Norwegian Rosaline Watercolor Paint, Half-Pan, ML

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Norwegian Rosaline Watercolor Paint, Half Pan

Greenleaf & Blueberry Professional Handmade Watercolors


Color Overview

 Color Name Norwegian Rosaline
Pigment Rosaline from Norway
Pigment Index No. N/A
Chemical Formula Ca₂Al₃(SiO₄)₃(OH)
Series No. Series 9
Lightfastness Rating 5/5 Very Lightfast
Toxicity 1/5 No Known Toxicity
Hue Red Category
Chroma 1/5 Low Chroma
Transparency 2/5 Transparent
Pigment Type Natural
Granulation Some
Value Range 1/5 Very Limited Range
Tinting Strength 1/5 Very Low Strength
Staining No Staining
Flocculation 3/5 
Variegation None


Combination Swatch  
Norwegian Rosaline
Gravity Wash Swatch

Norwegian Rosaline

Value Scale Swatch

Norwegian Rosaline

Color Description

Our Norwegian Rosaline displays a soft, cool pink hue.  Its characteristics are are somewhat similar to Brazilian Fuchsite. Moderately sized particles, limited value range, and weak tinting strength make this a shy, subtle color.  However, if used carefully its delicate hue is glorious.  

This color is is an excellent choice for rosy cheeks, delicate flowers, a pink tint on snow, etc. 

Each of the following swatches have been painted onto Arches Cold Pressed 140 lb. watercolor paper.

Color Story

Our Norwegian Rosaline is from Norway.  Also known as Thulite, it is a type of Zoisite.

Rosaline, also known as Thulite, is a pink variety of the mineral Zoisite, which is a member of the Epidote group, which is a member of the Silicates group.  It can be found in Italy, Austria, New Zealand, and the United States, as well as Norway.

Rosaline was first known to be found in Telemark, Norway in 1820 by Anders Gustaf Ekeberg, a Swedish chemist, and received the name Thulite after the mythical island of ultima Thule (believed by some to be Smøla, Norway).

The name Rosaline can likely be traced to such roots as the Old French lind, meaning soft or tender, and the Latin rosa meaning rose.

Rosaline is not a mineral known to be used historically, likely do to its rarity and relatively recent discovery.



Color behavior assessments and descriptions are of course somewhat subjective, your perception being determined by your watercoloring experience.  We offer this information with the intent of giving you an accurate idea of how a color will look and handle so that you can determine if it is a good fit for your palette and painting practice.


Combination Swatch:

This swatch demonstrates:

  • Opacity: Compare the two black lines, the top lines is drawn over the swatch and the bottom one is under the swatch.  The more the bottom line has disappeared, the more opaque the color.

  • Staining: The white line at the bottom of the swatch was lifted out.  The whiter the line, the less staining the color.

  • Value Range:  Color is painted from most concentrated (at left) to least concentrated at right.  The closer a color is to black at most concentrated, the wider its value range.  (All watercolors painted onto white paper can be diluted to complete transparency, or white.)


Gravity Wash Swatch:

You can see how the pigment particles have piled up on one another here, without much color around them.  This suggests a uniformity of pigment particle sizes that are moderate-sized.  You can surmise a weak tinting strength and limited value range.  However, while this pigment does not readily disperse, it does not flocculate either.

A Gravity Wash Swatch is made by pre-wetting the paper, then holding it vertically at an angle, and applying paint from left to right at the very top of the wetted area.  This swatch demonstrates:
  • Granulation: Granulation display is influenced both by pigment particle size and behavior determined by chemical composition.  Granulating colors are recognizable in Gravity Washes through their patterned and textured appearance.

  • Flocculation:  Flocculation is the tendency for a color's pigment particles to cling together or be attracted to one another.  Dispersion is the opposite.  A flocculating color is recognizable in a Gravity Wash by a "jellyfish" appearance with the downward movement of the pigment resembling tentacles, while a dispersing color more resembles a distant rainstorm, as is the case with French Red Ochre.

  • Variegation:  Variegation is the tendency for a color's pigment to express itself as more than one hue, usually as a result of a range of pigment particle sizes.  In a Gravity Wash, pigment particles have an opportunity to settle by size a bit, with the smaller particles getting carried further to the edges of where the color travels.  If you only notice one hue in a gravity wash, then it is likely not a variegating color.

  • Tinting Strength:  It can be difficult to determine tinting strength in controlled color swatches.  Because Gravity Washes are less controlled, you can get a more unvarnished look at a color, enabling you to assess characteristics you usually only catch glimpses of when painting.  Colors that appear very dark, intense, and that cover more of the wash area have a more intense tinting strength, while colors that appear more faint and taper out before reaching the bottom of the swatch have a weaker tinting strength.   We have rated French Red Ochre as moderate tinting strength (3/5), though it can be argued that it is closer to a 4.  

Value Scale Swatch:

This swatch is painted in layers, starting with the lightest/least concentrated, and letting each layer dry before the next more concentrated layer is added.  The leftmost and most concentrated layer is applied at a maximum concentration, which is generally not how watercolors are most often used, however this swatch is designed to display the full value range of a color.

This swatch demonstrates:

  • Value Range:  Value range is a colors range from darkest (most concentrated) to lightest (least concentrated/most diluted).  Value range is arguably one of the most important aspects of any watercolor.  This type of swatch allows you to hold up a magnifying glass to that characteristic.  


Our Pans

We work with standard white plastic Half-Pans.  They are therefore durable and lightweight.  They also fit into most metal bijoux boxes and watercolor travel boxes.

Size Measurements: 2cm x 1.7cm x 1cm

Half-Pans are a great choice for artists who are going for a minimalist approach and tend to seek all of their supplies in tiny lightweight versions and for artists who love to carry as many colors as possible while still managing space and weight.  They are also a nice way to try out a color that is new to you.


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Please be aware that every monitor and screen displays colors a little differently.  We have done our very best to show our colors as they appear in person and on paper.


**Please Note**: These colors are NOT intended for children. Half-Pans are small and therefore a choking hazard. Please use only as intended.

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