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Paints: Hooray for the Red, White and Blue.

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.

Red

Transparent pigments:

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.

Semi-transparent pigments:

Napthol Red: A warm red with a little yellow

Napthol Scarlet: A warm red, intense in color

Opaque pigments

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

White

Transparent pigments

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

Semi-transparent pigments

Mixed white: Depends on the manufacturer, how much of the mixture is transparent and how much is opaque.

Opaque pigments

Titanium white: Cool in color, vary opaque and high tinting strength

Blue

Transparent pigments

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.

Semi-transparent pigments

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

Opaque pigments

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.

Becky

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