Part 3: Rendering Emerald Green with artist’s watercolors and inks
When painting nature subjects, most watercolor artists learn to mix shades of blue and yellow, or yellow and black to obtain greens that are softer, even muddier, than the harsh hues created by manufactured green shades.
Here are the swatches of the various watercolor mixes I used to create green tones:
As a control, Caran d’Ache Neocolor II in 7500-210/Emerald Green was placed as a wet/dry swatch at the top. Mixtures were roughly 50/50 blue and yellow. Indigo and cad lemon make a good neutral green. The turquoise is closer to an emerald hue unmixed than when combined with yellow!
The closest watercolor matches for Pantone’s color of the year, 3278C, are pure viridian, indigo mixed with cadmium lemon pale, and Dr. Ph Martin’s Tech Drawing Ink in 10W Spruce.
Indigo was used with cadmium lemon and sepia in this sketchbook image of a camellia leaf. This proves you can mix a clean emerald green with watercolors and achieve a natural appearance.