Revisiting an old favourite paint colour...

July 11, 2022 | 6 Comments

…that I’ve never added to my everyday palette. And that colour is Daniel Smith Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet (QBS).

After going through the Pigment Characteristics lesson last week (part of Watercolour) and reviewing my Master Palette (an exercise in this week’s lesson) I started thinking about Transparent Red Oxide (TRO). I love this colour and can’t see myself permanently removing it from my palette… but maybe it would be fun to give it a bit of a vacation!

I was initially thinking about Quin Burnt Orange which was my ‘burnt sienna’ colour for a number of years before TRO and then Quin Burnt Scarlet (QBS) came into my mind. It’s part of the testing palette I set up last year and I remembered how much I loved using it when doing my 2021 Palladian Villas Project.

I normally choose an Earth Orange colour, but the Earth Red hue of QBS can easily be adjusted with a little MANS (Monte Amiata Natural Sienna). The question is whether having to mix an earth orange will annoy me. And it will be interesting to see how I cope with lots of purple hues that are the result of mixing QBS with the blues in my palette. (I’m more of a blue-grey type of girl)

I’m also used to a granulating version of burnt sienna so having a non-granulating paint will be a nice change.

Anyway… I’ve had fun over the last few days with a different colour in my palette.

BTW I think the theme of this year is: Mixing It Up! I keep changing things in my everyday kit so it will be fun to see how long QBS lasts!

Do any of you use this colour regularly? Please let me know in the comment section below if you do.

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    One of the best combos to use is Quin Burnt Scarlet with a green. It immediately grays the green down to make beautiful gray greens that recede in the distance. Quin Burnt Orange does the same, but it is a bit warmer so not so far distant. I like to use them with Cascade Green, which has a lot of blue in it.

  • Jamie C says:

    Oh! This color looks like great fun to work with. I love the mix with Manganese blue particularly!

  • maria bergman says:

    Hi Liz!
    Is the color, COB, Cobalt Blue?
    Thank you!

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