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Winsor & Newton Professional Artists' Water Colours

William Winsor and Henry Newton first introduced moist water colours in the 1830’s. The brand is now synonymous with quality and tradition when it comes to watercolour paints. With 96 colours, Winsor & Newton's Professional Water Colour range offers bright, vibrant colours and unrivalled performance. Water colour, more than any other medium, reflects the unique characteristics of the pigments used and our Professional Water Colours use only the finest pigments, and are known for their brilliance, permanence and strength of colour.

With 75 single pigment colours in the range, Winsor & Newton offers one of the widest ranges of modern and traditional pigments for clean colour mixing.

Unrivalled Transparency
The transparency of Winsor & Newton's Professional Water Colour is achieved by their unique process of pigment dispersion during manufacture. The natural characteristics of each pigment highlights the paint’s transparency level. In water colour painting, thin washes are applied allowing the white of the paper to reflect through the wash.

93 out of 96 colours in Winsor & Newton's Professional Water Colour range are classed as "permanent for artists' use”, rated AA or A for archival permanence to ensure that these colours used today will appear the same for generations to come.

Series 1, 5ml: $13.37
Series 2, 5ml: $15.10
Series 4, 5ml: $17.11
Series 5, 5ml: $20.14

Colour Series Rating Colour Series Rating Colour Series Rating
Alizarin Crimson 1 B Green Gold 2 A Purple Madder 1 A
Antwerp Blue 1 A (iv) Hooker’s Green 1 A Quinacridone Gold 3 A
Aureolin 4 A (I) (ii) Indanthrene Blue 3 A Quinacridone Magenta 3 A
Bismuth Yellow 3 A Indian Red 1 A Quinacridone Red 3 A
Brown Madder 1 A Indian Yellow 1 A Raw Sienna 1 AA
Burnt Sienna 1 AA Indigo 1 A Raw Umber 1 AA
Burnt Umber 1 AA Ivory Black 1 AA Rose Madder Genuine 4 B(i)
Cadmium Orange 4 A(ii) Lamp Black 1 AA Sepia 1 AA
Cadmium Red 4 A(ii) Lemon Yellow (Nickel Titanate) 4 AA Terre Verte 1 AA
Cadmium Red Deep 4 A(ii) Manganese Blue Hue 2 A Thioindigo Violet 3 A
Cadmium Yellow 4 A(ii) Naples Yellow 1 A Titanium White 1 AA
Cadmium Yellow Pale 4 A(ii) New Gamboge 1 A Transparent Yellow 2 A
Caput Mortuum Violet 2 AA Neutral Tint 1 A Ultramarine Violet 2 A
Cerulean Blue 3 AA Olive Green 1 A Vandyke Brown 1 AA
Chinese White 1 AA Payne’s Gray 1 A Vermillion Hue 3 A(ii)
Cobalt Blue 4 AA Permanent Alizarin Crimson 3 A Viridian 3 AA
Cobalt Blue Deep 4 AA Permanent Carmine 3 A Winsor Blue Red Shade 1 A
Cobalt Turquoise 4 AA Permanent Magenta 3 A Winsor Green Blue Shade 1 A
Cobalt Violet 4 AA Permanent Rose 3 A Winsor Red 1 A
Davy’s Gray 1 AA Permanent Sap Green 1 A Winsor Violet Dioxazine 1 A
French Ultramarine 2 A(iii) Perylene Maroon 3 A Winsor Yellow 1 A
Gold Ochre 2 AA Prussian Blue 1 A(iv) Yellow Ochre 1 AA

Winsor and Newton Professional Artist Water Colours

Permanence Rating:
AA Highest Permanence Rating
A Permanent
B Moderately Durable
C Fugitive

For some colours, the rating may include one or more of the following additions:

  • ‘A’ rated in full strength, may fade in thin washes
  • Cannot be relied upon to withstand damp
  • Bleached by acids, acidic atmosphere
  • Fluctuating colour, fades in light, recovers in dark
  • Should not be prepared in pale tints with Flake White, as these will fade
  • ‘A’ rated with a coating of fixative
  • Fun Facts:

    There are three main characteristics of water colour pigments which are commonly referred to by the artist. The relative staining ability of pigments is noted by artists who wish to lift colours with a sponge, to achieve particular colour and texture effects. Some pigments show a tendency to granulate, like Raw Umber, causing the pigments to settle in the hollows of the paper surface to produce a mottled effect. Flocculation also gives a mottled effect. This happens when pigment particles are attracted to each other rather than dispersing evenly, like Ultramarine Blue.

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