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Winsor & Newton Professional Cadmium vs Cadmium-Free Watercolour
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Watch this video from Winsor & Newton to see a demonstration of the parity between Winsor & Newton Professional watercolour Cadmium colours and Cadmium-Free colours.

Cadmium-Free Watercolours

Cadmium colours have been valued historically by artists for their opaque and brilliant colour. Van Gogh, Monet, and Mondrian all used cadmiums in their work. 

Thanks to Winsor & Newton, we now have exceptional-quality Cadmium-Free alternatives. Two of the colours are compared in the video above: red and yellow in both Cadmium and Cadmium-Free. 

Winsor & Newton's Cadmium-Free colours have been formulated to match the mass tone, lightfastness and brightness of the cadmiums; they also give the genuine cadmium experience of the original in the weight of the tube. Even when mixing colours, the quality is undiminished and remains comparable to the cadmium version. 

Finally, for those who wish to try Cadmium-Free watercolours, the AP symbol on the tube certifies that it is a safe material according to the independent experts at the ACMI.