Color Mixing Watercolor Paint Characteristics

Opera Rose Watercolor – Paint Characteristics & Color Mixing

Opera Rose watercolor is an intense pink that is a fantastic color to use in flesh-tone mixtures. It is similar in color to Permanent Rose, but it is more saturated and less transparent.

It is the “rose pink” in the semi-transparent non-staining watercolor palette used for the glazing technique and mixing with other colors.

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Measured against a gray scale value finder, semi-transparent non-staining watercolors are generally mid-light in value ranging from 20% to a maximum of 80% value.

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So, the colors in the semi-transparent non-staining category are adequate for a mid-tone palette, except for where darker passages require colors with values higher on the gray scale.


Opera Rose is slightly more opaque than transparent non-staining watercolors and requires more restraint to remain luminous when mixing with other colors.

Semi-transparent non-staining watercolors have similar characteristics to transparent non-staining watercolors, but with a wider range of colors to add to a palette.

Opera Rose can be layered in several glazes using other semi-transparent non-staining watercolors if each layer is allowed to dry thoroughly before applying the next layer.


Add Permanent Magenta or Permanent Mauve to Opera Rose to mix a variety of deeper violet-pink colors.

Mix Opera Rose with yellow-green watercolors such as Green Gold or Sap Green to create interesting mid-value semi-transparent gray colors. For a more opaque, darker gray, mix it with Olive Green.

Opera Rose can also be successfully mixed with watercolors in both the transparent and semi-transparent non-staining categories.

It also makes beautiful, luminous washes when glazed with the other watercolors in the transparent non-staining category.

Mixed with semi-opaque or opaque colors, it will create a combination that is cleaner and more transparent than using only opaque colors.

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… and the recommended semi-transparent non-staining watercolor for mixing grays with Opera Rose

… also the transparent non-staining category of watercolors for glazing or color mixing with Opera Rose

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