Mixing Dark Reds

Dark red is a hue I often have trouble mixing. Adjacent colors, like brownish brick red or deep violet, are easier, but I struggle with that juicy, velvety, true dark red – think wine, roses, and black cherries. Or for a less poetic-sounding option, skunk cabbage!

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Mixing a Bordeaux Hue

When I was recently trying to mix a Perylene Violet hue, Bordeaux (PV32) was one of the colors I used. Then I realized I had it backward: Bordeaux is LF2 and not as lightfast. Anyone trying to replace less-lightfast colors with more-lightfast colors would be trying to go the other way round. So I thought I’d try and make a Bordeaux hue with more lightfast colors.

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Mixing a Perylene Violet Hue

Occasionally I come across color mixes that look like “perylene violet” to me. I’m also not the biggest fan of the paint, so I’m motivated to find a way to replace it. Here are some color mixes I’ve tired to emulate a Perylene Violet hue. In the upper left is Daniel Smith’s Perylene Violet. From … Read more

Mixing a Chromium Oxide Green Hue

Chromium Oxide Green (PG17) is an extremely opaque, lightly granulating single-pigment dull green. It’s a nice color for desert plants, but not the only nice color, and I haven’t found another use for it. So, I’ve been wondering if I want to remove it from my extended palette. I sometimes feel when I’m making color spotlights that I accidentally mix a hue. So let’s try mixing a hue on purpose.

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Mixing an Alizarin Crimson Hue

Alizarin Crimson is a notoriously beautiful and fugitive pigment. Many people now use Quinacridone Rose (PV19), Carmine (PR176), or other alternatives, but the color is often pinker and not as deep. So how can we mix a hue?

While I don’t have the original Alizarin Crimson (PR83) to compare to, I’m using Da Vinci Alizarin Crimson Quinacridone (PV19) as a point of comparison (upper left).

Alizarin Crimson hue mixes

Here’s what I came up with.

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Mixing Mauve for Watercolor Clouds

Violet, mauve, and gray cloud mixes with WN Phthalo Turquoise (PB16), top; DS Indanthrone Blue (PB60), bottom; DV Alizarin Crimson Quinacridone (PV19), left; DV Red Rose Deep (PV19), middle; DS Deep Scarlet (PR175), right.

Last time I looked at purple mixes, I fell most in love with the vibrant ones. Recently, though, in my efforts to make more subtle watercolor sky & sunset colors, I’ve been trying to find my favorite mixes for mauve, aka dull purple.

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