Color Mixing Watercolor Paint Characteristics

New Gamboge Watercolor – Paint Characteristics & Color Mixing

New Gamboge watercolor is a cheerful, semi-transparent non-staining yellow that is very versatile. Its color is neither warm nor cool in comparison to other yellows.

It is the “yellow” 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.


New Gamboge 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.

New Gamboge 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 Viridian or Hooker’s Green to New Gamboge to mix a variety of green colors that resemble greens in nature. Mix it with reds for more interesting orange colors instead of using Cadmium Orange.

Mix New Gamboge with Mars Violet to create interesting mid-value transparent gray colors. For a darker gray, mix New Gamboge with Perylene Maroon plus Indigo.

New Gamboge can also be successfully mixed with the other watercolors in its semi-transparent non-staining category.

It also makes beautiful, luminous washes when glazed or mixed with 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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