Introducing luminescent pigments to your watercolor palette brings more to your painting than shimmer and shine. What many artists have discovered is that while these pigments do possess refl ective qualities, they also add dimension, brightness, tone and texture to your paintings when mixed with standard watercolors.
Maximizing Texture with Luminescent Paint
Luminescent pigments tend to travel in wet washes on the paper. Some of the most intriguing mixtures result when mixing iridescents with PrimaTek watercolor or other granulating pigments.
In a mixture of Iridescent Garnet and Mayan Blue, the heavier Mayan Blue pigment settles into the paper first, creating a base layer of granulated deep blue. As the mixture dries, the lighter Iridescent Garnet pigment settles over the top creating a textural, sparkling gray-violet.
Adding luminescent watercolor to your palette opens a new dimension in color mixing. If you are looking for a non-conventional way to explore color, or simply want to add a little shine to your work, experiment with a new mixture and see what discoveries await you.
The Iridescent Aztec Set includes includes 6 - 15ml tubes of:
- Iridescent Aztec Gold - Iridescent Aztec Gold is a warm reddish shade midway between traditional copper and gold hues.
- Iridescent Blue Silver - Iridescent Blue Silver is a rich metallic steel tone.
- Iridescent Goldstone - Iridescent Topaz is a pale yellow-gold with just the slightest hint of a green undertone.
- Iridescent Jade - Iridescent Jade is a shimmering soft green with a golden metallic surface.
- Iridescent Sunstone - Iridescent Sunstone is a soft metallic pink with a glimmering gold surface.
- Iridescent Topaz - Iridescent Topaz is a pale yellow-gold with just the slightest hint of a green undertone.
See our tutorial, "The Magic of Daniel Smith Interference Watercolors", for great ways to add shimmer, sparkle, and luster to your next painting.