3 - Orange Watercolour Swatches
There are literally hundreds of artist quality watercolours available from many brands. I have tested many of them and created swatches as seen on the right. The square box is painted into a damp wash at the top to show the colour mixed in water, with more pigment added towards the bottom. The rectangle is painted in a juicy wash to show the mass-tone. The small squares at the bottom of the swatch have the pigment number and characteristics - staining, lightfast rating, granulation and transparency.
For more on orange pigments see the Artiscreation orange database page here. See the Handprint orange pigment information here (but note that is it based on tests completed in 2004).
Oranges - whether yellow oranges, mid oranges or red-oranges - are difficult to capture accurately so these swatches are very much only a guide to how the paints behave and what pigments are in them. I'll work on more accurate colour as soon as possible.
PO20 Orange Watercolours
PO36 Orange Watercolours
PO 48 and PO49 Quinacridone Gold and Burnt Orange watercolours
Single Pigment Orange Watercolours
Single pigment orange watercolours will generally be made from a 'Pigment Orange' denoted as PO followed by a number. I have included Quinacridone Gold PO49 here, even though I love it as a warm yellow. Some oranges are also suitable as a warm red option, such as Transparent Pyrrol Orange (D.S.) Samples arrange by pigment number. Note some of the colours are not true to life - orange is a difficult colour to scan accurately :-(
Mixed Pigment Orange Watercolours
These swatches are painted and added as a guide. The intention is show the characteristics of each colour when painted. The colour reproduction is not perfect but hopefully will still be helpful used in conjunction with the manufacturer's website. Thank you to those of you, from Canada, Sweden, Australia and the USA, who have helped me with this section by sharing your favourite colours. If you notice errors please let me know so I can correct them. If you have artist quality watercolour that are not shown here and want to help me build up this resource, also please let me know :-)