You can build a wonderfully colorful palette with these relatively new colors. Let me introduce you to a few of them.

Edited 4/10/17

WHAT EXACTLY ARE THE QUINACRIDONES? We can thank the car industry for our Quinacridone colors, as they were originally made specifically for them. They are a wonderful family of colors that share the characteristics of transparency, vibrancy and permanence. In short, they really are beautiful and if you’re trying to add color to your palette, you might give these some consideration. Several companies now carry them.

They can very a bit by company, just as regular colors do. Daniel Smith has the most from which to choose.

MY FAVORITES so far: These I have actually added to my palette.

  • Quinacridone Gold (a must – all companies seem to be good – I use W&N). This is my go-to color. It mixes wonderful greens but it’s so much more. I use it to pump up a lifeless painting by glazing with it. If you’ve been to one of my workshops, you may have seen this in action.
  • Quinacridone Rose (Daniel Smith) – mixes beautifully with Ultramarine Blue or Winsor Blue to make beautiful purples.
  • Quinacridone Burnt Orange (Daniel Smith) – this is a wonderful substitute for Burnt Sienna.

I’m trying a few others right now, but haven’t actually added them to my palette.


THERE’S A SMORGASBORD OF QUIN’S OUT THERE. Give them a try and see what you think. While they do have their place, I find I still need some of those “regular” palette colors. As I continue to add them to my palette, I’ll give you a head’s up about them, if you wish. In the meantime, let me know if you have a favorite!

Thank you for reading, my friends. One of the boys is here at my ankles wanting to be petted and so I must go pet. It’s good for the both of us.  🙂  I hope you have something to pet, too.

Kathie xo


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