As mentioned recently when I shared my updated 12 colour palette, the only one colour that I’m specifically recommending for my Teacups Course (coming next month) is Quinacridone Gold which I use mainly for gold edging.
I still use the original Daniel Smith formulation (PO49) and the last time I compared it with the new version (PO48 PY150) I wasn’t happy with the new version. I felt that the green mixes were a little flatter but I wanted to revisit this conclusion and see if I used a little more pigment in my washes I would be happier with the results. I also wanted to test other brands.
Therefore I created this double-page spread in my sketchbook to test 8 different Quin Gold. Isn’t this an amazing page? The colours and intensity of the swatches are so yummy!
The brands I tested were (in the order that I tested them)
- Daniel Smith (original formulation) – PO49
- Daniel Smith (current version) – PO48, PY150
- Schmincke PY150, PR101
- Aquarius PO48, PY150
- Winsor and Newton
- Michael Harding
(Note as I am left handed I work from right to left)
I was testing three things that relate directly to the way I use Quin Gold:
- general hue and variation from pasty (masstone) to watery – I want a Quin Gold that can produce rich mid-tone burnt orange hues and also light warm yellow hues
- what type of greens can be mixed with Schmincke French Ultramarine and
- behaviour in a wet-on-wet situation – when a shadow wash is placed adjacent to a stroke of damp/wet Quin Gold and when Quin Gold is placed adjacent to a wet/damp shadow wash.
For teacups, this last test is very important as I like the gold edging of a teacup to bleed into a shadow wash.
All 8 versions performed adequately in this regard – as you will notice below I did an additional test for WN and SCH as that I could more accurately test the Wet-on-wet behaviour. (It can sometimes be hard to keep a consistent degree of wetness when doing a lot of watercolour swatches.)
I was also surprised that my swatches done with the original Daniel Smith Quin Gold were a little flat. But on a subsequent test, I think that was just because my ‘OG’ Quin Gold pan was a little dirty! 🙂
I’m now in the process of testing each of these brands separately in individual sketches.
Here are closeups of all the swatches:
So in summary, if you are going to be doing my Teacups course, any brand of Quinacridone Gold will work fine.
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Do you currently have Quin Gold in your palette, what brand do you use and what do you use it for?