I thought for the fourth of July I would do something different, talk about some of the pigments of paint in the colors of red, white and blue.
First, I want to break the paints into three groups, opaque, semi-transparent and transparent. Then tell you if they are cool or warm within their color family.
Alizarine Crimson: A cooler red with some blue in it. High tinting strength.
Alizarine Permanent: Cool with some blue in it also, a little less tinting strength than alizarine carimson
Perylene Red: A warm red, use it in place of cadmium red dark to get a brighter color, high tinting strength.
Quinacridone Red: A cool red with blue undertones, high tinting strength.
Quinacridone Rose: A cool red with a high tinting strength.
Permanent Rose: A cool blue, mix with blue for beautiful violets
Scarlet Lake: A cool red with very high tinting strength.
Napthol Red: A warm red with a little yellow
Napthol Scarlet: A warm red, intense in color
Cadmium Red Light: A warm red with yellow in it. When mixed with white, it becomes very weak in color
Cadmium Red Medium: A warm red, but darker that Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Red Dark: A warm, muted red
Vermillion: A warm red, bright and intense
Flake white: warm in color, weak in mixing. Not used widely. Most newer mixtures do not have lead in them, so check the manufacturer’s ingredients
Mixed white: Depends on the manufacturer, how much of the mixture is transparent and how much is opaque.
Titanium white: Cool in color, vary opaque and high tinting strength
Ultramarine Blue: One of the most transparent of blues. It has a little red in it making it a warm blue. Use it to mix beautiful violets with alizarine crimson.
French Ultramarine: Has a little more violet in it than ultramarine.
Pthalo Blue: a warm blue, that is closer to a pure, clean color than prussian blue and has a high tinting strength.
Prussian Blue: Very transparent, a cool blue that is more muted in color than pthalo blue and has a high tinting strength.
Cobalt Blue: This is the closest to a “true blue”, which makes it neither warm or cool. It is a color that can’t be mixed, so is good to use when you want a true blue.
Manganese Blue: A cool blue with undertones of green, works well painting skies.
Cerulean Blue Hue: A cool blue with undertones of green. The hue has a higher tining stength than Cerulean Blue
Cerulean Blue: A cool blue. Very muted, so best kept mixed simply. It will dilute when mixed with other colors, on the cool side
These are just a few of the red, white and blue pigments available. There are variations between different brands. This is just a general overview of some of the colors.
Have a great Fourth of July this year!
Talk to you all later.