Quinacridones combine the power of the staining pigments with the luminosity of the transparents. They flow beautifully for extremely smooth washes, have incredible depth of color and can be lifted easily while still wet.
Understandably, they’ve been very popular colors since their introduction. People just love them. No other colors have both the intensity and transparency of the quinacridone family. They are synthetic organic pigments, created in the world’s most advanced color laboratories. Miniscule pigment particles are exceptionally uniform in size and shape, which translates to unfailing behavior in the paint.
Developed initially for use in automotive paints, DANIEL SMITH was the first manufacturer to realize their potential for artists. Perfect for glazing and layering, Quinacridones retain their brilliance on drying. Rich golds, oranges, pinks, reds and violets - intense colors with extreme lightfastness that will super-charge your palette.
Since the Quinacridones are so vibrant, they are a natural for painting healthy, glowing skin tones.
On our Watercolor Quinacridone Mixing Chart we have on the left (top to bottom): Quinacridone Coral, Quinacridone Pink, Quinacridone Rose, Quinacridone Red, Quinacridone Fuchsia, Quinacridone Magenta and Quinacridone Violet. Across the top (left to right), we have: Quinacridone Gold, Quinacridone Sienna, Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet and Quinacridone Burnt Orange. Where two colors intersect you can find the color they make when mixed.
The color mixes are variable depending on the color ratios mixed, and the amount of water added to the color so the potential combinations are endless.