WHITE, MICA AND METALLIC Art Supply Pigment Database Watercolor Acrylic Ink Pencil Color Chart Swatch

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Artist reference guide to White, Mica and Metallic pigments in art supplies. Color chart swatch cards of common pigments in watercolor, acrylic paint, inks and pencils. Includes lightfast or fugitive information, 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), and layering (glazing a second coat after the first has dried).

 

PW4 , PW5 , PW6 , PW18 , PW20

 

Grayscale swatch card information panel

 

Due to the opaque nature of white/mica pigments, many swatch cards on this page are done on 100% cotton BLACK watercolor paper. Links to materials shown at the bottom of this page.

 

PW4 Zinc Oxide White:
PW4 Winsor and Newton Professional Chinese White Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart

 

PW4 Mixes:

 

PW5 Lithopone:

 

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

 

PW6 Titanium White: The most opaque, lightfast, non-yellowing, stable white pigment. Not to be confused with the more transparent China White or Mixing White commonly found in older pan sets.
Prima confetti watercolor white art philosophy color cart legion black paper swatch card PW6 Winsor and Newton Professional Titanium White Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart

 

PW6 Mixes:
PBr24 PW6 Winsor and Newton Professional Naples Yellow Watercolor Swatch Card Color ChartPY3 PO64 PW6 White Nights Watercolor Peach PG7 PW6 White Nights Watercolor Mint PY42 PBr6 PBk7 PW6 White Nights Watercolor Dunes

 

PW4 AND PW6 are often used as a filler, a cheap replacement for a chalk like substance in student grade paints. The quality, purity and opacity of PW6 varies greatly. When used in professional grade paints they are typically more opaque, and used to create lighter pastel colors and add opacity similar to gouache. Over the past couple years more reputable brands have started making pastel convenience colors, such as Daniel Smith's Lavender and Wisteria. 

 

One of my favorite examples of this is the 2019 White Nights pastel colors. PW6 is used in each of these 6 colors, and this brand has such a nice pigment load that they can be used similarly to gouache on black paper. See the effect of PW6 in this video review:

 

 

 

PW18 Chalk:
PW18 Shinhan Korean Color A White Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart

 

PW20 Mica: 
PW20 Schmincke Horadam Yellow Gold Watercolor Swatch Card Color Chart

 

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:

 

 

 

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Where to buy art supplies shown on this page:

 

The following affiliate links are to places I have purchased my art materials. When available I'll include links to 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.

 

Alpha by brand: (list in progress)

 

Daniel Smith watercolors -- available on DB, Jack or Ama.
Rembrandt watercolors -- available on DB in Pans or Tubes, Jack or Ama.

 

Interested in other ways to help this project? Visit me at Kimberly Crick Art on YouTube or Patreon. If you have supplies that you would like to donate (such as watercolor dot cards or samples from your company or personal collection that you would like reviewed or displayed in this pigment directory) please email me at enchantedgallery@gmail.com or use the contact form with details. Thank you :)

 

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