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Spotlight on Colour: Phthalo Green

Green YellowThere are many green hues available in artists' colours and one of the main contributing pigments is Phthalo Green (PG7 and PG36). This green is capable of producing a vast range of useful colour mixtures from transparent subtle natural colours to strong opaque brilliant ones. For this reason it has become the most popular green in use by artists today.

Phthalo green was introduced in 1938 and is a synthetic organic from the group of phthalocyanine dyestuffs. It is a soft green powder insoluble in water, which poses no health hazards. Previous to its introduction, the only greens capable of equal brilliance were the original Emerald Greens which were opaque, more limited in their mixtures, harmful and much less permanent.

Though virtually all ranges include a pure Phthalo Green in some form, it is also the basis of many of the mixed greens in colour ranges. Examples include:

  • Permanent Green
  • Cadmium Green
  • Emerald Green
  • Chrome Green
  • Hookers Green
  • Sap Green

At Winsor & Newton, we have different names for our Phthalo greens. Since we began manufacturing this colour in the 1930s we have always called it Winsor Green in our Artist grade colour ranges.

In addition, phthalo green is available in two basic shades - the original blue shade (Pigment Green 7) and the newer yellow shade (Pigment Green 36) as can be seen in the products below.

Artists' Oil Colour Winsor Green    Artists' Oil Colour - Winsor Green (PG7) 

Artists' Oil Colour Winsor Green Yellow Shade 

 

Artists' Oil Colour - Winsor Green Yellow Shade (PG36) 

Winton Oil Colour Viridian Hue    Winton Oil Colour - Viridian Hue (PG7)
Artisan Phthalo Green Blue Shade   

Artisan - Phthalo Green (Blue Shade) (PG7)

Artisan Phthalo Green Yellow Shade    Artisan - Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) (PG36) 
Griffin Phthalo Green   

Griffin - Phthalo Green (PG7)

Griffin Phthalo Green Yellow Shade    Griffin - Phthalo Green (Yellow Shade) (PG36)
Artists' Oilbar Winsor Green    Artists' Oilbar - Winsor Green (PG7) 
Artists' Acrylic Phthalo Green Blue Shade   

Artists' Acrylic- Phthalo Green Blue Shade (PG7) 

Artists' Acrylic Phthalo Green Yellow Shade    Artists' Acrylic - Phthalo Green Yellow Shade (PG 36)
Galeria Phthalo Green   

Galeria - Phthalo Green (PG7) 

Artists' Water Colour Winsor Green Blue Shade    Artists' Water Colour - Winsor Green (Blue Shade) (PG7)
Artists' Water Colour Winsor Green Yellow Shade   

Artists' Water Colour - Winsor Green (Yellow Shade) (PG36)

Cotman Viridian Hue   

Cotman Water Colour - Viridian Hue (PG7)

Designers' Gouache Winsor Green    Designer's Gouache - Winsor Green (PG7)