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.
Color Shifting Mixtures with Duochrome Pigments
Mixing with Duochrome pigments is equally challenging and rewarding. These mysterious pigments shift hue as you view them from different angels.
For example, Duochrome Oceanic is a vibrant blue-green from one angle and a reflective gold from the other. Mixed with a standard pigment, like Cerulean Blue, it produces an entirely new blue hue. When you tilt your paper, the gold color shift is still visible but only about half as intense. Imagine painting sunlit ocean waves with this color combo.
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 Luminescent SUPER Set includes 19 - 15ml tubes of:
- Duochrome Adobe - Shifts between saturated copper and a brilliant red metallic.
- Duochrome Aquamarine - Shifts between a soft blue-green and a shimmering iridescent blue.
- Duochrome Cactus Flower - Shifts between an earthy sienna and a sparkling metallic violet.
- Duochrome Desert Bronze - Highly reflective with a warm bronze sheen.
- Duochrome Hibiscus - Shifts between red violet and a shimmering iridescent blue violet.
- Duochrome Mauve - Shifts between pale pinkish-purple and brilliant sparkling sapphire.
- Duochrome Oceanic - Shifts between a subtle green gold and a brilliant metallic gold sparkle.
- Duochrome Saguaro Green - Shifts between rich copper and brilliant metallic green-gold.
- Iridescent Aztec Gold - Warm reddish shade midway between traditional copper and gold hues.
- Iridescent Blue Silver - Rich metallic steel tone.
- Iridescent Electric Blue - Our most bright, vibrant Luminescent. It is the color of sun striking the blue tones of peacock feathers.
- Iridescent Garnet - Rose colored metallic that creates a dynamic pink reflection even in light washes.
- Iridescent Goldstone - Rich gold with a slight reddish undertone.
- Iridescent Jade - Shimmering soft green with a golden metallic surface.
- Iridescent Moonstone - Reflects in shades white and deep silver—a perfect choice for fish scales or moonlit water. Iridescent Moonstone shows up as a silvery-gray on white, but when applied over black becomes a glowing silver-white - like the reflection of the moon on a night-darkened sea.
- Iridescent Ruby - Sweet and soft metallic pink—try this color on bird's wings or flower petals for subtle shine.
- Iridescent Sapphire - Subtle, silvery blue-gray on white, pops and sparkles when applied over black paper or dark colors. It has a cool elegance and mixes beautifully with other colors.
- Iridescent Sunstone - Soft metallic pink with a glimmering gold surface.
- Iridescent Topaz - 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.