Viridian mixed with PR209 creates a variable range of gray, which can be extremely interesting in wet washes where granulation is encouraged. When brands create convenience mixtures, it's easy to be persuaded into buying them while assuming you couldn't re-create them at home. When mixing replicas / dupes of other brand's convenience colors you can get variable results using the same pigment codes from other brands, and remarkably similar results using different codes altogether. Martin Hydrus line which uses pigments and are advertised as lightfast. The colors are a combination of the same pigments used in tube or pan watercolors and are bright and beautiful. 1 Collection of Lightfast Ratings for Colored Pencils, Watercolor Pencils, and Pastel Pencils. If you're uncertain which texture level you prefer, having ONE moderately granulating cheaper Ultramarine Blue Deep from White Nights or ShinHan would be a reasonable option while you discover your favorite uses for this color. Daniel Smith and Schmincke also make good versions with a decent amount of granulation, but I think Daniel Smith wins for depth of masstone and less binder gloss compared to Schmincke. Buying paints in tubes is ideal - especially for colors you see listed as a base ingredient in multiple of your favorite mixtures (such as PY150 Nickel Azo Yellow being present as an ingredient in a huge variety of pre-made "green" paints on the market). The lightfast pigment can be easily blended when wet and turns permanent when dry for smooth, rich watercolor effects. Coliro and Finetec are best known for their metallic mica watercolor sets that are likely the highest quality, most lightfast and reflective sparkly glittering paints on the market. If you think you'll need stop-sign or fire engine reds, Pyrrol or Cadmium Red PR108 are options, but I do not reach for these colors often. Google Pay Site by --- burnt umber and ultramarine mixture cards coming soon ---. I have seen these on other artists palettes. This pigment can be hard to re-wet from dry. PY3 Hansa Yellow Light is a bright yellow that feels quite perfect for mixing, but has less than perfect lightfast ratings. *** CAUTION - My go-to was PY3 HANSA YELLOW LIGHT until reading about lightfast issues with this color. Red" (tube) and Roman Szmal Aquarius "Cherry Quin Red" (pan) both are superbly smooth versions with fine particles. That can actually be useful when creating "neutral" and shadow colors. In no particular order I'll be saving my progress for the rest of this custom palette below. 7) PBr7 Burnt Umber: Da Vinci brand's Burnt Umber is by far my favorite version of this extremely useful brown. And if you like … Many are cloudy or totally opaque, such as PY35 Cadmium Lemon. There are actually several nearly identical pigments that can be used as a "cool red" to mix vibrant purples with ultramarine or phthalo blue. 5) ***Cool Yellow - PY175 instead of PY3??? This is OK advice when applied to single pigment paint, but it may cause you to buy extra pans of pre-made mixtures and/or cause more work to create complex mixtures like Moonglow (shown below). PR209 was a good replacement for PV19 and PB28 from White Nights is remarkably beautiful in the second mixture below. When diluted with water it is capable of passing for a mid yellow, but never quite achieves the brightness of a cool lemon yellow in case that is important for your chosen subject matter. As an alternate to mix things up sometimes, I also enjoy PB16 an even more green-leaning phthalo blue often called "Phthalo Turquoise". The deep purple (when used on dry paper) of Moonglow or Artemis separates out into blue-green and red when it hits water (or when you sprinkle table salt onto it as seen in the swatch cards above). This was true even of batch to batch differences, which Golden discovered because one of their batches tested less lightfast … Right now Daniel Smith's is my favorite for granulation. I can see value in having both PR209 and PR254 in this case. In addition, many of the watercolor brush pen brands are not lightfast as they also You can't really go wrong with other brands if Schmincke isn't an option for you, they are all just moderately granulating middle grounds of these examples though. I'll go in order of priority for those wanting a more compact limited palette, but I'll continue to add to this list for a MEGA palette for those who are crazy about color :D. 1) PB29 - Ultramarine Blue: My personal favorite is Schmincke's French Ultramarine, which provides the most extreme granulation resulting in interesting textures and color separating mixtures. I swatch, lightfast test and do demonstration painting videos for a wide variety of watercolor brands. I've found that PR209 is great for florals as well as portraits, mixing well with diluted browns for adding blush and lip color. Ideally expand this to a group of 6 "split primary" colors which includes a warmer and cooler version of each primary color (a "cool" lemon yellow being closer to green on a color wheel compared to an orange-leaning warmer deep yellow, a cool phthalo/turquoise leaning blue, a deep ultramarine purple-leaning blue, a cool purple-leaning magenta that dilutes to pink as well as a warmer red that is capable of vibrant oranges in mixtures.) x) PY43 - Goethite. These colors are what I use most often in my palette. This color is ideal for painting the edges of tropical oceans and highlights on Robin's eggs. If you're new to all this, it may be easier to buy a pre-made set such as this split primary tube set by Daniel Smith and spend a little time playing with mixing your own colors. Discover Creates an amazing mixture when combined with Cobalt Teal/Turq PG50 (as shown in the background of the bird painting below) where the darker vintage pink granulates and separates out from the bright blue. Finding an alternate cool lemon yellow that is transparent (most versatile for mixing) AND totally lightfast is quite the challenge. Extremely useful for glazing/layering techniques. It's also a red that botanical artists may need for painting red flowers without the pink undertone of PR209. It's a color that is so unique that I can spot it within a sea of other pink or red swatches, which only further establishes it's unique importance. Back to lightfast testing and art supply reviews, or check out the pigment database swatch cards. You can decide, just like as in PB29 Ultramarine, if you want one certain type of teal or one granulation level or if you need one of each like me. This texture appears like tiny gritty specks, minor, and more subtle than granulation.