For this particular lesson, Will is using the following acrylic colors from Golden & Winsor & Newton Cadmium Red Light, Cadmium Red Medium, Alizarin Crimson Hue, Alizarin Crimson Permanent, Quinacridone Red and Titanium White.
In order to mix a true pink, you need red and white, but as this video will demonstrate, not all reds on your palette will make a nice bright pink and you really won’t be able to tell when looking at a color straight out of the tube. You need to add white to a color to determine the best red for the job.
Will begins the lesson using Cadmium Red Light. This will not produce a bright pink as Cadmium Red Light has an orange bias to it and as you will see, the addition of white will dull this mixture considerably.
The Cadmium Red Medium is also not a very good choice as it will also dull considerably when mixed with white.
The Permanent Alizarin Crimson is better than the first two. You wouldn’t think it would be when you compare these colors straight from the tube. The Permanent Alizarin maintains its intensity better with the addition of white.
The Alizarin Crimson Hue appears to lean more towards a purple with the addition of white, especially when you compare it to the Cadmium Red.
Finally we arrive at our last color, Quinacridone Red. This color appears to be the best choice when you want a bright pink on your palette as it stays the brightest with the addition of titanium white. Enjoy the lesson!
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