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Artist reference guide to Violet pigments in art supplies. Pigment ingredients classified as violet can have a wide color range from red, pink, purple to brown. Color chart swatch cards of common pigments in watercolor, gouache, acrylic paint, inks and pencils. Includes lightfast ratings from the brand (+ fugitive notes if I have conflicting test results). Each image shows the pigment number code (chemical color index), brand, manufacturer color name, how the color appears in masstone (full strength) or diluted (with water),opacity, lifting (erasing with a damp brush), layering (2nd coat after first has dried) and how well it the color could hold a smooth gradient in wet.

 

PV3 , PV14 , PV15 , PV16 , PV19 , PV23 , PV29 , PV32 , PV47 , PV49 , PV55 , PV62

Natural, antiquity, mineral or unique violet pigments: Purpurite Genuine

 

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Why salt swatch color separating mixtures identify similar pigment differences 

PV3 M Methyl Violet: Also called Blue Violet or Spectrum Violet. Fugitive, LFIV. Slightly toxic, being harmful enough to living cells and organisms that it has been used medically as a disinfectant and fungicide. Darkens over time, sometimes desaturating instead of fading in lightfast tests.
PV3 Shinhan Korean Color A Red Violet Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PV3 Rosa Gallery STUDIO Violet Deep student grade pigment art swatch color card colour sonnet comparison

 

PV3 Mixtures:

PB29 PV3 PW6 Rosa Gallery Lavender Watercolor Paint Pigment Database Handprint Color Chart 

PV14 Cobalt Violet: Also noted as "genuine", can be both deep or light versions. A very expensive pigment, fairly rare, with minor toxicity. Granulating. Lightfast, LFI, BUT be aware there are environmental reasons that this pigment may fade. This is a lovely pink-purple with heavy granulation that is unique compared to any other pigment, making it valuable in florals and the creation of color separating mixtures. Unfortunately it is not stable in high heat/sunny/humid environments like Florida. It is unclear if this change was due to heat, humidity, chemical or PH changes. Most artists may never experience a problem with this pigment, but be aware that if you sell art that may be hung inside beach front property where daily sunrise/sunset light beams are hotter than northern states the artwork may fade.
Cobalt Violet pigment pv14 lightfast test fugitive results environmental change chemical reaction
 
PV14 Rembrandt Watercolor Cobalt Violet Granulating Pink Purple Swatch Card Painting Winsor and Newton professional watercolor paint PV14 Cobalt Violet swatch card

 

PV14 Mixtures:

 

PV15 Ultramarine Violet: Some brands also offer it as Ultra "Red" which is a muted, dusty pink-purple similar to Ultra Pink PR259. Ultramarine Violet is granulating and lightfast (LFI, BW8). This pigment varies in color from a deep blue, purple to pale pink depending on how it was manufactured (heat a trace elements can change it's final hue dramatically). Overall uncommon, rarely found in student grade paints and the hue is different from each of the handful of manufacturers that carry it. Rembrandt makes a lovely version that has minor color separation with a hint of blue in salt reaction and back runs as well as pink tinges when very diluted. While notably granulating, in practice my Winsor and Newton Ultramarine Violet was even more eager to be textural in wet washes. W&N's is a deeper purple than Rembrandt's, but with a more uniform color. I appreciate both versions for being so clearly different than Ultramarine Blues (PB29).

 

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W&N's U.V. when used heavily in a very wet wash produces incredible texture, shown here as a gradient to Cobalt Violet PV14. If you have seen my video about W&N, I have since updated the swatch card to better reflect wet washes using more pigment. It is easier to achieve a deep masstone using this color fresh from the tube compared to a dry pan.

 

Winsor and newton professional watercolor ultramarine violet purple granulation texture

 

This granulation is better shown off in larger close up images than the smaller swatch card below:
PV15 Ultramarine Violet Watercolor Rembrandt Color Separation Granulation Pigment Database PV15 Daler Rowney Aquafine TUBE Ultra Violet Pigment Database Granulating Student winsor and newton pv15 ultramarine violet watercolor purple granulating pigment database PV15 Turner Watercolor Ultramarine Violet Color Pigment Database Swatch Card PV15 Maimeri Blu Watercolor Swatch Ultramarine Violet database pigment hue color vibrant opaque PV15 Da Vinci Watercolor Ultramarine Violet Art Pigment Database PV15 Winsor and Newton Professional Smalt Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart

 

PV15 Mixtures:

PV15 PB29 Schmincke Horadam Watercolor Ultramarine Violet Granulating Art Pigment Database PV15 PBk11 Daniel Smith Watercolor Lunar Violet pigment dip pen swatch card color colour database 

PV16 Manganese Violet:
A heavily granulating purple pigment similar in texture to PV14 Cobalt Violet and PR233 Potter's Pink. This pigment is lightfast, LFI, but it can experience chemical changes over time due to interactions with minor acidity in gum arabic binder. In my older tube of DaVinci watercolor, this pigment has hardened into a dark brown blob that no longer reactivates. I have not seen any issue with this paint on paper once dry. I advise using up any paint you have, without stockpiling too far in advance, to use up your supply before any potential changes occur. 
PV16 Winsor and Newton Watercolor Professional Permanent Mauve Swatch Card Color Chart PV16 Turner Watercolor Manganese Violet Color Pigment Database Swatch Card

 

PV16 Mixtures:

PG50 PV16 PB29 Schmincke Professional Watercolor Deep Sea Blue Granulating Special Edition PG50 PV16 Schmincke Professional Watercolor Glacier Turquoise Granulating Special Edition PV16 PBr33 Schmincke Professional Watercolor Galaxy Pink Granulating Special Edition 

PV19 Quinacridone Violet:

Also called Permanent Rose or Magenta in many brands. PV19 can come in multiple hues ranging from a cool red to a bluish magenta similar to PR122. Often used as a primary mixing red, as it is capable of bright floral pinks as well as mixing vibrant purples. Although rated LFII, I have yet to see signs of fading in paints made with this pigment.

pv19 winsor newton watercolor professional permanent carmine lightfast staining red pink color PV19 Paul Rubens Standard Pan Rose Red swatch card pigment art set half full pan lightfast fugitive art PV19 Grumbacher Academy Carmine Hue Watercolor Swatch Card PV19 Paul Rubens Hint of Glitter Pan Set Watercolor Rose Red Swatch Card Color Chart winsor and newton professional watercolor permanent rose primary mixing red magenta pigment color chart PV19 Daniel Smith Watercolor Quinacridone Rose Pigment Swatch Database Card PV19 Liquitex Basics Acrylic Primary Red color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallic PV19 Daniel Smith Watercolor Quinacridone Red Pigment Swatch Database Card PV19 Grumbacher Watercolor Alizarin Rose Madder Art Pigment Database PV19 Maimeri Blu Watercolor Swatch 2016 Primary Red Magenta database pigment hue color vibrant opaque PV19 Turner Watercolor Rose Red Color Pigment Database Swatch Card PV19 Schmincke Horadam Gouache Carmine Art Pigment Database PV19 Lukas Watercolor Purple Art Pigment Database PV19 Winsor and Newton Watercolor Professional Permanent Magenta Swatch Card Color Chart PV19 Da Vinci Alizarin Crimson Quin pigment dip pen swatch card color colour database pv19 daniel smith watercolor quin violet pigment database art paint swatch pv19 da vinci watercolor quin violet pigment database art paint swatch pv19 holbein quin violet watercolor professional paint color chart swatch pigment pv19 white nights quin lilac watercolor color chart swatch pigment database Rosa Gallery quin lilac watercolor pv19 magenta swatch card color chart PV19 Paul Rubens Standard Pan set Violet lightfast pigment swatch test card art color lift cheap

 

PV19 Mixtures:
PR206 PV19 PY150 Winsor and Newton Professional Quinacridone Gold Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PV19 PY97 Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolor Rose Dore Color Chart Swatch Card PV19 PR206 Winsor and Newton Professional Watercolor Permanent Alizarin Crimson Color Chart Swatch Card PV19 PR179 Schmincke Horadam Madder Red Dark Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PR206 PR202 Liquitex Basics Acrylic Alizarin Crimson Hue Permanent color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallic PR177 PBr23 PV19 Old Holland Classic Watercolors Alizarin Crimson Lake Extra pigment swatch rare mineral paint art professional PV19 PV29 Grumbacher Academy Thio Violet Watercolor Swatch Card PV19 PV23 Old Holland Classic Watercolors Bright Violet pigment swatch rare mineral paint art professional PV19 PW6 Jo Sonja's Matte Fluid Acrylic Amethyst chroma opaque flow vibrant pigment swatch card database PB29 PV19 Roman Szmal Aquarius Watercolor Mineral Violet Swatch Card Color Chart PG50 PV19 Roman Szmal Aquarius Watercolor Misty Morning Color Swatch Granulating PV19 PB29 Paul Rubens Hint of Glitter Pan Set Watercolor Royal Purple Swatch Card Color Chart PV19 PB29 Paul Rubens Standard Pan set Royal Purple art swatch card color pigment database stain test masstone diluted PV19 PB29 Paul Rubens Tube Watercolor Royal Purple Swatch Card Color Chart PG7 PY3 PV19 Daler Rowney Aquafine Hooker's Green Dark watercolor student grade pro professional pigment pan PBr7 PV19 Daniel Smith Watercolor Raw Umber Violet swatch pigment granulating vibrant PBr7 PV19 American Journey Cheap Joe's Raw Umber Violet pigment swatch lightfast database card art 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 PB15:1 PV19 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Indigo Art of Pigment Tube Full Pan Color Chart PBk6 PV19 PB15 Winsor and Newton Professional Payne's Gray Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PB15:1 PV19 PBk7 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Payne's Gray Watercolor Database Peynes PB19 Pigment PBk7 PB15 PV19 Jackson's Store Brand Payne's Grey smooth pigment database sennelier art color 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

 

PV23 Dioxazine Violet:
This deep purple pigment can vary in lightfastness by brand. Winsor and Newton, Daniel Smith and Qor watercolors have proven very lightfast. In my one year tests they are on par with LFI to LFII pigments. Has a wet to dry shift, becoming notably lighter when dry. Transparent and glazes well, it can often be layered to reach a near-black masstone.
PV23 Prima Art Philosophy Confetti Purple Watercolor Swatch Card PV23 Winsor and Newton Watercolor Professional Dioxazine Violet Swatch Card Color Chart PV23 Shinhan Korean Color A Violet Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PV23 Paul Rubens Hint of Glitter Pan Set Watercolor Permanent Violet Swatch Card Color Chart PV23 Turner Watercolor Dioxazine Violet Staining Pigment Database Swatch Card PV23 RS Red Shade Liquitex Basics Acrylic Dioxazine Purple color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallic PV23 Rosa Gallery Watercolor Violet Dioxazine Purple Handprint Art Pigment Swatch Color Chart PV23 Paul Rubens Standard Pan Permanent Violet swatch card pigment art set half full pan lightfast fugitive art PV23 Maimeri Blu Watercolor Swatch 2016 Permanent Violet Blueish database pigment hue color vibrant opaque PV23 Old Holland Classic Watercolors Dioxazine Mauve pigment swatch rare mineral paint art professional PV23 Jo Sonja's Matte Fluid Acrylic Dioxazine Purple chroma opaque flow vibrant pigment swatch card database

 

PV23 Mixtures:

PV19 PV23 Old Holland Classic Watercolors Bright Violet pigment swatch rare mineral paint art professional PBk7 PV23 PW6 Arrtx Gouache Lilac Color Pigment Database Paint PV23 PW6 Arrtx Gouache Aegean Sea Color Pigment Database Paint PW6 PV23 Liquitex Basics Acrylic Brilliant Purple color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallic PR122 PV23 Liquitex Basics Acrylic Prism Violet color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallic PR122 PV23 RS Liquitex Basics Acrylic Deep Violet color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallic PW6 PB29 PY23 Liquitex Basics Acrylic Light Blue Permanent color separating granulating pigment shimmer metallic 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 PB15 PV23 PW6 Prima Art Philosophy Confetti Denim Watercolor Swatch Card PB15:3 PV23 Jo Sonja's Matte Fluid Acrylic Blue Violet chroma opaque flow vibrant pigment swatch card database

 

PV29 Perylene Violet:
PV29 Winsor and Newton Professional Perylene Violet Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart PV29 White Nights Watercolor Perylene Violet

 

PV29 Mixtures:
PV19 PV29 Grumbacher Academy Thio Violet Watercolor Swatch Card

 

PV32 Benzimidazolone Violet:
pv32 rembrandt benz violet watercolor pigment database color chart swatch Benzimiazolone

 

PV32 Mixtures:

  

PV47 Cobalt Lithium Violet Phosphate:
PV47 Turner Artists Watercolor Cobalt Violet rare mineral granulating streaky fugitive weak masstone

 

PV47 Mixtures:

 

PV49 Cobalt Pale Violet:
PV49 Roman Szmal Aquarius Cobalt Violet Light rare mineral granulating streaky fugitive weak masstone

 

PV49 Mixtures:

 

PV55 Quinacridone Purple:
PV55 Winsor and Newton Watercolor Professional Quinacridone Violet Swatch Card Color Chart pv55 rembrandt quin purple bluish watercolor swatch card color chart pv55 white nights quin violet new watercolor swatch card color chart pigment

 

PV55 Mixtures:

PY42 PBK8 PW6 PETERSBURG OCHRE WHITE NIGHTS WATERCOLOR PAINT PIGMENT SWATCH CARD 

PV62 Strontium Phosphate Violet:

A rare pigment that is similar to Ultramarine Violet PV15 in color and granulation. Lightfast, LFI.

PV62 Schmincke Horadam Cobalt Violet Hue pigment dip pen swatch card color colour database 

PV62 Mixtures:
PV62 PG18 Schmincke Professional Watercolor Deep Sea Indigo Granulating Special Edition PV62 PBr6 Schmincke Professional Watercolor Galaxy Brown Granulating Special Edition 

 

Purpurite Genuine: This mineral is mainly manganese phosphate, the natural, impure form of Manganese Violet (PV16). It is not categorized as PV16 due to the addition of trace minerals such as iron. These iron particles can usually be seen as near-black speckling throughout Daniel Smith's Purpurite Genuine watercolor. This pigment is lightfast and highly granulating. It appears to be more stable than PV16 Manganese Violet (purified), which can have browning reactions with binders over time.
Daniel Smith Purpurite Genuine Granulate Mineral Gem Stone Pigment Database Swatch Card

 

Purpurite Genuine Mixtures:
 

 

 

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 frequently buy my art supplies online at Blick or Jackson's art materials.

 

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I use affiliate links only to places I have personally shopped with for art materials. 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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