nova color / single pigment paints

nova color acrylic paint / single pigment colors

 


Nova Color
total colors in brand line 56
single pigment colors in brand line 33 (59%)
Cadmiums not included
  4oz (118ml), 16oz (473ml), 32oz (946ml)
hue pigment number handprint
lightfastness test results

pigment; common name; lightfast comments; normal qualities color name
(marketing)
opacity ASTM
(of pigment itself, not claims by Nova)
cents per ml / cost
    PR254 6,7,8 diketo-pyrrolo pyrrole red; pyrrol red / permanent red; mix of quinacridone rose PV19 + naphthol scarlet PR188; cadmium substitute;(fades, hue shift toward blue); Ferrari red pyrrole red T I .048/5.75
.028/13.25
.024/23.00
    PR101 7,8   calcinated synthetic red iron oxide; venetian red, indian red, burnt sienna, anything mars, other names: dull earth orange, earth red or brown; lightfast by brand; exists in almost any shade of yellow, orange, red and violet brown to green brown transparent red iron oxide T I .061/7.25
.036/17.50
.033/31.51
venetian / iron oxide red O I .041/4.95
.024/11.50
.020/19.50
mars / iron oxide violet O I .038/4.50
.021/10.00
.017/17.00
    PO73 7,8 diketo-pyrrolo pyrrole orange; strong recommendation for versatility, higher chroma and tinting strength than PO36; excellent lightfastness (fades in tints); cadmium substitute organic orange S I .065/7.75
.040/19.25
.036/34.50
  earth orange PBr71 8,8   1calcinated natural iron oxide; burnt sienna; to get the optimal transparency and chroma, some companies opt for synthetic iron oxides, listed as burnt sienna or transparent red iron oxide under PR101. burnt sienna O I .031/3.75
.017/8.50
.015/14.50
    PBr72 8,8   2natural iron manganese oxide; raw umber; hue ranges by brand raw umber dark O I .031/3.75
.017/8.50
.015/14.50
    PBr73 8,8   3calcinated natural iron manganese oxide; burnt umber; hue ranges by brand burnt umber O I .031/3.75
.017/8.50
.015/14.50
    N/A (Y42) ?   iron oxide (organic); no handpring entry; light brown to dull light reddish yellow; lightfast according to artiscreation transparent yellow iron oxide T I .057/6.75
.034/16.50
.030/29.00
    PY42 8,8   synthetic yellow iron oxide; yellow ochre; same hue as benzimida orange (PO62) at lower chroma; weaker tinting strength than PY43; varies in color yellow ochre / iron oxide O I .031/3.75
.017/8.50
.015/14.50
    PY83 7,8   diarylide yellow HR; yellow deep; lightly less orange than nickel dioxine yellow PY153; (slight darkening in masstone); O, S and T forms indian yellow (azo yellow orange) T I .038/4.50
.021/10.00
.017/17.00
    PY74 ?   diarylide yellow HR; hansa yellow medium; no handprint lightfast test, moderate lighfastness (artiscreation II), light fastness is better in opaque; lightly less orange than PY153; good primary yellow for color mixing azo yellow medium T I .041/4.95
.023/11.25
.020/19.00
  green yellow PY3 5,6,7,8   arylide yellow 10G; hansa yellow light, lemon yellow; lightfast by brand, alternative is PY175; artiscreation I-II (darkens, fades, shifts to brown); PY97 and PY154 are more lightfast; primary yellow for shifting toward green hansa yellow light T II .041/4.95
.023/11.25
.020/19.00
    PY184 6,7,8   bismuth vanadate; bismuth yellow; lightfast by brand (darkens), very good tinting strength; used as a substitute for cad yellow bismuth yellow S I .050/5.95
.030/14.25
.026/25.00
    PY194 ? benzimidazolone yellow; no handprint entry; lightfast II on artiscreation; bright green yellow arylide yellow T I .059/7.00
.036/17.25
.032/30.50
    PG17 8,8   anhydrous chromium sesquioxide; chromium oxide green; reproduce the same color and powdery pigment texture with a mixture of cobalt blue (PB28) or reddish cerulean blue (PB35) and a transparent yellow iron oxide (PY42); was ink on US currency; dull yellowish green to mid-green chromium oxide green O I .041/4.95
.024/11.50
.020/19.50
  green PG36 7,8 chlorobrominated copper phthalocyanine; many names / phthalo green; convenience green paints made with it can be far less lightfast if the yellow or orange pigment is not equally durable. Hue is very close to the psychological unique green; maximum chroma when moderately diluted; strong tint strength phthalo green YS T I .048/5.75
.028/13.25
.024/23.00
  blue green PG7 7,8 chlorinated copper phthalocyanine; phthalo green (BS); twin to the yellow shade of phthalocyanine green (PG36) and cousin to the phthalo blues (PB15), like them, its tinting strength is very high; convenience green paints made with it can be far less lightfast if the yellow or orange pigment is not equally durable; maximum chroma when moderately diluted; fillers help control unusually strong color; (darkens, dulls) phthalo green T I .038/4.50
.021/10.25
.018/17.50
    PB15:31 8,8 1beta copper phthalocyanine; phthalo blue GS; powerful tint strength phthalo blue GS (115-D) T I .038/4.50
.021/10.00
.017/17.00
  blue PB152 6,7,8 PB15:1 alpha copper phthalocyanine; phthalo blue RS
PB15:6 epsilon copper phthalocyanine; phthalo blue RS
2PB15 differs significantly across manufacturers, primarily in hue; powerful tint strength, maximum chroma when moderately diluted; mixed with PG7 to produce turquoise convenience mixtures
phthalo blue RS T I .038/4.50
.021/10.00
.017/17.00
    PB28 7,8   cobalt aluminium oxide; cobalt blue; color and texture can be approximated by ultramarine (PB29) mixed with a small amount of phthalo blue (PB15:3); (whitens); cobalt blue O I .101/12.00
.064/30.50
.060/57.00
  violet blue PB29 7,8   sodium aluminum sulfosilicate; ultramarine blue; color match for the historical pigment lapis lazuli; avoid mixing with chrome yellow ultramarine blue S I .031/3.75
.017/8.50
.015/14.50
  blue violet PB60 7,8 indanthrone [aminoanthraquinone + potassium hydroxide]; indanthrone blue; (fades, dulls); artiscreation I indanthrone blue T I .074/8.75
.047/22.25
.043/41.25
    PV23 5,6,7,8   dioxazine violet; dioxazine purple; dull violet; reckless to use it in significant works without doing own lightfastness tests (fades); very close in hue, saturation and value to PB60; ASTM gives light fastness ratings for the RS of dioxazine as fair III and the BS as poor IV; use instead PV55 carbazole dioxazine violet T II .059/7.00
.036/17.25
.032/30.50
    PV55 ?   organic dimetho(cloro)xy-quinacridone; quinacridone purple; said to be closer to carbazole violet (PV23) than PV19 and PV29; no handprint entry; lightfast of 7,8 by Sun Chemical quinacridone violet T I .063/7.50
.039/18.50
.034/33.00
    PR122 7,8 quinacridone magenta; quinacridone magenta; possible lightfast issues according to ASTM (dulls slightly, hue shift towards light mid red). artist paints T, but some may use O quinacridone magenta T I .059/7.00
.036/17.25
.032/30.50
    PV191 8,8 1beta quinacridone, quinacridone violet, permanent magenta; (dulls, fades, shifts to blue) quinacridone purple T I .044/5.25
.025/12.25
.022/21.00
  deep red PV192 6,7,8 2gamma quinacridone, quinacridone red/rose, quinacridone/permanent rose; (dulls, fades, shifts to blue) quinacridone red T I .052/6.25
.032/15.25
.028/27.00
    PR1701 6,7   1naphthol AS carbamide F3RK; caution, marginally lightfast (fades); not good for mixtures, PR254 or PR179 more reliable; strong hue for nonrepresentational, colorist styles; more opaque versions are more lightfast naphthol crimson (F3RK!) T I .040/4.75
.022/10.75
.019/18.00
    PBk7 8,8   carbon black mixed with lamp black; carbon black, lamp black; deep black with brown undertone carbon black O I .028/3.35
.015/7.50
.013/12.50
    PBk9 8,8   soot from burned animal bone; ivory black; brownish black bone / ivory black O I .028/3.35
.015/7.50
.013/12.50
    PBk11 8,8   ferrosoferric oxide; lunar black, mars black; bluish gray to black iron oxide / mars black O I .033/3.90
.019/9.00
.016/15.50
    PW6 6,7,8   titanium dioxide; titanium white; slightly brighter, cleaner white than chinese white; purest white titanium white O I .033/3.95
.019/9.00
.016/15.50
    PW21 ?   synthetic barium sulfate; barium saulfate; not included in handprint; filler, extender, to improve handling, increase opacity; use protective gloves; reacts violently with aluminium powder; artiscreation I (in several paints)      
            Nova
          Single Pigments / Total Paint Colors (not including specialty) 33 / 56 (59%)
4oz (118ml), 16oz (473ml), 32oz (946ml), (3700ml) gallon, (18500ml) 5-gallon

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Notes

Nova Color is marketed by brand color name, and does not include the pigment type on the label. Knowing the pigment of an acrylic paint can be useful when mixing paints and determining lightfastness. So I requested the pigment information from the manufacturer, Artex. This chart matches the marketing name of the color with its constituent single pigment composition and coresponding pigment notes. Not all acrylic colors are included — just the single pigment formulas. Out of the 56 traditional colors, 33 colors are single pigment (cadmiums are not included). The remainder, presumably, are convenience mixtures. A more comprehesive acrylic paint brand comparison of many acrylic paint brands can be found in the brand comparison chart.

last modified March 16, 2019