Yes, so I have finally ventured into juxtaposing text and image…

Today, I pushed myself to test my watercolors.  There are a couple of things that I can say…one of which is that Winsor Red (Naphthol Red) is not as gross-looking as I recalled it to be.  😉  It’s actually a fairly nice, warm-leaning red…though, still reminds me of ketchup when I see it on this screen.  It’s much nicer in-person.

Grumbacher Vermilion Deep is kind of…not what I expected.  It is red-orange, but for one thing, it granulates; for another thing, it appears more muted wet, than dry.  It also looks different under natural light as versus under fluorescent light.  I haven’t tried mixes with this yet, though…I’m interested to see what I can get out of it.

Apologies for the color pron.  While I would say to click the image to see a larger version, apparently I entered this wrong and can’t fix it.  😛

Both my Cadmium Red Pale Hue and Cadmium Yellow Hue from 2009 (we found a stash of old watercolors over Winter Break) are the same pigment formulation that I would see in the store, today.  I do wish that the color intensity were brighter, though.  I’m not entirely certain of how to look for paints of the same pigment blend but with more pigment load — though I do know of one place I can check out (

The paints I’m wishing to check out, though?

  • Gamboge or Indian Yellow (yellow-orange); e.g. M. Graham Indian Yellow Hue — or — OMG! — Winsor Yellow Deep!
  • Sap Green (yellow-green) e.g. Daniel Smith Sap Green or W&N Permanent Sap Green
  • Quinacridone Violet (PV19) — M. Graham?

And while it would be nice to have a ready-mixed violet here, I’m thinking it might just be a waste of money.  Quinacridone is more of a red-violet; something I’d use for mixing, but possibly not on its own.

Ha — just found out that Dioxazine Violet (e.g. W&N) is good as a complement to Sap Green!  But a color close to Dioxazine Violet can be mixed with Ultramarine and (M. Graham, ideally, for me) Quinacridone Violet (PV19)? according to


  • Dioxazine Violet (W&N)
  • Prussian Blue

I’ve crossed out “Prussian Blue” over toxicity concerns…I’m not that attached to it.

And as close as Perm. Rose and Alizarin are…Alizarin, from my limited second-hand research, appears to be highly fugitive.  Probably good for reproduction, but not for fine art…though I really should run my own lightfastness tests.  I’ve seen that Aureolin is questionable, as well…but I don’t have the energy to look up replacements, right now.  Probably a Lemon (or Hansa) yellow would be fine…


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Haru ("Codey") is a third-year Master's student in Library and Information Science, hoping to find a way to fuse their desire to make the world a better place and to finance their art.

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