Category: Colors and pigments

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

ockra 6

Ocher, the oldest color

Ocher is a truly ancient pigment. Already during the early Stone Age in Africa it has been used. Archaeologists have found evidence of the use of red ocher before humans were homo sapiens 300,000…

Red Iron Oxide 1

Transparent red oxide

There are many manufacturers of the paint called Red Oxide or Red Iron Oxide, sometimes with the addition of transparent to the name. Common to all of them, and even more with other names,…

Transparent Brown Oxide 0

Brown (iron) Oxide PR101

Brown Oxide or Brown Iron Oxide is a color that several different manufacturers have in their respective ranges. This text is mainly about the paint from Daniel Smith which has the name Transparent Brown…

Grön färg 0

Is green paint unnecessary

In many of my students’ paint boxes, green colors are overrepresented. Personally, I probably have more green colors than others. Still, I almost never use green paint to paint green, preferring to mix my…

quinacridone pink 0

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…