Color Spotlight: Quinacridone Coral (PR209)

Daniel Smith Quinacridone Coral: gradient, opacity and glazing tests, color mixes

I just love this unique color. It’s a warm pinky red, yellow-toned, but not in orangey way. It truly is coral. It reminds of a cherry Italian soda. It’s a great color for flowers, the inside of a strawberry, and coral of course!

Experiment Results

Gradient: Bold gradient from a deep, juicy orange-red to pale salmon pink via true coral.

Opacity: Totally transparent.

Glazing: Glazes to a bold orange-red.

Page 2 of experiments: another glaze, 3 step color mixes, salt, and blooms

Salt: Reacts nicely to salt creating sparkling texture

Blooms: Pretty and complex fractal bloom shapes.

Comparison to Other Colors

Quin Rose & Scarlet Lake/Vermilion

From left: DS Quin Rose, DS Quin Coral, WN Scarlet Lake

Being a bold, transparent, pink Quinacridone, this is a natural counterpart to Quin Rose, but much more orange-toned.

However, it is pinker and not as orangeish or as reddish as Scarlet Lake (PR188) aka Vermilion. (FYI, Pyrrol Scarlet is roughly the same hue as Scarlet Lake.)

Comparison to Other Brands

Da Vinci – Quinacridone Red

DV Quin Red vs. Daniel Smith Quin Coral

Da Vinci Quin Red is the same pigment. I wrote “watery/hard to rewet, not as nice as DS QC.” Though, when dry, I actually think they look really similar.

Color Mixes

Lemon Yellow

Lemon Yellow + Quin Coral
Winsor Lemon (PY175) + DS Quin Coral (PR209) on Arches

Extremely bold, nearly neon oranges! QC makes the brightest oranges I know of, except those from the literally fluorescent Opera Pink.

Rich Green Gold

Rich Green Gold + Quin Coral
DV Green Gold (PY129) + Quin Coral (PR209) on Arches

The balanced mix is a sort of fawn brown.

Monte Amiata Natural Sienna

Monte Amiata Natural Sienna + Quin Coral
DS Monte Amiata Natural Sienna (PBr7) + DS Quin Coral (PR209) on Arches

Bold earth oranges. These remind me of Quinacridone Sienna (which is actually a mix of Quin Gold + Quin Coral!)

Transparent Red Oxide

Transparent Red Oxide + Quin Coral
DS Transparent Red Oxide (PR101) + DS Quin Coral (PR209) on Arches

I’m trying to look beyond the fact that I hate the dull-to-bold gradient, but I think these mixes are pretty perfect brick reds.

Potter’s Pink

MaimeriBlu Potter’s Pink (PR233) + DS Quin Coral (PR209)

The contrast between dull and bold in this combination also seems really awkward to me, and I don’t see anything particularly nice about the brown-dusted-pink mixes.

Purple Magenta

Quin Coral + Purple Magenta
DS Quinacridone Coral (PR209) + SH Purple Magenta (PR122) on Arches

QC needs to be treated as a “coral pink”, not a red-orange. With Magenta, it becomes rose pink, not red. This combination to me is a very very close Quinacridone Rose hue.

Indanthrone Blue

DS Indanthrone Blue (PB60) + DS Quin Coral (PR209) on Arches CP

Muted purples, though this bolder than I would expect from a red-orange and an inherently muted purple-blue. I like these mixes for “purple mountain majesty” colors. The gradient itself looks really nice to me for a night sky/late sunset, if you flip it 90 degress to put the QC along the horizon and the Indanthrone up in the zenith.

Ultramarine Blue

HO Ultramarine Deep (PB29) + DS Quin Coral (PR209) on Arches CP

These purples are, as one would expect, more muted than Ultramarine’s mixes with, say, Purple Magenta or Quin Rose. But – not as much as you’d expect! Most red-oranges, like Pyrrol Scarlet and Vermilion, will mix to grays or browns with blues. For a red-orange, Quin Coral mixes really purpley purples.

Cobalt Blue

DS Quin Coral (PR209) + DV Cobalt Blue (PB28) on Arches CP

Surprisingly bold purples! Unusually, these purples feel bolder and brighter to me than those with Ultramarine (a more purple toned blue).

Cobalt Turquoise

DS Quin Coral (PR209) + SH Cobalt Turquoise (PG50) on Arches CP

Very muted grape juice and plum purple colors; in dilute, you see more of the floating turquoise, which in some cases pushes away the red pigment!


DS Quin Coral (PR209) + WN Viridian (PG18) on Arches CP

These get into fairly neutral grays. In dilute, the green pigment floats.

My Review

I love this color! I loved it from the first moment I swatched it out in the Daniel Smith Dot Cards, although at the time I didn’t have a specific use for it – until I started using it in sunrises/sunsets. Then, WOW! It is just the perfect mixer color for a delicate sky orange! It mixes up this wonderful luminous, fiery yet delicate, fading-light color.

It’s a great mixer for a lot of vibrant colors, including extremely vibrant oranges and even surprisingly vibrant purples.

This does not take over all the use cases of a traditional orange-red (e.g. Pyrrol Scarlet, Transparent Pyrrol Orange, Deep Scarlet, etc). I could not use it to mix a middle red or a traditional warm red because it’s so pink – it mixes up a wide range of pinks and even purples, which may be what you want if you’re mixing flower colors, etc., but does not go red. Also, because it mixes purples, you can’t expect it to mix browns or grays with blues.

On my palette? Yes! Currently using alongside Purple Magenta (with which it mixes a Quin Rose hue). Crucially, I also have Transparent Pyrrol Orange and Deep Scarlet on my palette for mixing reds/crimsons and muting blues.

Favorite version: Daniel Smith has the most pleasant texture IMO.

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