Friday, 11 November 2011

Fugitive Paints?

A few months ago I published  a swatch of various red/magenta colours. Bruce McEvoy of Handprint remains sceptical of the  lightfastness claims for  a number of reds and always suggest you do your own tests. Following his advice this is the result. 

The swatches as originally painted


The same swatches after four months exposure in a south facing window. I put masking tape over the bottom half of the swatches so any deterioration should be in the top half. Personally I can detect either very little or no difference. You have to allow for the fact that reproduction may not be of the very best, but I have the original and looking at it reached a similar conclusion. I don't know what the optimum time scale is for doing such tests and I suppose they might well fade over a much longer period, but then again watercolours are not normally hung in south facing windows so make of it what you will.

2 comments:

Carlos J. Santos said...

Nice test! i was reluctant to use PR209 and PV19 because i didt know they were strong enough, but i see here that there is no reason not to use it. But i think that if you had making a less concentrated wash maybe we should have seen some fading on one or two pigments i dunno.

The only pigment i dont know if is lightfast enough is PV27 Diazoxine Violet :)

Peter Ward said...

It's an open question Carlos. I did put the paints on in a fairly strong concentration. Isn't Diaoxine Violet PV23 as PV27 is Prussian Blue. According to the Handprint site Bruce McEvoy found the lightfastness of this pigment differed between makers. He suggests this is down to them getting their particular pigments from different suppliers. Thanks for commenting.