Category: Colors and pigments

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

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Quinacridone Violet (PV42)

Quinacridone Violet is light-resistant, transparent, quite staining pink color that is very close to Quinacridone rose PV19 in hue. Like Quinacridone rose, the color is intensely colorful and loses tone as it dries. Both…

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Cobalt Blue Deep (PB72 PB73 PB74)

In 1802, the French chemist Louis Jacques Thénard discovered the pigment we today call cobalt blue deep in an attempt to find a blue color that could replace the very expensive lapis lazuli. There…

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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…