Color Mixing Watercolor Paint Characteristics

Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet Watercolor – Paint Characteristics & Color Mixing

Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet watercolor is a warm, earth color more radiant than Burnt Sienna, and it is useful for flesh tones and landscape palettes.

It is the “red brown” 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.


Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet is very similar to Quinacridone Burnt Orange in a saturated wash, but when thinned appears very different.

Quinacridone colors leave a trace of color behind when lifted but will not stain other watercolors. So, Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet harmonizes very well with other pigments.

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.

Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet 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 Green Gold to Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet to mix a variety of earth-tone greenish brown colors. Add Aureolin or New Gamboge to lighten it. Also, try mixing it with Sap Green to darken it.

Mix Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet with Cobalt Blue or French Ultramarine to create interesting mid-value semi-transparent gray colors. For a darker gray, add a touch of Prussian Blue to the mix.

Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet 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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