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QoR Watercolor: Three Natural and Three Synthetic Earth Colors

The description “earth pigment” originally indicated both a natural material mined from the earth, and ancient iron oxide colors dominated by browns, tans, golden yellows, and rusty oranges. These are the painters’ traditional Sienna, Ochre, and Umber color families. Natural pigments now have synthetic siblings that greatly expand the earth color family. Synthetic iron oxides […]

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Lightfastness Testing at Golden Artist Colors

While we often report on results from lightfastness testing, we have rarely paused to actually describe the process we follow. And let’s face it, for most people stating that our tests conform to ASTM D4303, Standard Test Methods for Lightfastness of Colorants Used in Artists’ Materials, does very little to fill in the blanks. In an attempt to solve […]

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Aesthetics of Varnishing Transparent Watercolor

This article briefly explores the permanent changes created by varnishing transparent watercolor on paper, in particular the aesthetic changes to color, value, texture, and sheen. Keep in mind that varnishing also changes the nature of the painting through the permanent addition of acrylic. While there are several approaches to varnishing watercolor, we only focused on […]

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GOLDEN Archival MSA Varnish Over Transparent Watercolor on Paper

Dirt damages the beautiful surface of watercolor on paper, and ultraviolet light fades delicate washes. Watercolor paintings need protection when on display. Acrylic sheeting and art conservation glazing options have widened the choices beyond traditional framing behind glass. However, museum-grade UV non-reflective glass and acrylic glazing can be expensive and add weight when shipping artwork. […]

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Nur sechs Farben: Der (fast) doppelte primäre Ansatz für ein QoR-Farbrad

Der Artikel “Painting on Location with QoR Modern Watercolors” (Pleinair-Malerei mit QoR- Modernen Aquarellen), von März 2016, enthielt eine empfohlene Palette von sechs QoR-Farben, die wegen ihrer eigenen Attribute als auch wegen ihrer potentieller Mischbarkeit zu einem Spektrum schöner gesättigter Farben. In diesem Artikel wird zunächst der Auswahlprozess der Farben erörtert und anschließend die Mischungsmöglichkeiten […]

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QoR Lightfastness Testing Update

In the last issue of Just Paint we discussed why some QoR Watercolors had a Lightfastness rating of NA, or Not Applicable, while most carried the familiar ASTM Lightfastness ratings of I and II. Essentially this came about because some of the pigments being used at that point were not currently rated by the American […]

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