Are Mission Gold Watercolors worth the price?

Are Mission Gold Watercolors too strong?

Yes!  Because of the intensity in color, a little pigment goes a long way.  The broad spectrums of color that can be achieved by diluting each pigment at different ratios make it economical.  And because Mission Gold Watercolors are formulated without gummy thickening agents that can darken and dry out over time, colors have a longer shelf life in the tube and can easily be lifted from even dried palettes.

We are presented with this question often from artists who have tried Mission Gold Watercolor.  Because each color is formulated from heavily concentrated pigments, the result is intense color that is as close to 100% saturation as possible.   This feature allows artists a broader spectrum of color as it can be diluted to the desired intensity. Brands that lack this saturation straight from the tube can never achieve the full strength of color found in Mission Gold.


How do Mission Gold Watercolors replace gouache?

What binder(s) is/are used in Mission Gold Watercolors?

Watercolors that lack in pigment quickly fade out when mixed with white.  The densely concentrated pigments of Mission Gold Watercolor will even stand up to Titanium White providing the artist with the opacity of gouache and tempera without sacrificing intensity.  This application is ideal for designers because they can create multidimensional effects with an unlimited palette that provide the needed coverage.

Mission Gold uses not one but seven different natural, water-soluble agents to emulsify the pigments.  Among them are honey, guar gum from the guar bean, gum Arabic from the acai tree, and sorbitol which is found primarily in corn syrup and fruits such as apples and peaches.  These binders are commonly used in food preparation and preservation therefore nontoxic.

How do you use the Bluish and Yellowish Pearl colors?

What are differences between Bright colors and Compose colors?

Mission Gold offers two pearl colors, Bluish and Yellowish that can be used alone, mixed with other colors, or applied on top of painted areas.  These unique and semi-transparent colors add shimmer and are ideal for highlights.

Bright colors are very intense and while suitable for design work, have a lower lightfast rating than their counterparts. Compose colors while similar in shade possess a calmer, subdued tone. With excellent lightfastness, compose colors are more desirable for professional watercolor painting.

How can we find out information regarding lightfastness rating on Mission Gold Watercolor?

The lightfast rating of each color is specified on the tube as well as each Mission Gold Color chart. Mission Gold employs star symbols to indicate this rating with one (1) star for colors with the least lightfastness and increasing incrementally to five (5) stars for those with the highest rating.

 Extremely LightfastGood LightfastLightfastLimited LightfastLess Lightfast★★★★★★★★★★★★★★

Which colors are transparent? Which will stain?

Mission Gold watercolors have various degrees of transparency and staining capacities to satisfy each artist’s unique painting method.


Transparency to opacity is indicated by square symbols on each tube. Empty squares specify those colors found to be the most transparent while a black square designates the most opaque colors.  In the midst of this range are translucent colors followed by frosted colors. This information can be found on any Mission Gold color chart.


For artists desiring colors that have minimal lift for staining applications, a triangular symbol is used. Test results from our laboratories have grouped all colors into three categories: staining, semi-staining, and non-staining. A white triangle indicates the least staining while a black triangle specifies colors that stain and have minimal lift.

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