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.
Changing Hue with Iridescent Watercolor
Each of the luminescent pigments shines with reflected light, adding instant brightness to mixtures. When mixing with iridescent pigments it is important to account for this added light as well as the hue of your mixing color.
For example, a mixture of gold or ochre and red in standard watercolor results in orange. When Iridescent Gold is mixed with Quinacridone Red the result is a shimmering coral shade.
Two transformations are at play in this mixture—the red is warmed by the gold creating red-orange and, at the same time, we’re seeing reflected gold light that brightens the entire mixture.
The Iridescent Antique set includes 4 - 15ml tubes of:
- Iridescent Antique Bronze - Among the darkest luminescent colors with its warm metallic bronze sheen.
- Iridescent Antique Copper - A burnished cinnamon tone with a dark, saturated quality.
- Iridescent Antique Gold - A deep shine without the bright, brassy quality found in some metallic gold watercolors.
- Iridescent Antique Silver - A pewter shade that is deeper in tone than other metallic silver watercolors.
See our tutorial, "The Magic of Daniel Smith Interference Watercolors", for great ways to add shimmer, sparkle, and luster to your next painting.