Color Mixing Watercolor Paint Characteristics

Vermilion Hue Watercolor – Paint Characteristics & Color Mixing

Vermilion Hue watercolor is a warm red color that works well for flesh tones when it is combined with yellow, green, and blue watercolors.

It is the “red” 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.


Vermilion Hue 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.

Vermilion Hue 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 New Gamboge to Vermilion Hue to mix a variety of warm orange colors. Or try adding Aureolin to mix lighter cooler orange colors.

To create a golden color, mix Vermilion Hue with New Gamboge and Olive Green.

Mix Vermilion Hue with Sap Green to create interesting mid-value transparent green-gray colors. Or mix it with Manganese Blue to create mid-value blue-gray colors.

Vermilion Hue 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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