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Acrylic Paint Color Names

Oil and water color paints have been used by artists for hundreds of years. Oil paint has the advantages of high color intensity, opacity and long drying time. But oil paints are expensive and clean up is difficult. requiring toxic chemicals. Water color paints have the advantages of being low cost, easy to use, and easy to clean up. But water color paints can fade if kept in bright light, and some artists can't deal with it's transparency.

Acrylic paints have the advantage of low cost relative to oil paints and yet still have high color intensity and opacity. They can be made transparent like water paint, and they can be cleaned up with water, and yet are water resistant when dry. The disadvantage of acrylic paint is it's fast drying time doesn't give the artist much time to make modifications or fix errors.

For these reasons many artists have found acrylic paint to be their medium of choice. There are a huge number of different acrylic paint colors available. There is no standard for color names, each brand has its own system of paint color names. This can be vedry confusing.

Grumbacher is an American company that has been setting the highest standards for quality artist materials since since 1905. Grumbacher was acquired by Chartpak, Inc. in 2006 and they are committed to adhering to the high quality standards set by Grumbacher. Therefore, about the closest thing we have to a color name standard are the color names used by the Grumbacher company, which are presented below.

Alizarin Crimson
Burnt Sienna
Burnt Umber
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Red Deep Hue
Cadmium Red Light
Cadmium Red Medium Hue
Cadmium Yellow Deep Hue
Cadmium Yellow Light
Cadmium Yellow Medium Hue
Cerulean Blue Hue
Cobalt Blue Hue
Deep Violet
Dioxazine Purple
Grumbacher Red
Hooker's Green Hue
Iridescent White
Ivory Black
Lamp Black
Lemon Yellow
Mars Black
Mars Black Hue
Mixing White
Naples Yellow
Neutral Gray
Pale Pink
Payne's Gray
Permanent Blue Light
Permanent Green Light
Process Cyan
Process Magenta
Process Yellow
Prussian Blue
Raw Sienna
Raw Umber
Sap Green
Thalo Blue
Thalo Gold
Thalo Green Blue Shade
Thalo Silver
Thalo Yellow Green
Thalo Violet
Titanium White
Turquoise Green
Ultramarine Blue
Unbleached Titanium White
Vermillion
Warm Gray
Yellow Ochre Hue

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