Color Mixing Watercolor Paint Characteristics

Sap Green Watercolor – Paint Characteristics & Color Mixing

Sap Green watercolor is a warm green color similar to Hooker’s Green Light, but it is less transparent and will not stain other colors it is mixed with.

It is one of the “yellow greens” 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.


Sap Green 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.

Sap Green 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.


For interesting greens or glowing reds, try mixing Sap Green with Alizarin Crimson or Carmine, earth colors such as Raw Sienna or Burnt Sienna, and yellows such as Aureolin or New Gamboge.

Mix red-violet watercolors such as Permanent Magenta or Cobalt Violet with Sap Green to create interesting mid-value semi-transparent gray colors. For a darker gray, mix it with Permanent Mauve.

Sap Green 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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