Tuesday, February 14, 2012
TOP TEN TUESDAY -- My Ten Favorite Watercolor Pigments
My Ten Favorite Transparent Watercolor Pigments
1 -- Quinacridone Gold -- I love this color! Beautifully transparent and brilliant -- glazes nicely. You've gotta have this color if you paint sunflowers!
2 -- Quinacridone Burnt Orange -- This has replaced Burnt Sienna on my palette. A "magic" color -- mixes fine with all colors and glazes very well.
3 -- Quinacridone Magenta -- Another "magic" color! Mixes well with other colors. I use it for mixing darks and for doing value paintings. It can easily be pushed to blue violet with French Ultramarine.
4 -- Quinacridone Coral -- I'm very fond of all the quinacridone colors! I use this one a lot in my portraits -- it's great for skin colors.
5 -- Cobalt Blue -- A good, all-purpose transparent blue -- except for darks. But, it is great as a glaze, and used as a cool for skin color, and for a green when mixed with aureolin yellow.
6 -- Phthalo Blue -- A beautiful staining and transparent color. Makes wonderful darks and pretty greens, but easy to over-do -- it can overwhelm a mixture.
7 -- Aureolin Yellow -- Transparent cool yellow (sounds like an oxymoron) -- makes nice variety of greens when mixed with different blues.
8 -- Quinacridone Rose -- Necessary for portraits, as well as flowers -- also glazes beautifully.
9 -- French Ultramarine Blue -- A good, warm blue. Mixes nicely with magenta and/or rose for violets, but can also be mixed with aureolin and/or quin gold for greens.
10 -- (Tie) Raw Sienna -- Good for glazing, to set back something in space or to cut the intensity of a color. Cadmium Red -- Great for a pop of color, or when painting poppies or cherries! Not good for mixing, with anything except other cadmium colors.
I have other paints on my palette, which I use, of course -- but these are my favorites!