Burnt Sienna

Burnt Sienna is a Series 1 semi-transparent color. It has a masstone of deep reddish brown, with a reddish brown undertone. This semi-transparent pigment which from the present deposit is more neutral than the original deposit near Siena. Synthetic trans red oxide is closer to the old color. This color is available in 80ml, 250ml, 500ml and 1 litre sizes.

Color Detail



Blended with Titanium White

Washed with water

Color Comparisons

Brown Madder / Transparent Red Oxide / Burnt Sienna

When looking at the masstone these colours look somewhat similar but when seen in tints with white and when used as a glaze these three colours are quite distinctly different and in fact Permanent Brown Madder turns out to be a red rather than a brown. Transparent Red Oxide although described as a red is actually a transparent brown and Burnt Sienna, as it is these days, based on pigment deposits which are not as bright as the original colour which used to come from a deposit near the town of Sienna is somewhat more neutral and dull than the Transparent Red Oxide, which although it is a synthetically produced pigment, is colouristically similar to the original Sienna colour.

Burnt Sienna

Transparent Red Oxide

Permanent Brown Madder

Burnt Sienna

Transparent Red Oxide

Permanent Brown Madder

Color Information

  • Chemical Description: Natural Inorganic
  • Pigment Type: Calcined Natural Iron Oxide
  • Lightfastness: 1
  • Permanency: Excellent
  • Pigment Strength: Medium
  • Colour Index Name: PBr 7
  • Opacity or Transparency: Semi-transparent

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