I loooooove all the colors, but here are five that I just keep reaching for. I like them because they're beautiful. But also because they're flexible. They mix well. Here are my faves:
Quinacridone Magenta - It's pink. But it's kind of red. It can go purple or light light pink. It's like the sophisticated older sister of hot pink. I'm all in on Quin Magenta.
Pthalo Green - It's how I make teal happen. It looks good with everything. It's dark but not oppressive. Whenever I replenish my paints, I buy the big bottle of Pthalo Green and I reach for it often.
Yellow Oxide - It's a super yummy and opaque yellow. It's almost brown, but it can be so many colors. A little bit of mixing and it's bright and sunny. Go the other way and it's dark and sultry.
Red Oxide - I have a thing for oxides! This is the newest favorite in my palette. Is it red? Is it brown? It's a neutral that feels earthy and warm.
Payne's Gray - It's always a good choice to use Payne's Gray. It's blue and it's black. It's smoky and complicated. I could bathe in Payne's Gray. I like it so much that I buy it in the jar.
By the way, you'll note that I didn't include black and white in this list. There's no doubt that I use black and white paint every single day. My go-to white is Blick Matte White paint (I buy multiples bottles at a time). It's super white and does a great job in lots of different applications, including stamping.
You can see that different shades of black create different results when mixed with other paints. It's good to have more than one black in your stash. The same is true for white. Check out the Flax website to see what I mean.
The next time someone asks you why you have so many different kinds of black and white paint, you'll know the answer: Each one has a different purpose.
What are your five go-to paint colors?