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Old 04-14-2012, 02:09 AM
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What's the most transparent yellow?

I'm having a hard time finding a transparent yellow, most stores just carry the cadmiums, which are very opaque. Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:32 AM
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Re: What's the most transparent yellow?

I'm using Art Spectrum Aureolin. Georgeous rich colour which is very transparent. Expensive but I find a little goes a long way.
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Old 04-14-2012, 02:49 AM
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Re: What's the most transparent yellow?

Somebody just started a related thread that I think will answer some of your questions: over here. Hope that helps!
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Old 04-14-2012, 06:19 AM
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Re: What's the most transparent yellow?


Look at all with "4" in the opacity column. Skip past the historical pigments at the top. You'll also have to cross-ruff against maker's marketing name +"o" for "oil paint" -- though not all oil paints are highlighted with "o."

Most true cadmiums and cadmium hues are opaque, since opacity is one of the desiderata of that pigment.
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:12 PM
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Re: What's the most transparent yellow?

PY 128 is Winsor & Newton's Transparent Yellow

scroll down on this page to see a sample of its transparency:
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Old 04-14-2012, 01:30 PM
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Re: What's the most transparent yellow?

It would appear, based on recent threads that linseed oil would be the most transparent yellow! ( ok, sort-of art humor - but still!).

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Old 04-14-2012, 01:36 PM
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Re: What's the most transparent yellow?

I highly recommend Winsor & Newton's "Transparent Yellow 653". It says it is an "AZO Condensation", and its ID is PY128. I did a plot of it on a color wheel, using a color densitometer, and found it to be very close to optimum, true, scientific, "Yellow" in terms of being a primary color.

I use it almost exclusively for my flower paintings. It mixes with other transparent colors, to create deep, dark colors, and with white to create some very brilliant, light colors.

The only other Brand that I've found that offers that same, transparent pigment in oil paint is Rembrandt, who also has a PY128 pigment, although I've never tried it.

There are other transparent "Yellows", such as "Indian Yellow", but I haven't found one that plots, scientifically, on the color wheel as a primary yellow, as close as W & N Transparent Yellow 653 does.

If your desire is a transparent, Primary Yellow, this may be it. I use it, and it's been working well for me for quite a long time.
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