Color Spotlight: Quinoxalinedione Yellow (PY213)

Greenleaf & Blueberry – Quinoxalinedione Yellow

You can see from the heading written on here that I have a really hard time spelling this color name! This primary yellow from my Greenleaf & Blueberry hand-poured CMYK set has a pigment I’ve never seen before, so I thought I’d make a new color spotlight page for it.

Experiment Results

Gradient: Nice even gradient from a very bold yellow to a pale dilute. I wrote “bold!” next to the masstone because I was so impressed by how strong and bright it got!

Opacity: Semi-transparent (I wrote “semi-opaque” but it dried less opaque than it looked wet).

Color Mixes: Mixes similarly to other bright yellows, although I noticed a drying shift, especially in some mixes. For example, the orange made with Pyrrol Scarlet looked extremely bright wet but dried to a pale coral.

Compared to Other Yellows

Yellow Comparison
From left: Da Vinci Hansa Yellow Light (PY3); Winsor Lemon (PY175); Daler Rowney Permanent Yellow (PY138); Winsor Yellow (PY154); Greenleaf & Bluberry Quinoxalinedione Yellow (PY213); Da Vinci Hansa Yellow Medium (PY74, reportedly identical in hue to PY97)

In the roundup of primary yellows, I placed this next to Hansa Yellow Medium at the more orangey end (granting that all of these are middle yellows and not particularly orangey). It is just not a greeny-yellow like Lemon.

My Overall Review

I find it interesting that G&B use an unusual pigment for their primary yellow. This certainly seems to work as well as any primary yellow. It is especially notable for its boldness in masstone, but I was a bit disappointed by the drying shift in warm mixes.

It’s hard to get excited about one primary yellow over another because they all look so similar. I’m happy to use this as the primary yellow in the G&B CMYK set, but I’m not gagging to rush out and replace all my other yellows with it.

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