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Some More Watercolor Tests

090418RustSwatches Left: Swatches made testing some M. Graham and Daniel Smith watercolors. Click on the image to view an enlargement.

Last week I was talking to my friend Diane about various watercolor paints I had been testing. Having good "oranges" on my palette is essential because my perfered blue is PB60 and when mixed with the right orange you get lovely neutrals and dark, rich, colorful blacks. In particular I was talking to Diane about my favorite Schmincke orange which is Translucent Orange. (You can see an example of how I might use this in my post today on the Official International Fake Journal Month Blog.)

Diane has posted her own swatch experiments with transparent orange on her blog. I encourage you to go there and have a peek. But you should also go back next week when she posts her landscapes. I've seen them and they are really fun.

But last night we were talking and she mentioned how she didn't get the same pinkish tone I had from Daniel Smith's Red Iron Oxide. I suppose the difference has something to do with the fact I was working from a small paint chip sample. Who knows. All I know is the discussion with Diane made me curious, especially since she mentioned using Cobalt Blue with the colors I had tested earlier.

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