Category: Colors and pigments

About watercolors and pigments, I describe different watercolors: history, pigments and their painting properties.

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Verona green (PG23)

Traditionally, there are many different shades of green earth, all different depending on where they come from. But two sources of green earth are particularly well known, namely Bohemia and Verona. Verona green in…



Sepia is most often placed in the category of earth colors, in fact the color is the absolute opposite of an earth color, because it is originally a “sea color” extracted from the ink…

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Green Gold – PY129

The name green gold probably comes from the metal made of an alloy of gold and Palladium (or silver). As a watercolor paint, it was the pigment PG10 that was first named green gold….

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Pyrrole red (PR254)

Pyrrole red (PR254) is a new pigment. The color was invented in 1974 and the production of pigments began in 1983. But for its young age, the color is well known and established, and…

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Serpentine green

I had not intended to write about Serpentine green or other colors made from minerals on the blog. Partly because they are unusual and often expensive and in addition there are so few manufacturers…

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Quinacridone maroon (PR206)

Quinacridone maroon is a semi-transparent, very light resistant, staining reddish brown color that was invented in 1958. It has many uses. It acts as a value reducer for many blue and green colors. Despite…

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Hooker’s Green

William Jackson Hooker was an English botanist and botanical illustrator who lived from 1785 to 1865. In his botanical illustrations, he naturally needed a natural green color for all green plants. He liked to…

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Quinacridone orange (PO48)

Quinacridone orange is a transparent, staining and very intense orange earth-colored pigment that first saw the light of day in 1958. A property, which it unfortunately shares with several other watercolor paints, is that…

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Alizarin crimson (PR83)

Alizarin is the dye in madder red, a red dye extracted from the madder root, from this dye the pigment madder lake can be made. As a dye for textile dyeing, the dye is…

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Neutral tint

To create neutral shadows and to lower the value of many different colors, watercolor painters often use Neutral Tint, the name suggests that the mixture should be neutral, but it is not. Neutral Tint…