Gamblin Artists Colors
Violets


Because of the value of rare blue pigments, few were mixed to make violets. So painters of the past did not use permanent violet colors. Those made from organic dyes have faded completely away.

Some painters never buy violet or purple. They mix it using Alizarin Crimson and Ultramarine Blue. While a decent color, the purple mixed using Alizarin Crimson is not lightfast; within 100 years that mixture will not be purple - it will be blue. Try Gamblin's Alizarin Permanent for mixing with Ultramarine Blue. Or consider making violets with lightfast and transparent Quinacridone Red or Magenta, which will make a permanent purple of much higher chroma.

All single-pigment colors, Gamblin violets each have their own, unique characteristics. Use them to obtain strong, bold purples or to capture the subtle violets in nature.

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Manganese Violet: A good drying color that makes a natural-looking tint, this warm, reddish, semi-transparent violet is made from the compound manganese phosphate, first discovered in 1868.

Pigment: Manganese ammonium phosphate (PV 16)
Vehicle: Alkali refined linseed oil
Lightfastness I, Series 3, SEMI-TRANSPARENT, MSDS
Cobalt Violet: Deep violet that is cool in its masstone (and less red than Manganese Violet), Cobalt Violet is a pure hue that cannot be mixed from other colors. Although very muted in its tint, it is a marvel as a top coat color. Cobalt Violet greys down considerably when mixed with white.

Pigment: Cobalt phosphate (PV 14)
Vehicle: Alkali refined linseed oil
Lightfastness I, Series 6, SEMI-TRANSPARENT, MSDS
Ultramarine Violet: Mineral color that greys into the colors of the natural world. Warmer than Cobalt Violet, cooler than Manganese Violet and more transparent than either, Ultramarine Violet is one of many specialty pigments made by German chemists during the color revolution of the 19th century.

Pigment: Complex silicate of sodium & aluminum with sulfur (PV 15)
Vehicle: Alkali refined linseed oil
Lightfastness I, Series 2, TRANSPARENT, MSDS
Dioxazine Purple: A cold color with the strongest tinting strength and deepest transparency of all pigments, modern Diox is useful as a high key tint. This purple is so strong that some use it as a black. Diox makes a cold intense tint. Use sparingly.

Pigment: Carbazol dioxazine (PV 23)
Vehicle: Alkali refined linseed oil
Lightfastness I, Series 2, TRANSPARENT, MSDS
Quinacridone Violet: Robert Gamblin loves violets, which is why he added this strong, clean quin violet. More intense than Ultra Violet, warmer than Manganese Violet.

Pigment: Quinacridone Violet (PV 19)
Vehicle: Alkali refined linseed oil
Lightfastness I, Series 3, TRANSPARENT, MSDS