How to Make Quinacridone Magenta

Making Quinacridone Magenta paint is not as hard as it seems. All you need is some quinacridone red, white and black paints, an empty jar with a lid, and some acetone. This blog post will teach you how to make Quinacridone Magenta from scratch and provide the best safety precautions for making this pigment. The first step of creating Quinacridone Magenta involves having an oil-based paint or resin on hand.

You can then mix it with either Naphthol Red (a red hue) or Permanent Yellow (to create green). The second step is combining these two components and adding Quinacridone Violet to the mixture, creating Quinacridone Magenta. The third and final step would be adding some Zinc White to your newly created color, resulting in a deep magenta color.

How to Make Quinacridone Magenta

Materials and Supplies You’ll Need:

  • Quinacridone Magenta pigment
  • Naphthol Red
  • Permanent Yellow Light
  • Titanium White
  • Disposal jars
  • Plate for mixing up colors
  • Paper towels

Step by Step Guide: How to Make Quinacridone Magenta

Step by Step Guide to Make Quinacridone Magenta

Step-by-step guide on how to make quinacridone magenta.

Step 1: Dissolve Quinacridone Magenta Pigment into Acetone

Add 1 gram Quinacridone Magenta pigment to 10 ml acetone in a small glass jar. Close the lid and shake thoroughly for 30 seconds. The solution should be very dark red. If it is not, repeat the process until desired results are achieved.

Step 2: Add Sodium Sulfite or Sodium Metabisulfite

You should add a tiny amount of Sodium Sulfite or Sodium Metabisulfite powder to your pigment-acetone solution. For example, if you have 1 gram of Quinacridone Magenta pigment, you should use no more than 0.5 grams of either sodium sulfite or sodium metabisulfite. If you use too much, the color might change from red to blue. Stir the powder into the solution until it is mixed in well.

Step 3: Add Distilled Water slowly

Slowly add distilled water to the pigment-acetone-sodium sulfite solution, one drop at a time, until the desired color density is achieved. Quinacridone Magenta can become very watery, so be careful. If it is too fluid to handle without spilling, pour the solution into a small glass jar and let it settle before continuing. Again, if desired results are not achieved at first, then repeat the process until they are attained.

Step 4: Filter Solution

Pour the Quinacridone Magenta solution into a jar filter funnel and let it drain into another small glass jar or directly onto a palette for use. The pigment will remain on top and can be drawn out of the jar with either a pallet knife for larger quantities or a paintbrush to work with smaller amounts on paper, canvas, etc.

Step 5: Cleanup

Pour the remaining solution into a jar filter funnel and let it drain into another small glass jar or directly onto a palette for use. Clean all tools used carefully with acetone to remove pigment residue before starting the subsequent batches of Quinacridone Magenta. All contaminated jars, palettes, etc., should be cleaned with soap and water after use.

Quinacridone Magenta pigment is now ready for painting, writing, or drawing applications on paper, canvas, etc. If desired, the color can be further diluted with distilled water and applied using a brush or another appropriate tool.

Some Tips and Tricks:

Wear Eye Protection

1. Only the color chemicals are required, but you will also need a solvent for best results. For example, toluene is good because it evaporates quickly and is cheap.  Xylene is an acceptable substitute, but this process won’t work as well with other solvents that take longer to evaporate.

2. You’ll need an eyedropper for this process.

3. Wear gloves, eye protection, and a respirator or mask to prevent breathing in the vapors of the chemicals.  

4. Quinacridone Magenta is highly flammable and should not be stored near heat or open flame.  Keep it in a safe place, out of the way.

5. Quinacridone Magenta is toxic and can cause severe reactions if ingested or absorbed through the skin.  Clean up carefully with soap and water to prevent any contamination of your home environment.

6. This process must be done outdoors or in a well-ventilated workspace.

7. Quinacridone Magenta takes anywhere from five to twenty days to fully dry, depending on the humidity and other factors.  Expect the drying process to take longer if you use a different solvent or mixing ratio than what is listed here.

Where Can You Use Quinacridone Magenta Color?

Quinacridone Magenta is a strong red-violet or pinkish purple pigment that comes from the family of quinacridones. Its appearance can range from bright pink to muted raspberry, depending on how it is formulated into the paint.

It has a very high heat resistance, which means it is excellent for painting things like metal and glass where the temperature may become very hot. It is also interesting that it can go from opaque to transparent when thinned down with water or glaze.

Why Should You Use Quinacridone Magenta?

Why Should You Use Quinacridone Magenta

Quinacridone Magenta is a bright red pigment. It’s commonly listed under the name PR122, and it’s made from Quinacridone. Quinacridone is an organic compound, like Carbon Black or Phthalo Blue, but quinacridones don’t behave like pigments made from carbon or metal.

Instead, Quinacridone is made by certain heating molecules, which creates an entire class of organic pigments called condensed-ring aromatic hydrocarbons.

Quinacridones are unique because they can be considered either transparent or opaque due to their ability to create almost any color within the visible spectrum by adding a different combination of other pigments. For this reason, they’re loved by artists who work in any medium that uses water-mixable oils as a binder, including oil paint, gouache paints, and watercolor paints.


To make quinacridone magenta, you will need to mix aniline hydrochloride and phenol. After mixing these two substances with water, the mixture must be heated until it becomes a paste-like substance. As a result, quinacridone magenta is not as lightfast or stable as other pigments like alizarin crimson or cobalt blue.

However, this pigment has excellent tinting strength, which means that one can use it in small quantities for many different paint colors. It also has excellent hiding power, meaning that any mistakes on your painting are unlikely to show up if you choose to do so.

This particular color may seem difficult to reproduce, but you will quickly know how to make quinacridone magenta by following the instructions listed above. If you have any questions, feel free to comment below!

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