Phthalo Blue Watercolor Paint - Is It the Blue for You?
Phthalo Blue Watercolor Paint - Is It the Blue for You?

Phthalo Blue Watercolor Paint - Is It the Blue for You?

Blue watercolor paint is a color that I use a lot! My normal blue paints in my palette include Ultramarine Blue, Cobalt, and Cerulean. But I have a full tube of Phthalo Blue watercolor by M. Graham (I think it was a bonus for purchasing so many tubes at my local art supply store) and I’ve been meaning to use it.

This week I did a test with Phthalo Blue and a few other transparent, staining colors; Quinacridone Rose, Azo Yellow, and Neutral Tint.

I also tried lifting Phthalo Blue to test its staining strength next to the non-staining Cerulean Blue.

You can see all of this in the video below.

After my test, here is my take on Phthalo Blue

PROS

  • Beautiful shade of blue
  • A little goes a long way
  • Blends well with other strongly pigmented colors
  • One of the more affordable shades of blue (Cobalt is usually the most expensive)

CONS

  • Needs toned down a bit to look more natural
  • Tends to push and run into a wet area
  • Staining (although it can be lifted somewhat without much effort)

Now comes the question, will I add Phthalo Blue to my regular palette? Could it replace Cobalt or Cerulean? I’m not sure! I think I will need to put it to use in an actual painting to make that determination.

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