A semi-transparent, slightly milky, dark cool green – the Williamsburg Viridian is a great colour for painting foliage and seascapes. It is also a wonderful mixing colour: with yellows to create bright or autumnal greens, with blues for teals, and with reds for blacks and greys. Williamsburg Viridian tints with white to make cool green greys. Its transparency also means it is a good colour for glazes. It is a great mixer and is very adaptable – a useful colour to have in your paintbox.
Since the 1980s Williamsburg have been making their oil colour by hand in small batches. Each Williamsburg Handmade Oil Colour is ground to enhance the beauty and luminosity specific to that particular pigment, some colours will feel slightly gritty; others extremely smooth. Over 160 glorious shades to choose from, including iridescent and interference colours. Williamsburg Viridian mixes in interesting ways and many artists find it a useful colour.
Colour Mixing Charts – Williamsburg Viridian Oil Colour
For these charts I mixed the Williamsburg Viridian with a warm and cool yellow, a warm and cool red and a warm and cool blue, plus burnt umber. The mixing colours used in the charts are all Jackson’s oil colours.
Each chart has five columns of seven tints with more white added going down. The left column is straight Viridian, the right column is the straight mixing colour. The centre column is a visual halfway point and the intermediate columns are visually midway between those. By ‘visual midpoint’ I mean that it is what looks like the halfway point between the two colours on the colour wheel. It is not a mixture of 50% + 50%, as half of the mixing colours have more tinting strength than the viridian (both reds and the Phthalo blue).
Williamsburg Viridian + Lemon Yellow
Williamsburg Viridian + Cadmium Yellow
Williamsburg Viridian + Phthalo Blue
Williamsburg Viridian + Ultramarine Blue
Williamsburg Viridian + Alizarin Crimson
Williamsburg Viridian + Cadmium Red
Williamsburg Viridian + Burnt Umber
Williamsburg Viridian Mixing Proportions
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