AQUA GREEN LIGHT
Chemical Description: Blend Titanium dioxide & chlorinated Copper phthalocyanine
Pigment Number: PW6 PG7
Lightfastness Rating: ASTM I
Pigment Opacity: Opaque
Paint Opacity: Opaque
Aqua Green Light would be regarded by most artists as a very new shade of color more akin to 21st century fashion than art from the ancient world. They couldn’t be more wrong about that. While it is not a precise match, Aqua Green Light is similar to the color malachite which is a copper green color that forms naturally and has been mined and used for as much as 5,000 years. A mine in Israel in the Timna valley is believed by some people to be one of the mines of King Soloman has been producing malachite for 3,000 years and is still operating, although jewelry is now a more important use for it than artists paints. Malachite is a bit darker than Aqua Green Light, and not quite so bright and clean a color and to get the actual shade add a small amount of Phthalo Green and a small touch of black to the mixture. This beautiful green was used in ancient Egyptian paintings very purposefully since the color was intended to represent joy. The ancient Egyptian name for it was wahdj and the hieroglyphic representation for this color was 3 grains of sand underneath the symbol for green which in today’s terms looks a bit like a neck tie.
Malachite fell out of use for artists in the 18th century when cobalt green was developed which was more permanent but suffered from being a very weak color. This modern mixture of white with Pthalocyanine Green (Blue Shade) is an ideal replacement. While retaining great permanency, it has the color strength to make it useful for mixing. It is also a cleaner color which is regarded as an advantage since it is easy to add a touch of a complimentary color to make a color a little softer and less saturated, it is never possible to make a color that is already desaturated brighter.
Although there is no longer a religious or deeply cultural reason for people to associate this color with the concept of joy, most would still regard it as a bright color with a happy character. It is the sort of color associated with water on hot summer days, and swimming pools, or the color in a bikini, or in an oriental silk gown.
It is used to make a wide range of sea colors by mixing with Cobalt Turquoise, malachite by mixing with Phthalo Green, a bright grass green when mixed with Permanent Green Light and a lovely light yellow green when mixed with Nickel Titanate. Using Iridescent White to mix with Aqua Green Light makes a color that wouldn’t look out of place on a Chinese silk gown and it makes a delightful soft light green when mixed with Ash Pink. Aqua Green Light is versatile and very useful to the artist trying to work with greens.
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