Thought I’d do a quick post on one of the best named paints available, the wonderfully named Quinacridone! I almost feel its announcement should to be accompanied by fireworks or dramatic “dun, dun, daaaah” sound effects. It’s also known as ‘Magenta’ or sometimes ‘Rose Madder’. Although Rose Madder is a very fugitive pigment (it fades) and quinacridone is certainly not, so this is a somewhat spurious title. It’s also known by its colour number PR122 (permanent red 122). In the picture here we have the budget Georgian version (that contains PV19 (so not true quinacridone at all, but very useful in some flesh tone mixes), Jackson’s Magenta (PR122) and Winsor & Newton’s Quinacridone Magenta (PR122, but mixed with Safflower oil instead of linseed). All very transparent and make vibrant pinks or purple mixes, especially with cerulean blue, but personally I normally use ultramarine.
In the photo the left mix in each case is with Mike Harding’s Tighty Whitey (titanium white, MH does not call it that for the record) and on the right with W&N Winton Zinc White. You need a lot less white with Zinc and the colour is much more intense. Not a lot between the Jackson’s and W&N unsurprisingly, as they use the same pigment. Jackson’s is a lot cheaper though and just as good. However I use the cheap Georgian ‘fake’ quinacridone most in skin tone mixes. Conclusions? Not all paints labelled with the same name use the same pigment, so get into the habit of checking the number on the side of the tube. Also, expensive isn’t always better. Sometimes you’re just paying for the name and artists probably do this more than most. It’s a great pigment and does vibrant things with lemon yellow and cerulean blue and being transparent makes great glazes and mixes/plays well with others. #pr122 #quinacridone #magenta #oilpaint