one of my favorite watercolor paints. I also really like the vibrant Helios Purple and I’ve heard it is lightfast (being a PR122, Quinacridone Magenta), though it’s labeled as only ‘Fair’.

Sennelier watercolor mix chart

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