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Artist reference guide to Black pigments in art supplies. Color chart swatch cards of common pigments in watercolor, gouache, acrylic paint, inks, graphite, charcoal and colored pencils. Each entry includes lightfast ratings from the brand (and any fugitive test result notes from me), index by pigment number code, brand, manufacturer color name, how the color appears in masstone (full strength) or diluted (with water). Each image displays opacity, lifting (erasing with a damp brush), layering (see how dark of a value can be obtained by a 2nd coat of paint) and if it's capable of holding a smooth gradient blend in wet.

 

PBk1 , PBk6 , PBk7 , PBk8 , PBk9 , Graphite PBk10 , PBk11 , PBk19 , PBk26 , PBk27 , PBk31 , PBk32

Natural, antiquity, mineral or unique black pigments: Black Tourmaline Genuine , Bloodstone Genuine

 

Grayscale swatch card information panel

 

Why salt swatch color separating mixtures identify similar pigment differences 

PBk1 Aniline Black:

Also known as Aniline, Azine or Peach Black. Considered the least lightfast black, with variable fading from LFII to LFIV depending on the brand and form. It has been used as a clothing dye and most often present in student grade gouache paints. This dark value matte black is also mixed in with the more stable PBk7 or PBk9 in some brands to increase its lightfastness. Shinhan Korea and Holbein Japan both offer PBk1 in watercolor form, lightfast test in progress (any updates will be added to the fugitive pigments list page). 

PBk1 Mixtures:
PBk9 PBk1 Schmincke Horadam Gouache Ivory Black Art Pigment Database

 

PBk6 Carbon Black:

PBk6 Schmincke Horadam Watercolor Lamp Black Color Granulating Art Pigment Database Swatch Card PBk6 Daniel Smith Watercolor Lamp Black Color Granulating Art Pigment Database Swatch Card

PBk6 Mixtures:

PB60 PB15 PBk6 Paul Rubens Hint of Glitter Pan Set Watercolor Sea Blue Swatch Card Color Chart PY110 PG7 PBk6 Rosa Gallery Sap Green Watercolor Paint Pigment Database Handprint Color Chart PB15:4 PY153 PBk6 PY97 Blick Artists Watercolor Hooker's Green Deep Art Pigment Database PR101 PBk6 Winsor and Newton Professional Van Dyke Brown Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PBr7 PBk6 Blick Artists Watercolor Sepia Art Pigment Database PG17 PBk6 PBk19 PW5 Winsor and Newton Professional Davy's Gray Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PBk6 PV19 PB15 Winsor and Newton Professional Indigo Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PV19 PB15 PBk6 Paul Rubens Standard Pan set Indigo art swatch card color pigment database stain test masstone diluted PBk6 PV19 PB15 Winsor and Newton Professional Payne's Gray Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PB60 PBk6 Daniel Smith Watercolor Payne's Blue Gray pigment dip pen swatch card color colour database PB15:4 PB29 PBk6 Grumbacher Academy Payne's Gray Watercolor Swatch Card PBk6 PV19 PB15 Winsor and Newton Professional Neutral Tint Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PV19 PR101 PBk6 Daniel Smith Watercolor Neutral Tint pigment dip pen swatch card color colour database PBk6 PBk7 Winsor and Newton Professional Lamp Black Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart

 

PBk7 Lamp Black:
PBk7 Schmincke Horadam Watercolor Anthracite Color Granulating Art Pigment Database Swatch Card PBk7 Prima Art Philosophy Confetti Black Watercolor Swatch Card PBk7 Paul Rubens Hint of Glitter Pan Set Watercolor Coal Black Swatch Card Color Chart PBk7 Schmincke AeroColor Acrylic Black texture diluted masstone glazed dip pen writing swatch card PBk7 Schmincke Aqua Drop Deep Black Watercolor Swatch Card PBk7 Paul Rubens Standard Pan Coal Black swatch card pigment art set half full pan lightfast fugitive art PBr7 Holbein ACRYLIC INK Burnt Umber pigment swatch card color colour database PBk7 Arrtx Gouache Black Color Pigment Database Paint PBk7 Jo Sonja's Matte Fluid Acrylic Carbon Black chroma opaque flow vibrant pigment swatch card database

 

PBk7 Mixtures:
PBk7 PY83 Prima Art Philosophy Confetti Sand Watercolor Swatch Card PBk7 PY74 PW6 Daler Rowney Aquafine INK Yellow Ochre Pigment Database Student PBk7 PV23 PW6 Arrtx Gouache Lilac Color Pigment Database Paint PB29 PV23 PBk7 PW4 Old Holland Classic Watercolors Blue Grey pigment swatch rare mineral paint art professional PW4 PV23 PB29 PBk7 Old Holland Classic Watercolors Violet Grey swatch pigment dark paint art pro grade PG36 PBk7 Liquitex Basics Acrylic Deep Green color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallic PY42 PG7 PBk7 Old Holland Classic Watercolors Hooker's Green Lake Deep Extra swatch pigment dark paint art pro grade PY153 PY151 PG7 PY42 PBk7 Old Holland Classic Watercolors Sap Green pigment swatch rare mineral paint art professional PBk7 PG7 PY42 Calli Sennelier Watercolor Forest Green pigment dip pen swatch card color colour database PG17 PY1 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Olive Green Pigment Database Color Chart Swatch Card PY83 PO13 PBk7 Prima Art Philosophy Confetti Brown Watercolor Swatch Card PBr6 PBk7 PY42 Rosa Gallery STUDIO Raw Umber student grade pigment art swatch color card colour sonnet comparison PY42 PBr6 PBk7 PW6 White Nights Watercolor Dunes PBk7 PR101 Winsor and Newton Professional Sepia Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PBr7 PR177 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Sepia Transparent handprint color chart Pigment PY42 PR101 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Mars Brown handprint database color chart Pigment PY150 PBr7 PBk7 Schmincke Horadam Watercolor Vandyke Brown Art Pigment Database PBk7 PY42 Arrtx Gouache Burnt Umber Color Pigment Database Paint PR101 PBk7 Daler Rowney Aquafine INK Burnt Umber Pigment Database Student PR101 PBk7 PY42 Rosa Gallery STUDIO Sepia student grade pigment art swatch color card colour sonnet comparison PB15 PBK7 PW6 WHITE NIGHTS WATERCOLOR MARENGO ART PIGMENT PAINT DATABASE PBk7 PB15 PV19 Jackson's Store Brand Payne's Grey smooth pigment database sennelier art color swatch card PB15:1 PV19 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Indigo Art of Pigment Tube Full Pan Color Chart PB15:1 PV19 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Payne's Gray Watercolor Database Peynes PB19 Pigment PB60 PBk7 PR209 Sennelier Pro Watercolor Neutral Tint Art Pigment Database PB15:1 PR177 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Neutral Black Watercolor Art Pigment Database Tube Pan Color Chart PBk6 PBk7 Winsor and Newton Professional Lamp Black Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PBk7 PB15-1 Rosa Gallery STUDIO Lamp Black student grade pigment art swatch color card colour sonnet comparison PR102 PBK7 PW6 WHITE NIGHTS PEARL GREY WATERCOLOR GRAY NEUTRAL PIGMENT SLATE

 

PBk8 Vine Black: Lightfast. Usually made from plant matter that has been burned in a low oxygen container to make charcoal. PBk8 can also include mineral deposits, such as when a forest fire caused a charcoal sediment layer. Often mildly granulating, sometimes with tiny speckles of burned plant particles that will no longer smooth out in wet washes. This pigment is overall uncommon in watercolor (Roman Szmal, Old Holland), but Schmincke and Nitram also make "liquid charcoal" which works very similarly with a matte gouache-like finish. Powder charcoal is available from more than a few manufacturers (Coates, General Pencil, Jackson's etc) which make willow and grape vine charcoal for drawing. In addition to those pre-made powders, you could DIY Pbk8 by placing dry vines/sticks into an altoids tin or covered pot and placing it into a campfire for several hours. Can be easily ground with a mortar and pestle, then mixed with gum arabic for DIY watercolor. Schmincke's liquid charcoal uses fruit seeds and is one of the most finely ground, deep valued and high quality products of them all. Schmincke's Grape Seed Black is remarkably cool, with hints of blue undertones. I have read that "cork black" was considered "the poor man's ultramarine" historically, because it was the most blue of black pigments made for a time.

 PBk8 Schmincke Liquid Charcoal Watercolor Cherry Pit Black Swatch Pigment Card Database Image Dark Matte PBk8 Schmincke Liquid Charcoal Watercolor Peach Stone Black Swatch Pigment Card Database Image Dark Matte PBk8 Schmincke Liquid Charcoal Watercolor Grape Seed Black Swatch Pigment Card Database Image Dark Matte PBk8 Roman Szmal Watercolor Vine Black Swatch Pigment Card Database Image Dark Matte PBk8 Nitram Watercolor Fusains Liquid Charcoal Swatch Pigment Card Database Image Dark Matte

PBk8 Mixtures:
PY42 PBK8 PW6 PETERSBURG OCHRE WHITE NIGHTS WATERCOLOR PAINT PIGMENT SWATCH CARD PR102 PBk8 White Nights Watercolor Van Dyke Brown

 

PBk9 Bone Black:
PBk9 Winsor and Newton Professional Ivory Black Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PBk9 Shinhan Korean Color A Black 1 Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PBk9 Turner Watercolor Ivory Black Color Art Pigment Database Swatch Card PBk9 Paul Rubens Standard Pan set Ivory Black pigment art watercolor medium transparent color separation PBk9 Holbein Watercolor Ivory Black Color Granulating Art Pigment Database Swatch Card PBk9 Schmincke Horadam Watercolor Ivory Black Color Granulating Art Pigment Database Swatch Card PBk9 Liquitex Basics Acrylic Ivory Black color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallic PBk9 Daniel Smith Watercolor Ivory Black pigment dip pen swatch card color colour database PBk9 Old Holland Classic Watercolors Ivory Black Extra swatch pigment dark paint art pro grade

 

PBk9 Mixtures:

PBk9 PB15-3 PR177 Old Holland Classic Watercolor Indigo Extra pigment swatch database card color separation swatch PG7 PBk9 PY74 Liquitex Basics Acrylic Hooker's Green Hue Permanent color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallic PR101 PBk9 Schmincke Horadam Burnt Sienna Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart  PY42 PBk9 PW6 Liquitex Basics Acrylic Neutral Gray Value 5 color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallic PBr7 PBk9 Old Holland Classic Watercolors Sepia Extra swatch pigment dark paint art pro grade py42 pr101 pbk9 Old Holland Vandyck Brown Cassel Extra watercolor paint granulating color separation PBr7 PBk9 Daniel Smith Watercolor Sepia pigment dip pen swatch card color colour database PB15:1 PBr7 PBk9 Schmincke Horadam Sepia Brown Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PB29 PY42 PBk9 Daniel Smith Watercolor Payne's Gray pigment dip pen swatch card color colour database PB15 PB29 PBk9 Paul Rubens Standard Pan Payn's Grey swatch card pigment art set half full pan lightfast fugitive art PB29 PBk9 Old Holland Classic Watercolor Payne's Grey pigment swatch database card color separation swatch PBk9 PB29 Utrecht Watercolor payne's Gray Art Pigment Database PBk9 PBk1 Schmincke Horadam Gouache Ivory Black Art Pigment Database

  

PBk10 Graphite:
PBk10 Daniel Smith Watercolor Graphite Gray pigment dip pen swatch card color colour database PBk10 Schmincke Horadam Watercolor Graphite Grey Color Granulating Art Pigment Database Swatch Card

 

PBk10 Mixtures:

 

PBk11 Mars Black:
PBk11 Winsor and Newton Professional Mars Black Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PBk11 Schmincke Horadam Watercolor Mars Black Color Granulating Art Pigment Database Swatch Card  PBk11 Turner Watercolor Mars Black Color Art Pigment Database Swatch Card PBk11 Daniel Smith Watercolor Lunar Black Color Granulating Art Pigment Database Swatch Card PBk11 Liquitex Basics Acrylic Mars Black color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallic PBk11 Van Gogh Student Oxide Black pigment dip pen swatch card color colour database

 

PBk11 Mixtures:

PBk11 PB15 Daniel Smith Lunar Blue Watercolor color separating granulating swatch database pigment PBk11 PB29 Schmincke Professional Watercolor Galaxy Black Granulating Special Edition PY42 PBk11 PR101 Liquitex Basics Acrylic Bronze Yellow color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallicPBk11 PB74 PB35 Schmincke Professional Watercolor Deep Sea Black Granulating Special Edition PV15 PBk11 Daniel Smith Watercolor Lunar Violet pigment dip pen swatch card color colour database PBk11 PB35 Schmincke Professional Watercolor Glacier Black Granulating Special Edition PW6 PY42 PBk11 PR101 Liquitex Basics Acrylic Unbleached Titanium color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallic 

 

PBk19 Slate Black:

 

PBk19 Mixtures:
PG17 PBk6 PBk19 PW5 Winsor and Newton Professional Davy's Gray Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart

  

PBk26 Manganese Ferrite Black:
Rare, lightfast deep black that can be diluted to a huge value range of neutral grays. Offered as Spinel Grey by Rembrandt or Neutral Tint by Maimeri Blu, this pigment is new to the watercolor world being present in just two brands as of 2018-2021. I am hopeful it will be added to more brands in the future, as it is one of the most impressively smooth, non-granulating, fine particle, extremely neutral (very little warm or cool bias) black pigments with a useful pitch-black ink-like masstone. The Rembrandt version is slightly easier to lift, salt react and dries more flat (very matte, non-glossy) in comparison to Maimeri Blu's version.
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Rembrandt spinel grey pbk26 pigment black grayscale neutral monochromatic paint
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This pigment does not reflect light, but rather seems to absorb it - giving the appearance of a black hole. It can be remarkably helpful to design work as an alternative to black gouache, but also as a way to darken colors when mixing instead of using a neutral tint mixture. Notably dark in masstone (see bottom right square). The area above the LIFT stripe does have a second layer stripe added after dry, but it does not appear different because this color was capable of being pitch black in a single layer
PBk26 Rembrandt Watercolor Spinel Grey Art Pigment Database PBk26 Maimeri Blu Watercolor Swatch Neutral Tint rare spinel awesome database pigment hue color vibrant opaque

 

 

PBk27 Iron Cobalt Chromite Black:
PBk27 Mission Gold Watercolor Cobalt Black Color Granulating Art Pigment Database Swatch Card

 

 

PBk31 Perylene Green:
 PBk31 Winsor and Newton Perylene Green pigment Professional Watercolor Paint Swatch PBk31 Schmincke Horadam Perylene Green Watercolor Swatch Color Chart Pigment Database

 

 

PBk32 Perylene Black:
PBk32 Roman Szmal Aquarius Watercolor Perylene Green Deep Color Swatch Granulating

 

 

Black Tourmaline Genuine: A rare mineral pigment offered by Daniel Smith.
Mineral Daniel Smith Watercolor Black Tourmaline Genuine Color Granulating Art Pigment Database Swatch Card

 

 

Bloodstone Genuine: A rare mineral pigment offered by Daniel Smith. Bloodstone gets its name from the red spots of hematite mixed throughout green jasper. Lightfast, granulating near-black red-brown.
Mineral Daniel Smith Watercolor Bloodstone Genuine Color Granulating Art Pigment Database Swatch Card

 

 

 

 

Swatch card template available for download here, or get the rubber stamp here. Swatch cards were painted on Legion Black or Arches Cold Press 100% cotton watercolor paper. Paper and brushes are available at Jackson's or Amazon here:

 

 

 

I purchase most of my art supplies at Blick or Jackson's art materials.

 

https://www.dickblick.com

 

I use affiliate links only to stores that I have personally shopped with. When available I'll include multiple reputable stores so you can compare and decide where you'd like to shop. Dick Blick ("DB" links below) is a large art supply chain store here in the USA that ships worldwide. Jackson's ("Jack" links below) is a great UK based art supply store which also ships worldwide, but carries some harder to find European products with quick low cost shipping to the USA. Amazon USA ("Ama" links below) often offers unique brands, including small business and Chinese off brand watercolor sets, that can not be found anywhere else. As an Amazon associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Arches 100% cotton cold press 140# watercolor paper is one of the most durable surfaces for technical pen, scrubbing and lifting. It's surface sizing (coating) and texture is a good middle ground compared to the extremes of different brands. Due to these traits, and it being around for long enough to be the most commonly recommended paper for professionals, all of my swatches are done on this paper for consistency. Only white (and mica paints that do not show up on white) use the Legion Black paper instead. I buy my arches paper at Blick, and if you are in the USA this is likely the most affordable place to buy it: https://shrsl.com/2765w

 

Alpha by brand shopping directory:

 

Daniel Smith watercolors -- available on DB, Jack or Ama.
Rembrandt watercolors -- available on DB in Pans or TubesJack or Ama.
Rosa Gallery can be found through the following links: 12 set, 24 set, 21 pans in tin, 28 pans in tin, and if none of those sellers are still active or ship to your country you can try the manufacturers website here

 

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