Mixing Gorgeous Greens for Landscapes

Greens are a very important part of most landscapes and there is no one green color or mix which fits all landscapes, because seasons of the year, time of day, location and more all affect color. Having choices both with tube colors and mixing options is key to painting with gorgeous greens that inhabit a landscape beautifully. Here are two different options, mixing greens with our Quinacridone Gold and with PrimaTek Amazonite Genuine!

Quinacridone Gold is an amazingly rich color and adds so much versatility to an Artist’s palette, which is why it is one of our most popular Watercolors! Because our Quinacridone Gold is a single pigment, it mixes beautifully with other colors without muddiness. Many Artists have replaced their Raw Sienna with our Quinacridone Gold, which allows them to mix cleaner, more vibrant colors.

Paint out of DANIEL SMITH Quinacridone Gold Watercolor mixed with DANIEL SMITH transparent blues for landscape greens

In our mixing chart, we mixed our Quinacridone Gold with some beautiful DANIEL SMITH transparent blues:
Ultramarine Blue
French Ultramarine
Phthalo Blue (GS)
Phthalo Blue (RS)
Prussian Blue
Manganese Blue Hue
Phthalo Turquoise
Ultramarine Turquoise
You can see the different colors of warm, earthy olive greens in the mixes, and with the Phthalo Blue (RS) and Phthalo Blue (GS) you will see that the greens are slightly cooler.

Paint out of DANIEL SMITH Quinacridone Gold Watercolor mixed with DANIEL SMITH transparent blues for landscape greens

In heavier washes, these greens are good choices when painting robust Summer landscapes. There are also some interesting granulating effects when the Manganese Blue Hue is mixed with Quinacridone Gold in a heavier wash with a bit of the blue pigment faintly settling out, and a bit more subtly with the three Ultramarine colors.

Of course Mixing Greens is only one facet of our Quinacridone Gold’s versatility on your palette. You will enjoy discovering the many more ways which Quinacridone Gold expands your color vocabulary when mixed with other colors, used as a glaze, or as a wash to provide a warm glowing undertone!

PrimaTek Amazonite Genuine, is a beautiful aqua colored mineral which we obtain from Brazil. As a pigment it’s a strong pure color that is completely transparent, non-staining and lifts easily for maximum versatility. It is also lightfast, and is only 1 of 3 PrimaTek watercolors with no granulation. This clear turquoise mixes beautifully with these other colors in the photo and video of the paint out: Goethite, Quinacridone Gold, and fellow PrimaTeks Green Apatite Genuine and Black Tourmaline Genuine.

DANIEL SMITH Amazonite Genuine watercolor mixes for landscapes.

At the top of the paint out you see Amazonite Genuine on the upper left, and on the top right are: Goethite, Quinacridone Gold, Green Apatite Genuine, and Black Tourmaline Genuine. On the left, descending below the Amazonite Genuine are the 4 colors mixed on the paper, and on the right are the 4 colors mixed on a palette, then painted out.

Goethite (Brown Ochre) is a dark tea color in masstone and washes out to a rich, golden tan with very intriguing granulation. It is lightfast, semi-transparent and low staining. You can see that granulation as the brown particles settle out of the Amazonite Genuine. This mix would make some great mossy rocks!

Quinacridone Gold, everyone’s favorite, is a golden yellow that often replaces Raw Sienna and adds versatility with its glazing and mixing capabilities. Highly durable and extremely transparent, like all the Quinacridone colors it excels in vivid clarity, and is low-staining with granulation. You can see the mix is golden olive green. This mix would make warm, sun-drenched late summer green hills or early autumn trees.

PrimaTek Green Apatite Genuine is a semi-transparent green that is dark, almost brown, olive green in mass tone. In washes, the brown settles out of a vivid natural green, creating memorable texture and contrast from the granulation. It has excellent lightfastness and is low-staining. In the mix you can see that the brown sediment that granulated becomes darker when mixed with the Amazonite. This mix would make nice textured leaves, or distant textured green hills in a landscape.

PrimaTek Black Tourmaline Genuine is very transparent and can be as dark as night or as pale as wispy fog. In washes, especially on rough paper, it displays exciting granulation with delicate settling. Intensely black in mass tone, it lets down to a beautiful pearl gray. It has excellent lightfastness and is non-staining. You can see in the mix, how the sediment has settled out and the wonderful granulation in the toned down Amazonite Genuine mix. This mix would be great when painting cool evergreens in autumn and winter.

When you play and mix your green colors, you expand your landscape vocabulary and develop your unique dialect of colors.  Watercolor properties of transparency, granulation and staining tendencies will also add to your choices when mixing. Try adding different specialty tube greens, most of which cannot be mixed, and mixing those with your other colors and find your special mixes for your landscapes!