Artist Watercolors - Pigment Detail Chart

Colors Page

Filter:

All Colors

Sort:

Color
Name
Pigments (CI Name)

Lightfastness rating

Opacity / Transparency

Staining

Granulation

Pigments:
PY53
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY35
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY3
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 2
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY184
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY35
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY154
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY35
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY150, PW6
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY150
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY150, PR206, PY154
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY150, PV19, PY42
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY150, PO48
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 2
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PO48
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 2
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PR206
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY35
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY83
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY110
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PO20
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PO73
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PO71
Lightfastness rating:
2
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PR242
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PR108
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PR168
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PR255
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PR254
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PR108
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PR108
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PR264
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PV19
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PR177
Lightfastness rating:
2
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PR206, PR122
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PR122
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PV19
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PV15
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PV15
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PV23
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PB29
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PB29, PV15
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PB28
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PB36
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PB15:0
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PB60
Lightfastness rating:
2
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PB27
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PBk7, PB15:3, PV19
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 2
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PB15:3
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 2
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PB36
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PG7, PB15:3
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 2
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PG50
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PG7, PB15:3
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 2
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PB36
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Opaque Opaque
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PG7
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PG18
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PY3, PG7
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 2
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PG26
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PB60, PY150, PR122
Lightfastness rating:
2
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY184, PG7, PR101
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PY150, PG36, PR101
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PG23
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PG17
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Opaque Opaque
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PBk7, PG7, PR101, PY42
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PY129
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 2
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PW6:1
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
Pigments:
PW4, PBr24, PBk7
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
Pigments:
PBr24
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY42
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PY43
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PY43
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
Pigments:
PR101
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PR101
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Opaque Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PBr25
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PBr7
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PR179
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PR101
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PBr7
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PR101
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PBr7
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PBr7
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PBk7, PY150, PR101
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PBk7
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Opaque Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PBk9
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Opaque Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PBk7, PB15:3, PV29
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Opaque Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PBk7, PB15:3, PV19
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 2
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PV29
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
Pigments:
PR108
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
Semi-Staining Semi-Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PR122, PB15:3, PY42
Lightfastness rating:
2
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
Staining Staining
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PBk19
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Transparent Transparent
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PW4
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
Pigments:
PW6
Lightfastness rating:
ASTM 1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
Pigments:
NA
Lightfastness rating:
N/A
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
N/A
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
Lightfastness rating:
N/A
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
Lightfastness rating:
N/A
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
PBk7
Lightfastness rating:
N/A
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Opaque Semi-Opaque
Staining:
NA
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
N/A
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
NA
Lightfastness rating:
N/A
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
N/A
Granulation:
Pigments:
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
N/A
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
Lightfastness rating:
1
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
N/A
Granulation:
G
Pigments:
NA
Lightfastness rating:
N/A
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
N/A
Granulation:
Pigments:
NA
Lightfastness rating:
N/A
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
N/A
Granulation:
Pigments:
NA
Lightfastness rating:
N/A
Opacity / Transparency:
Semi-Transparent Semi-Transparent
Staining:
N/A
Granulation:

Lightfastness

The Lightfastness Ratings are provided by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) in the standard for "Artists' Acrylic Emulsion Paints". (ASTM D 5098, Annual Book of Standards, Volume 6.02). Colors with a Lightfastness Rating of I are considered Excellent and those with a Lightfastness Rating of II are Very Good. Where Lightfastness Ratings have not been obtained according to ASTM test protocol, "N/A" is used. In those cases, data from pigment manufacturers and our own test facilities have been used and an appropriate description assigned under Permanency.

Lightfastness I: Excellent

Artist colors are let down with white to arrive at a pastel shade. These samples are exposed to an accelerated dose of light energy equivalent to that which would be expected to occur during approximately 100 years of museum-lit conditions. This exposure is condensed into approximately 15 weeks of testing time, or less, depending upon the accelerated test methods used. For the purposes of the official test, before and after color difference is determined using a spectrophotometer, and difference units are mathematically calculated. Less than 4 units color change earns a color the designation of Lightfastness I. In practicality, this means that a visual comparison of the unexposed and exposed samples, when held adjacent, would reveal, at worse, a barely perceptible color change.

Lightfastness II: Very Good

Under the same test conditions, a visual comparison of adjacent unexposed and exposed samples will reveal a perceptible color change. This change will quickly become imperceptible to most observers as the sample pieces are moved apart from one another. When expressed mathematically, change falling within the range of 4-8 units is covered by this category.

Permanency

Lightfastness and durability based on our testing and manufacturer's data. The levels of permanency are:

  • Excellent (Exc.)
  • Very Good (V.G.)
  • Poor

Opacity / Transparency

We have determined that an eight-point scale is most appropriate for describing the properties of our colors. We have assigned each color in the chart a number from 1 (most opaque) to 8 (most transparent) to indicate the opacity/transparency of that color.

Color Index Name & Number

The Colour Index Name and Number are internationally recognized codes assigned to a particular "colorant" by both the Society of Dyers and Colourists and the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists. The C.I. Name consists of the category (type of dye or pigment), general hue and serial number, based on its chemical constitution. For example, PB 60, Anthraquinone Blue, indicates a specific Pigment Blue. The C.I. Number is a five-digit reference number assigned in the Colour Index based on the chemical structure of a colorant, regardless of usage class. For more information on these check out the following article:

Pigment Classification

Designates whether the pigments used in a color are based on Organic or Inorganic chemistry. When containing both types, the term Mixed is used.

Abbreviations

  • C.P. - indicates concentrated cadmium pigments (CC)
  • G.S. - Green Shade
  • B.S. - Blue Shade
  • R.S. - Red Shade
  • Y.S. - Yellow Shade