Color Spotlight: Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet (PR206)

Daniel Smith – Quinacridone Burnt Sienna

A single pigment, transparent red-brown. (I am constantly misidentifying this as ‘Quinacridone Burnt Sienna’, so I’m lucky there is no color by that name.)

Experiment Results

Gradient: A lovely even smooth gradient from a deep red-brown to a light red glaze (not pink, not orange, not peach). Moderate tinting strength; difficult to get extremely dark.

Opacity: Transparent.

Granulation: Not granulating.

Glaze: Deep brown glaze, darker than the masstone I was able to achieve.

Quin Burnt Scarlet experiments page 2

Salt: Moderate reaction

Droplets: Strong reaction

Comparison to Other Colors

Daler Rowney – Perylene Maroon

DS Quin Burnt Scarlet vs DR Perylene Maroon

Daler Rowney’s Perylene Maroon is a similar hue, but QBS is a bit more orange.

Color Mixes

Nickel Azo Yellow

Mijello Mission Gold Green Gold (PY150) + Daniel Smith Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet (PR206) on Wonder Forest paper

I got a much deeper color out of QBS than I usually can on the end of this gradient; I think I got a chunk of dry paint stuck on my brush! This is not typical.

These mixes look nice to me; a classic Quin Gold hue. Some companies do use a PY150/PR206 mix for their Quin Gold!

Transparent Brown Oxide

DS Transparent Brown Oxide (PR101) + DS Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet (PR206)

The middle brown hue of TBO pulls QBS into the mahogany brown space.

Carbazole Violet

DS Carbazole Violet (PV23) + DS Quin Burnt Scarlet (PR206) on Wonder Forest paper

A muted sunset combo, with mixes in the dull maroon area. A bit muddy.

Prussian Blue

Holbein Prussian Blue (PB27) + Daniel Smith Quin Burnt Scarlet (PR206) on Wonder Forest paper

Nice muting of Prussian Blue to blue-gray, and QBS to dark maroon. The middle tones are dull browns, not gray.


DS Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet (PR206) + DV Cerulean Genuine (PB36) on Wonder Forest paper

Now here are some nice grays, with interesting flecks of bright blue granulation!

Phthalo Green

DV Phthalo Green (PG7) + DS Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet (PR206) on Wonder Forest paper

It feels like these are close to, but not quite complements. Or perhaps it’s possible to get an even gray, but I just didn’t manage it. Muddy mixes in my eyes.

What Others Say

Made with PR206, this can replace Brown Madder in many palettes, or provide a transparent alternative to Indian Red. It is also a convenient colour to use for shadows in scarlet flowers. 

Jane Blundell

TOP 40 PIGMENT  Quinacridone maroon PR206 is a lightfast, semitransparent, moderately staining, dark valued, moderately intense earth red pigment… a very attractive color for botanicals, portraits, or landscapes. It is an unusually versatile neutralizing complement with a wide range of blue and blue green pigments, from iron blue (PB27) to viridian (PG18). It adds a slight granular texture to the phthalocyanines and complements the granular texture of the cobalts; it creates evocative dark mixtures with dioxazine violet, hansa yellow, and indanthrone blue. Its major drawback is its relatively weak tinting strength; other dark pigments can overpower it; for that reason I prefer perylene maroon (PR179). An excellent glazing pigment to cut the saturation of cool hues or to build warm shadows; very easy to handle overall. See also the section on quinacridone pigments.

Bruce McEvoy

My Review

I like this a lot! I often like my earth colors to be granulating, but the transparent non-granulation of this one makes it a lovely smooth mixer. I much prefer its mixes to those of Perylene Maroon. They both mute cool colors (making, say, blue in to blue-gray), but Perylene Maroon does so in a way that I find muddy and ugly and Quin Burnt Scarlet does so in a way that I find natural and beautiful. (I bet most people wouldn’t see any difference at all, and it may all be in my head, but that’s where I live, so.)

Perylene Maroon mixes (left) vs Quin Burnt Scarlet mixes (right)

I also prefer this to Indian Red/Lunar Red Rock, which have an opacity that I find quite harsh.

As McEvoy notes, this has a slightly lower tinting strength than I would ideally like which makes it a bit difficult to mix with high-strength colors like Phthalos. However, its superior color and mixes (to me) make it my red-brown of choice.

That said, I don’t think red-brown is a must-have color for me, generally; though I like it for a larger palette with extended earth tones.

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