Permanent Magenta watercolor is similar in color to Quinacridone Violet, a semi-opaque color, but its transparency differs in that it is semi-transparent.
It is the “violet” in the semi-transparent non-staining watercolor palette used for the glazing technique and mixing with other colors.
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.
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.
Permanent Magenta 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.
Permanent Magenta 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.
COLOR MIXING WITH PERMANENT MAGENTA WATERCOLOR
Add Opera Rose to Permanent Magenta to mix a variety of lighter pink-violet colors. Or, add Permanent Mauve to mix deeper purple-violet colors.
Mix Permanent Magenta 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.
Permanent Magenta 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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To learn more about transparent watercolors, click the link to my blog post “Which watercolor paints are transparent.”