Viridian watercolor is a pure transparent non-staining watercolor that has a distinctive metallic blue-green color that is rarely used on its own as a primary green.
It is one of the “greens” in the transparent non-staining watercolor palette used for the glazing technique and mixing with other colors.
Measured against a gray scale value finder, transparent non-staining watercolors are generally light in value ranging from 10% to a maximum of 70% value.
So, the colors in the transparent non-staining category are adequate for a complete palette, except for where darker passages require colors with values higher on the gray scale.
Viridian is considered to be a cool bluish green, that is tricky to mix when a warm green color is desired.
Like other transparent non-staining watercolors, Viridian can be lifted from a dampened watercolor paper without leaving a strong stain behind.
COLOR MIXING WITH VIRIDIAN WATERCOLOR
Add Aureolin or New Gamboge to Viridian to mix a variety of green colors that look more natural than using it straight from the tube.
Create special foliage effects by combining Viridian with a mixture of yellows, oranges, reds, and/or earth colors.
Mix Viridian with Rose Madder Genuine or mix Viridian, Cobalt Blue, and Vermilion together to create interesting mid-value transparent gray colors.
It also makes beautiful, luminous washes when glazed or mixed with the other watercolors in the transparent non-staining category.
Viridian can also be successfully mixed with watercolors in the semi-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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… and the recommended transparent non-staining watercolors for glazing or color mixing with Viridian
… also the recommended semi-transparent non-staining watercolor for mixing with Viridian
To learn more about transparent watercolors, click the link to my blog post “Which watercolor paints are transparent.”