View Full Version : What's a really transparent Yellow?

11-13-2011, 04:32 PM
For my seascapes I'm on the hunt for a very transparent yellow, preferably not too green or too warm...something centered.

I've been using cads but they are so opaque, I can make them work, but it takes a lot

maybe a Lemon yellow, but what brand? or maybe you use one you like

thanks for the help

11-13-2011, 04:53 PM
I'm also looking for a transparent yellow.
I've been looking up the pigments on that handprint site.
There is a big list of yellows, and I see some transparent yellows worth looking into. Maybe someone can chime in!


11-13-2011, 05:15 PM
You might like winsor newton artists transparent yellow (http://www.dickblick.com/items/00461-4553/) pigment is PY128.
Any PY3 pigment oil color will be transparent, Winsor newton's is Winsor Lemon.
I also like Lukas Lemon Yellow (primary) which is another PY3 paint.

11-13-2011, 05:26 PM
I've used Winsor Newton's Winsor Yellow (PY 74) and Mussini Translucent Yellow (PY 150). I have also used Winsor Newton Transparent Yellow (PY 128), but it is not as smooth handling and it is a very very very slow drier. Old Holland Scheveningen Yellow (PY 74) also looks like one I should try to compare to Winsor Newton:

Alan P. in OC
11-13-2011, 05:58 PM
I use Michael Harding Lemon Yellow and Yellow Lake (http://www.dickblick.com/products/michael-harding-artists-oil-colors/).

They're both transparent, esp. yellow lake, but that's stronger and warmer than lemon.

11-13-2011, 06:06 PM
thanks all. I love the Harding oils, and that lake sounds perfect...I'll try the lukas , don't usually use that grade, but I need it weak so that might work too. it's on sale right now.

Tried the lemon yellow I have, holbein...it works fine too...but a warmer one would be great to test.

11-13-2011, 08:56 PM
I was also going to say WN's transparent yellow but Sid beat me to it.
Indian Yellow (WN again) is also an excellent choice.

11-13-2011, 09:08 PM
thanks Jessica....I've tried Indian and it turns really yuck for water , would be fine in landscape I think.

11-13-2011, 09:37 PM
Hi Colleen, yep I use it sometimes in landscape. Try the WN transparent yellow, its super nice.

11-14-2011, 02:07 PM
I use W & N Transparent Yellow 653 (PY128) for nearly every flower painting that I do. I found it interesting that that specific pigment seems difficult to obtain, and the only other brand I've found offering it is Rembrandt. There are other transparent yellows, but this is the closest I've found to plotting close to true, "Yellow" on a scientific color wheel. Transparent colors (in general) are extraordinarly useful for creating super-darks when mixed with each other.

11-14-2011, 03:55 PM
Doak's has a very nice transparent yellow. works just like a glaze.