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Permanent Colors

This is a list of "permanent colors" and "non-permanent colors" (meaning that their characteristics tend to fade with time).

You should learn the permanence of your colors as soon as possible.

Today's manufacturers have overcome many defects in both the mixing and the lasting qualities of paints, and many colors that for years were listed as non-permanent or doubtful have either been eliminated or, through modern methods, made permanent.

Here is a list of colors that most color manufacturers consider permanent (these apply to all media):

  • All of the Cadmium colors
  • All of the Mars colors
  • All of the Ultramarines Alizarin Crimson
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Burnt Umber
  • Chromium of Oxide
  • Green Cobalt Blue
  • Light and Deep Cobalt Violet
  • Manganese Violet
  • Indian Red
  • Venetian Red
  • Manganese Blue
  • Prussian Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Ivory
  • Black Lamp Black
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Light Red (English Red)
  • Permanent Green
  • Light and
  • Deep Raw Sienna
  • Raw Umber
  • Terra Verte(Green Earth)
  • Thalo Blue
  • Thalo Green
  • Viridian Yellow
  • Ochre,
  • Light and Deep Titanium
  • White Zinc
  • White Zinc Yellow

This is a list of colors that are non-permanent or doubtful:

All of the Chrome colors

  • Madder Lake
  • Mauve
  • Turquoise
  • Geranium Lake
  • Magenta
  • Scarlet Lake
  • Carmine

Done with the list of permanent colors? Click here to go to the main color theory page.

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