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Any artists on the board? (color choice question)

Old 06-01-07, 10:13 PM
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Any artists on the board? (color choice question)

I prefer not to use cadmium based colors when I'm painting. Can anyone recommend
a good substitute for cadmium red? Media = watercolor, subject = various outdoor scenes.
The cadmium red mostly used in mixtures for orange/brown washes for the background.
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You might want to look at some of the variations of Quinacridone Rose or Naphthol Crimson.

Many of the pigments you will work with no matter what you use are going to be very bad for you - better to get in to the habit of not touching the paint if you are that concerned about health (pretty tough for lots of us - maybe a little easier if you work with watercolor)

Isn't this a cycling board?
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Originally Posted by Blopslee
You might want to look at some of the variations of Quinacridone Rose or Naphthol Crimson.

Many of the pigments you will work with no matter what you use are going to be very bad for you - better to get in to the habit of not touching the paint if you are that concerned about health (pretty tough for lots of us - maybe a little easier if you work with watercolor)

Isn't this a cycling board?

yeah, it's a cycling board, but it's also kind of like car talk. Yeah, it's a show about cars, but they are also pretty good about giving advice on bread machines, cooking, romance, etc.

Seriously though, people on BF are pretty knowledgable about a range of subjects. I was 90% certain I'd get an answer to my painting question based on other stuff I've seen here.

Did you study art? Just curious...that was a damn fast response. I'm a chemist so I try to avoid cadmium and a few other things...
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Aren't there synthetic cadmium red and yellow colors? I remember acrylics have such an option, for lower toxicity and price.
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Originally Posted by Snicklefritz
Any artists on the board? (color choice question)
ask here, here, here, or here.


Originally Posted by Blopslee
You might want to look at some of the variations of Quinacridone Rose or Naphthol Crimson.

Many of the pigments you will work with no matter what you use are going to be very bad for you - better to get in to the habit of not touching the paint if you are that concerned about health (pretty tough for lots of us - maybe a little easier if you work with watercolor)

Isn't this a cycling board?

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I use Dr PH Martins Hydrus and Radiant Concentrated watercolors http://www.docmartins.com/ and have had great success. The Hydrus IS a CAD RED but I don't think (or know) what the chemical make-up of the Radiant Concentrated are but perhaps you can glean some more info from the website. Hope that helped.
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cadmiums are very opaque, most of the synthetics tend to run more transparent. quinacradone, napthol, and perylene(my current fave) are all reds i use. if you want the more earthy hues of cadmium you just need to tame the synthetics with a little complementary color. a little chromium oxide or pthalo green with the above mentioned reds will do the trick.
i used to get empty paint tubes(a really good art supply store should have them) and fill em up with special mixes.
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For orange/brown washes I like to use Van **** or Raw Sienna. Are those not vivid enough for you?

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