Sunday, 18 June 2017

Lukas watercolours

Lukas it a German company founded in 1862. They make watercolours in half and full pans and large 24ml tubes. They also make some different sets. Paint information is difficult to find so even though I have only tried a little over half of this range, I've decided to post them up. The colour chart and information leaflet is from Jerry's Website and shows 70 colours and no longer includes the lovely Manganese blue.

Lukas Watercolours - Chinese White (not shown), Opaque White (not shown), Lemon Yellow (Primary), Aureolin Hue, Cadmium Yellow Lemon.

Lukas Watercolours - Cadmium Yellow Light (not shown), Permanent Yellow Light,  Gamboge, Indian Yellow (not shown), Naples Yellow (not shown).

Lukas Watercolours - Yellow Ochre Light, Permanent Yellow Deep, Cadmium Orange (not shown), Permanent Orange (not shown), Cadmium Red Light.
 I like PR255 as a warm red so would be interesting in trying the Cinnabar Red. Madder Lake Deep is made from another favourite crimson pigment - PR264.
Lukas Watercolours - Cinnabar Red (not shown), Permanent Red, Cadmium Red Deep, Lukas Red (not shown), Madder Lake Deep (not shown).
 It is a shame they use PR176 in many of their hues - it drops the lightfast rating in every colour it is added to.
Lukas Watercolours - Carmine Red (not shown),  Alizarin Crimson (not shown), Genuine Rose, Magenta (Primary), ruby Red (not shown).
 I am guessing that Purple would look like Quinacridone Violet in many ranges. Dioxazine Violet is very similar across brands - a powerful mid purple.
Lukas Watercolours - Purple (not shown), Dioxazine Violet (not shown), Cobalt Violet, Indanthrone Blue, Ultramarine Blue.

Lukas Watercolours - Ultrmarine Blue lIght, Cobalt Blue, Paris Blue (not shown), Prussian Blue (not shown), Cerulean Blue.

Lukas Watercolours - Phthalo Blue, Permanent Blue, Cyan (Primary), Prussian Green (not shown), Manganese Blue (discontinued).

Lukas Watercolours - Turquoise, Cobalt Turquoise, Indigo, Green Yellow, May Green (not shown).

Lukas Watercolours - Cinnabar Green Light (not shown), Sap Green, Permanent Green Yellowish (not shown), Permanent Green, Cobalt Green (not shown).

Lukas Watercolours - Phthalo Green, Viridian (not shown), Verona Green Earth, Oxide of Chromium, Olive Green.

Lukas Watercolours - Raw Sienna, Gold Ochre (not shown), Naples Yellow Reddish, Burnt Sienna, English Red Light.

Lukas Watercolours - English Red Deep (not shown), Caput Mortuum Deep (not shown), Burnt Green Earth, Burnt Umber (not shown), Van Dyck Brown (not shown).

Lukas Watercolours - Raw Umber, Sepia (not shown), Ivory Black (not shown), Payne's Grey (not shown), Neutral Tint (not shown), Gold (not shown).
There are many more to add of course, which I will do as I come across them. I have read that Lukas is a very affordable watercolour range available in Germany and from Jerry's in the US. Happy painting!

See also -
Blockx full range here
Daniel Smith new colours 2017 here
Daniel Smith full range here
MaimeriBlu full range here
Mijello Mission Gold full range here
Old Holland full range here
Schmincke new colours 2017 here 
Schmincke full range here
Winsor & Newton full range here



Da Vinci range here
Lukas range here
M.Graham range here
Rembrandt range here
Sennelier range here

I am still working on Hydrus, Daler Rowney, Holbein, QoR, Art Spectrum and ShenHan PWC, though will post up partial ranges of these brands as well.


4 comments:

  1. Thank you for this post (and all your hard work and swatches)!
    I want to add more artists' quality paints to my palette (so far W&N Winsor Yellow, Permanent Rose, Winsor Blue GS, Mijello Ultramarine Light, "Viridian") and definitely need a few earth colours. Do you think the Lukas Burnt Sienna and Raw Sienna (or Yellow Ochre Light) are good additions? (Especially the Burnt Sienna, because you seem so keen on a PBr7 version that mixes well with Ultramarine, and Lukas would be the most affordable choice in Germany).
    BTW, the Jerry's Artarama chart seems to be the English version of the chart found on Lukas' German homepage: http://www.lukas.eu/broschueren/

    Have a nice week!

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    1. Thank you for the link the the German website :-)
      I think the Burnt Sienna is a very nice version. Yellow ochre (made with a PY pigment) will usually mix more greenish greens than raw sienna (made with a PBr pigment) and it's a nice yellow ochre light. The Raw sienna would mix more greyish greens. English Red light (or deep though I haven't tried it) may also be a useful addition if you want an earth red. And if you are painting skies I'd add the Cerulean.

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    2. Thanks a lot!

      I think I'll settle for the Burnt and Raw Sienna for now. I have an English Red from White Nights, so no need there :)

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  2. I noticed that the Gamboge is PY153. Does it have the same hue as the discontinued Daniel Smith New Gamboge with PY153? Thanks for all your posts, they are beyond helpful!

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