Bright watercolor paints

by | 03.11.2017 | Watercolors of flowers |

Knowledge about bright watercolor paints

In my watercolors, I use all the watercolor paints available in art supplies stores.

But for more luminosity in the pictures, I pay attention to the pigments in the color I use.

Color names like “Indigo”, “Mountain-blue” or “Burnt Sienna” say little about the characteristics and luminosity. Here is knowledge about the composition of colors helpful.



One single pigment paints

I prefer to use single pigment paints, because it´s usually purer, lighter and more bright. If you mix too many pigments together, the color turns to gray.


Which pigments contain watercolor paints

Which pigments are included in the watercolor paints can be found on the label of the color tubes or cups.

For example, the water color “Alizerin Karmesin” contains only one pigment, called PR 83.  P=pigment   R=color name, here red, and the CI number (Color Index Number) is 83. So Alizerin contains only a bright red pigment.

“Burned Sienna”  for example, contains two pigments. PR 101 is a red one and PBk 9 is a brown one. Which confirms that Sienna is opaque color. If you want a brighter orange tone, take “translucent orange”. This color contains only one luminous pigment, “PO 71”.

Industry names their colors as they like, so the name is not always the same as the pigments they contain.  A look at the label shows which pigments contain the color.


Some colors are not replaceable

In my color palette, Alizerin Karmesin must never be missing, because it is irreplaceable for my floral watercolor. It has the property of very strong luminosity. In the picture above you see how the color is lit.

More one single pigment colors like  “Translucent orange”, “Clobalt blue”, “Prussian blue” etc, are not indispensable form my color selection.

Find out for yourself which colors you want to work with.

Wish you happy Painting!




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