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Naples Yellow HUE WTW is up with that Color

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By: TheArtSherpa
Posted in: Acrylic April
Naples Yellow HUE WTW is up with that Color

For Acrylic April

I use the same brushes, canvas size and colors every year.

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The color that is hard for most people to find is Naples Yellow light sometimes Called Titanate Yellow or Even Nickel Titanate Yellow 

That can be frustrating for the new artist. What you may not know is outside of the voluntary ATSM there are no standards in art materials. 

So on a tube of paint there are bit of info. Color info , safety info and lightfast info. Reading the tube is important but when you are new its hard.


Nickel Titanium Yellow ( PY 53 ) is opaque and has a low tinting strength. Because  it's not overpowering, it can be controlled easily.


Titanate serves as a substitute for lemon yellow which is the traditional cool yellow

Some companies make a hue that is Very close they call Naples yellow light- That is what I am using in my Sennelier paint- Naples Yellow light. 


This is the green Bias Yellow

By far this is my absolute favorite cool yellow. There are other cool yellows that you're going to be able to use if for some reason this is hard to find. However, if you can find it, it is one of my favorite colors in my personal paint box.

But here's the problem. The problem is the name on this package of paint. There are two colors, very different from each other, that the art world likes to call Naples Yellow. One is a light yellow green, and is in fact Nickel Titanate Yellow. I went out and found every acrylic paint company that carries the correct green yellow, regardless of what they named it.

The other companies make the orange yellow that they consider to be Naples.

The one on the LEFT is correct. The one on the Right is not a cool yellow.


You can Substitute ANY of these Cool (green) Bias Yellows , Pick one -

  • Hansa Yellow light
  • Cadmium Yellow Light
  • Cadmium Yellow Pale Hue
  • Lemon Yellow
  • Bismuth Vanadate
  • Yellow Azo Light
  • Benzimidazolone Yellow Light
Below are a list of paint companies that carry this exact color or a suitable Hue . This is the hardest color to find, so feel free to use a substitute with what you have from the colors listed below these paints:

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  • Arcylique by Sennelier Called Naples Yellow Light
  • Holbein Acrylic Called Naples Yellow 
  • Abstract acrylic paint by Sennelier Naples yellow light
  • Amsterdam Acrylic paint made by Royal Talens
  • Old Holland New Masters Classic Acrylic 
  • Matisse Structure Acrylic - titanate yellow 
  • (also called Naples Yellow light  in this line of paint)
  • DALER ROWNEY : CRYLA ACRYLIC PAINT- nickle titanate yellow 
  • Golden Heavy Body Artist Acrylics- Titanate Yellow
  • Pébéo Studio Fine Acrylic Naples Yellow Hue 100 ml
  • Cranfield Acrylics- Primrose Yellow is like  Py53
  • AV Vallejo Acrylic -Titanium Yellow IS like  py53
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Tip by Kathy Alexander ‎ : For those using American Paint (DecoArt). I found if you mix 2 parts Butter to 1 part Moon Yellow you can achieve something similar to PY 53 Titanate Yellow



NEED more info about the YELLOW ??  

HERE are some more yellow names that may be the color SEE why it gets to be so complicated for teachers to relay what color you are looking for.

PY53 is a strange special color 


Nickel Antimony Titanium Yellow Rutile

Antimony Nickel Titanium Oxide Yellow;

C.I. Pigment Yellow 53;

Juane Citron;

Lemon Yellow [EP.p |   w . wp .];

Lemon Yellow Hue [ WN . o ];

Lemon Yellow (Nickel Titanate} [ WN . w . w ];

Meteor® Bright Yellow 8320;

Naples Yellow (hue) [ LA .a |   MA.p ];

Naples yellow Light (hue) [ KA . o ];

Naples Yellow Light (imitation) [ KA . o . p ];

Nickel Antimony Titanate;

Nickel Antimony Titanium Yellow Rutile;

Nickel Rutile Yellow;

Nickel Titanate;

Nickel Titanate Yellow [GEN | DR . w   |   DS .a d . o . w   |   DV . w   |   GR . wo   |   GU.pd   |   MA . o . o(artis) . p . w   |   RT . a ];

Nickel Titanium [   OH . a . o . w   ];

Nickel Titanium Oxide;

Nickel Titanium Yellow [KP.p |   OH . a . o . w   | SI.p |   WN d ];

Nickel Yellow [GEN |   BX.o   |   CAS.k   |   KA . o . p   |   SE . o . p   |   WL . o . p ];

Nickle Yellow Titanium [ SCH . p ];

Nickel Yellow Titanium Rutile;

Pigment Yellow 53;

Praseodym Titanium Yellow;

Shepherd Yellow;

Sunflower Yellow;

Titanate Yellow [ GO . a . af . ag ];

Titanium Nickel Yellow [ MA .o(artis). p ];

Titanium Yellow [ GO .a | RGH.o.p |   SCH . w ];

Vasari Yellow [ MA.o(Ren) ];

Vesuvius Yellow [ MA.o(Med) ];