Category: Colors and pigments

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

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Quinacridone orange (PO48)

Quinacridone orange is a transparent, staining and very intense orange earth-colored

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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

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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…

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Cerulean Blue (PB35, PB36)

If you search for “Cölinblå” on Google, which is the traditional Swedish name for the color, you only get a few results, most from Riksantikvarieämbetet (The Swedish National Heritage Board), but if you change…

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Ultramarine violet (PV15)

Ultramarine violet is a further development of French ultramarine. Take the French ultramarine

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Raw Umber

The origin of the name “Umber” is disputed, many believe that it has its origin in the Latin word “umbra” which means shadow, while others claim that the name comes from Umbria, a mountainous…

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Phthalo blue green shade (PB15:3)

Phthalo blue is available in several variants. The most common are PB15:1 and PB15:3, PB15:1 is warmer than PB15:3 and is often called red shade while PB15:3 which is greenish is often called green…

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Quinacridone red – PR209

Quinacridone red is something as unusual as a transparent warm red color. The color has very good mixing properties and it is possible to successfully mix it towards both orange and violet. The paint…

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Indanthrone (indanthrene) PB60

The dye PB60 was developed by the German chemical company BASF in 1901, but it took until the 1950s before it was used as a