Fall in Love with Beautiful Red Watercolors from DANIEL SMITH

It’s nearly time for Valentine’s Day Cards, and what better way to add some gorgeous red color to handmade, heartfelt cards than with some DANIEL SMITH beautiful Red Watercolors!

Fall in Love with Beautiful Red Watercolors
from DANIEL SMITH

We are passionate about all color, and our Reds have a special place in our hearts, we hope your heart too! Valentine’s Day is soon, and we are featuring 15 of our Reds for you!

Featured Valentine Reds


Pyrrol Red
This fire engine red is cleaner than Cadmium or Permanent Red. It is a modern synthetic-organic pigment. While close in value to its cousins the Perylenes, it disperses more evenly and is less granular. Semi-transparent, non-granulating, medium staining (Excellent) PR 254, Series: 3.


Perylene Red
Medium staining and semi-transparent. It creates vivid, dark washes with a clean brilliant red-orange. This sedimentary pigment offers an additional health plus, as it is made from a metal-free red. Clean modern pigments such as this will put accidental mud-making in the past. Semi-transparent, non-granulating, medium staining (Excellent) PR 178, Series: 3.


Permanent Red
A stop sign red, this red diffuses well with water – a treat when painting wet into wet or damp passages. The fussy edges this technique produces brings field poppies to mind. Semi-transparent, non-granulating, high staining (Very Good) PR 170 F3RK-70, Series: 1.


Permanent Red Deep
A deep, rich red, this lightfast pigment diffuses well with water, a treat when painting wet into wet or damp passages. The fuzzy edges this technique produces brings field poppies to mind. Semi-transparent, non-granulating, medium staining (Very Good) PR 170 F5RK, Series: 1.


Quinacridone Red
A true, pure medium-staining red. Drop Naples Yellow into Quinacridone Red and create a peach, or paint dry brushstrokes onto apples. Highly durable and extremely transparent, all the DANIEL SMITH Quinacridone colors excel in vivid clarity and intensity. Transparent, non-granulating, medium staining (Excellent) PV 19, Series: 2.


Anthraquinoid Red
Warm violet-red, this slightly granular, super-staining vat pigment is one of DANIEL SMITH’s greatest creations. Anthraquinoid Red is bold and dashing. Deep and cool enough for a variation on shadow tones, this impressive red-violet has an amazing range. Mix with water to achieve a whisper of cool red perfect for rosy skies and blushing cheeks. A transparent color, Anthraquinoid Red glazes beautifully for added richness and depth. Anthraquinoid Red offers artists a vibrant, luminous pigment that retains its excellent permanency rating even in thin washes. Transparent, non-granulating, medium staining (Excellent) PR 177, Series: 2.


Mayan Red
Mayan Red is both fascinating and distinctive. The range of color it produces is truly remarkable, from a natural strong red, to a clear intense rose, to sublime smooth pinks. Used to adorn the murals and sculptures of the Mayan people, this remarkable red has remained vibrant even when exposed to more than a thousand years of severe heat and humidity. Now using an eco-friendly process, with methods derived directly from the ancient Mayans, this unique, metal-free pigment is available to you. Its versatility, durability and exquisite hue will make it a color you’ll reach for again and again. Transparent, granulating, low staining (Very Good) PR 287, Series: 3.


Alizarin Crimson
Alizarin Crimson is the oldest synthetic deep red-crimson pigment. It is a lake pigment which when applied in strength and kept from the direct sunlight will last for many decades. Alizarin is a treat to paint with, just the sheer joy of the depth and uniqueness of color is invigorating. A beautiful bluish-red pigment from the staining family, Alizarin Crimson is listed on the basic palette of a vast majority of artists. Intense and dark in value, Alizarin Crimson mixes cleanly with most pigments to create dark mixtures and warm neutrals. A combination of Aureolin (Cobalt Yellow) and French Ultramarine with Alizarin renders a surprising range of other colors resembling everything from Burnt Sienna and Umber to Payne’s Gray, while Alizarin Crimson with French Ultramarine creates an intense purple. Transparent, non-granulating, medium staining (Fugitive) PR 83, Series: 1.


Permanent Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Alizarin Crimson, developed with our customers, blends pigments to produce an exceptionally lightfast red with true Alizarin Crimson character and versatility. Like classic Alizarin, it is vibrant, medium staining and very transparent, with the undeniable advantage of permanence. Try a rich and bold application or a blush of crimson color in a light wash, we know you’ll love this beautiful shade. Transparent, non-granulating, medium staining (Excellent) PR 177, PV 19, PR 149, Series: 2.


Rhodonite Genuine
Rhodonite Genuine is one of our PrimaTek watercolors, and is made from jewelry-quality stone. This versatile rose pink is wonderful for portraits and landscapes. Used wet into wet, it creates a soft, transparent glow, without granulation. At full value, it is more intense but still transparent with an excellent lightfastness. Transparent, non-granulating, low staining (Excellent) rhodonite mineral, Series: 2.


Carmine
Darker and more staining than Alizarin Crimson, and vastly superior in permanence, Carmine is also redder. This staining pigment, rich and intense, will retain its luminosity in dark passages, but will dilute to produce subtle tones without reducing its permanence. Darkest of the reds, Carmine will help you achieve clear neutrals when mixed with its complement, Phthalo Green. Semi-transparent, non-granulating, high staining (Very Good) PR 176, Series: 2.


Rose Madder Permanent
Rose Madder Permanent is a modern, lightfast formulation of the traditional color giving artists a rose watercolor with similar properties. This warm, rose pink has an ever-so-slight hint of brown making it slightly less vivid than the pink Quinacridones, and a more natural blush, perfect for portraits. Transparent, non-granulating, non-staining (Excellent) PR 209, PV 19, PR 202, Series: 2.


Quinacridone Pink
Quinacridone Pink is a precise, perfect low-staining pink. Try with Indigo for deep dusty purples, or Indanthrone Blue for rich, clear purples. Quinacridone Pink can be mixed with Quinacridone Sienna or Burnt Orange in dilute wash states to create flesh tones or convincing sunsets. Highly durable and extremely transparent, all the DANIEL SMITH Quinacridone colors excel in vivid clarity and intensity. Transparent, non-granulating, low staining (Very Good) PV 42, Series: 2.


Quinacridone Rose
Quinacridone Rose, with its red-violet color, lends itself to fabulous purples. Try with Indigo for deep dusty purples, or Indanthrone Blue for rich, clear purples. Quinacridone Rose can be mixed with Quinacridone Sienna or Burnt Orange in dilute wash states to create fleshtones or convincing sunsets. Highly durable and extremely transparent, all the DANIEL SMITH Quinacridone colors excel in vivid clarity and intensity. Transparent, non-granulating, medium staining (Excellent) PV 19, Series: 2.


Pyrrol Crimson
Living in a luxurious state between magenta and fuchsia, Pyrrol Crimson is a delicious red just begging to find its way into your rose garden. Moderately staining and semi-transparent, this pigment allows itself to be directed in a wash without running wild. It blends to an earthier rose when mixed with English Red Ochre and thins to a pale fuchsia rose when diluted. Semi-transparent, non-granulating, medium staining (Excellent) PR 264, Series: 2.

 

Lightfastness Key:
(Excellent) 100+ years
(Very Good) 100 years
(Fair) 50-70 years
(Fugitive) 15-20 years
Pigments and series listed after Lightfastness.

 

Reds, glorious DANIEL SMITH Reds, which is your favorite?

Roses are red
Poppies are too,
Sending our Valentine
Wishes to you!