Primary Yellow | Matisse Acrylic Paint

Chemical Description: Arylide yellow, trace Titanium dioxide

Pigment Number: PY3 PY74 PW6

Lightfastness Rating: ASTM II

Pigment Opacity: Semi-transparent

Paint Opacity: Semi-transparent

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Primary Yellow | Matisse Acrylic Paint

The Power of Primary Colours


In the realm of colour theory, any shade is achievable by combining a set of "theoretical" primaries. However, practical colour mixing introduces complexities. While an extensive array of colours can be created using three primaries, achieving the full spectrum of intensities for every tone of each hue is not always feasible. This is why various specialty colours exist within the broader spectrum, allowing artists to select hues that better align with their creative vision.


Unveiling the Basics


Before delving into specific colour choices, it's enlightening to acknowledge the significance of restricting oneself to just three primary colours. This limitation serves as a foundational exploration in the world of colour mixing theory, guiding artists to understand the core principles that underpin their craft.


The Value of Primary Colours


These foundational hues hold exceptional value for anyone eager to grasp the essentials of colour mixing. While individual pigments may not precisely match the spectrum primary, renowned artists like Matisse have skilfully blended yellows to attain the desired hue. Picture a vibrant and pure yellow with remarkable versatility—capable of seamlessly blending into warm, deep orange yellows or transitioning to cool, bright lemon yellows. This palette is a catalyst, awakening the inner Seurat in each of us, unlocking creative possibilities across a spectrum of shades.

Safety Data Sheet for Matisse Primary Yellow (SDS)

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Primary Yellow is available in Matisse Structure, Matisse Flow

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