Watercolors

You’re inspired by the world around you — so are our paints.

M. Graham watercolors are made with Northwest blackberry honey, recalling the practice of early artists who drew from nature for their materials as well as their subjects. This traditional base creates willing watercolors ready for your brush and yields even, fluid washes.

Honey also allows for stronger, truer colors. With a complete range of pleasing pigments — from delicate tints to dark, concentrated colors — you’ll discover more color possibilities with M. Graham watercolors.

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Bismuth Yellow 019
Hansa Yellow 107
Cadmium Yellow Light 070
Azo Yellow 018
Hansa Yellow Deep 106
Cadmium Yellow 060
Cadmium Yellow Deep 063
Gamboge 105
Indian Yellow 109
Azo Orange 017
Cadmium Orange 038
Scarlet Pyrrol 176
Quinacridone Red 155
Cadmium Red Light 050
Naphthol Red 120
Pyrrol Red 154
Cadmium Red 040
Cadmium Red Deep 045
Quinacridone Rose 156
Alizarin Crimson 010
Permanent Alizarin Crimson 129
Maroon Perylene 113
Ultramarine Pink 192
Quinacridone Violet 158
Mineral Violet 116
Cobalt Violet 099
Ultramarine Violet Deep 194
Dioxazine Purple 100
Ultramarine Violet 193
Ultramarine Blue 190
Cobalt Blue 090
Anthraquinone Blue 012
Cerulean Blue 080
Cerulean Blue Deep 081
Phthalocyanine Blue Red Shade 141
Prussian Blue 153
Phthalocyanine Blue 140
Manganese Blue Hue 114
Cobalt Teal 097
Turquoise 189
Phthalocyanine Green 150
Viridian 195
Phthalocyanine Green Yellow Shade 151
Cobalt Green 095
Permanent Green Light 130
Permanent Green Pale 131
Hooker’s Green 108
Sap Green 174
Olive Green 125
Azo Green 016
Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide 188
Yellow Ochre 200
Raw Sienna 160
Nickel Azo Yellow 123
Naples Yellow 121
Nickel Quinacridone Gold 124
Transparent Orange Iron Oxide 186
Quinacridone Rust 157
Transparent Red Iron Oxide 187
Burnt Sienna 020
Terra Rosa 179
Burnt Umber 030
Raw Umber 170
Sepia 178
Ivory Black 110
Lamp Black 112
Neutral Tint 122
Payne’s Gray 128
Chinese White 085
Titanium White Opaque 180

Technical Paint Info

Composition and Permanence
The color index name is established and published by the American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists and The Society of Dyers and Colourists. The color index name is a generic category and does not refer to a specific pigment. While it enables the artist to form a general idea of opacity, transparency and lightfastness, for a pigment in a certain color space, it does not provide definitive information. Many grades of pigment are available from a number of manufactures with a very wide range of physical attributes.

Chemical Name
The chemical name is a brief, commonly used generic type designation of the pigment types composition. in conjunction with the color index name, the chemical name can be used to broaden the artists understanding of the source and nature of the pigment used.

Permanence
The permanence of a color is a measure of the lightfastness of the pigment when dispersed in a vehicle and subjected to conditions which emulate the exposure normally given a fine arts object. Such ratings are generally considered vehicle or media dependent and can vary between media – thus pigment which is suitably lightfast for oil color, might not be lightfast in watercolor. Our ratings utilize a combination of historical data, accelerated testing and data from pigment manufacturers to establish one of the toughest standards among artists colormakers today.

Transparency and Opacity
Each of our colors has been provided a designation indicating relative degrees of transparency to opacity. Please consider these as a guideline because any thin film application, while not necessarily transparent, can be interpreted by the view as such.

Health and Safety
Our colors have been evaluated by a board-certified toxicologist in a manner consistent with current legislation and Consumer Product Safety Commission guidelines. Where needed, labels carry specific instructions on safe use and handling as well as information required by the State of California to comply with Proposition 65.

Artists’ colors are preparations of a variety of materials and when handled correctly should not represent a serious hazard to health based on our current knowledge. We do recommend artists use normal safe-handling care and practice when working with our or any manufacturers’ color, including not applying color to the skin, taking care not to ingest the product, not smoking/drinking or eating while working and carefully reading all labels for specific warnings. For more information please refer to our Safety Data Sheets or write to us at
M. Graham
PO Box 215
West Linn, OR  97068-0215

ASTM D4236
ASTM is a standard practice for labeling art materials for chronic health hazards. A statement of conformity to this standard appears on each of our labels to assure the artist that our formulations have been independently reviewed by a certified toxicologist and that required cautions and warnings are in place for the artists’ guidance.

Children
Our colors are professional products not intended for use by children under thirteen.

Why Honey

Artists’ use of honey in watercolors can be traced back centuries. Today, modern watercolorists are rediscovering the many advantages of honey-based paints. Thanks to honey’s natural properties, we can avoid artificial humectants and preservatives in our paints, instead infusing more color. Honey’s viscosity offers artists a smooth, easy application. And, because of honey, our watercolors dilute easily—even after months of disuse—and resist hardening on the palette or in the tube.

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Graham colors are worthy of Da Vinci—but made for you.

Every choice we make—from using the purest, traditional ingredients to taking the time to custom mill each pigment—is in service to one goal: creating rich, vibrant colors to excite and enhance your work. Because of our choices, no other paint offers you the same level of pigment as ours.

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