Monday 10 June 2019

American Journey Watercolours full range

American Journey watercolours are the Cheap Joe's home brand, available only through their website. They are available in 15 and 37ml tubes with a couple in 8ml tubes and some sets.

They started with a range of 49 colours which grew to 112 plus a range of 15 iridescent colours, but it has been cut back and is currently 113 including 11 iridescent colours, which are all included here. Some names have changed in the latest range, and are noted below.

These are lovely paints that rewet with ease. There are some whimsical names! As always I have tried to get the colours as close as I can. I've used a mix of photos and scans to try to capture the oranges and bright rose colours which are always a challenge.

Sour Lemon Hansa is a good choice for a clean mixing cool yellow.
American Journey Watercolours - Titanium White, Chinese White, Buff Titanium, Sour Lemon Hansa,
Aureolin (Mixture)

Bumblebee Yellow is my favourite mid or primary yellow pigment.
American Journey Watercolours - Bumblebee Yellow (Arylide), Carr Yellow, Joe's Yellow, 
Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium.

American Journey Watercolours - New Gamboge (was Gamboge Hue), Indian Yellow, Naples Yellow, 
Apricot (Flesh), Peachy Keen.

American Journey Watercolours - Halloween Orange, Cadmium Orange, Cadmium Scarlet, Poppy,
Red Hot Mamma (Perm Red)

American Journey Watercolours - Cadmium Red Medium, Fire Engine Red (was Cherry Red), Joe's Red, 
Coral Red (Quin), Alizarin Crimson (Quin).

American Journey Watercolours - Quinacridone Red (was Pomegranate), Quin Red Rose Deep (was Rambling Rose),
Permanent Rose (Quin), Rose Madder (Quin), Rich Opera (was Wild Fuchsia).

American Journey Watercolours - Taylor's Flamingo Pink (Quin), Quinacridone Fuchsia, Janet's Violet Rose, 
Cobalt Violet, Passionate Purple (Thio Violet).

American Journey Watercolours - Quinacridone Violet, Orchid, Permanent Magenta (Quin), 
Royal Amethyst (Dioxazine), Ultramarine Violet.

American Journey Watercolours - Shadow, Moonglow, Periwinkle, Indanthrone Blue (was Midnight Blue), 
Ultramarine Blue.

American Journey Watercolours - Cobalt Blue, Cerulean Blue (Genuine), Indigo, Prussian Blue,
Prussian Blue (Green Shade)

American Journey Watercolours - Joe's Blue (Phthalo), Cerulean Blue Hue (was Arctic Ice), Manganese Blue (Mixture), 
Sky Blue, Peacock Blue.

American Journey Watercolours - Cobalt Teal, June Bug (Greenish Blue), Andrew's Turquoise, Blue Stone,
Joe's Green (Phthalo).

American Journey Watercolours - Viridian, Mint Julip, Hooker's Green Dark, Cobalt Green (Genuine),
Hooker's Green Light.

American Journey Watercolours - Chromium Oxide Green (was Rainforest), Sap Green, Olive Green, 
Earthen Green, Spring Green.

American Journey Watercolours - Skip's Green (Thio Yellow Green), Green Gold, Natural Gold Ochre, Yellow Ochre,
Transparent Oxide Yellow.

American Journey Watercolours - Raw Umber, Quin Gold (was Harvest Wheat), Raw Sienna, Brown Ochre Goethite,
Quinacridone Gold Deep.

American Journey Watercolours - Quinacridone Burnt Orange (was Copper Kettle), Burnt Sienna, Transparent Oxide Red, Quinacridone Sienna (Old Sienna), Natural Red Ochre.

American Journey Watercolours - Indian Red, Brown Madder Quinacridone,
Quinacridone Burnt Scarlet (was Lucky Penny), Hematite Burnt Scarlet, Raw Umber Violet.

American Journey Watercolours - Mummy, Burnt Umber, Transparent Oxide Brown, Sepia, Pat's Coastal Blue.

American Journey Watercolours - Coastal Fog, Getz Gray (Davy's), French Grey, Neutral Tint, Payne's Gray.

I didn't see Sag Harbor Gray in the newest colour chart, so assume it has been discontinued.
American Journey Watercolours - Magnetite Genuine, Lamp Black,
Sap Harbour Grey (discontinued but still on the website)
 It is difficult to show the iridescent colours, even with a black stripe underneath.

American Journey Watercolours - Iridescent Sour Lemon, Iridescent Rose Dore Quin, Iridescent Hot Tamale,
Iridescent Crimson Quin, Iridescent Quinacridone Red, Iridescent Rambling Rose.

American Journey Watercolours - Iridescent Ultramarine Blue, Iridescent Joe's Blue, Iridescent Joe's Green,
Iridescent Quinacridone Burnt Orange, Iridescent Burnt Sienna.
These are some of the discontinued colours, along with Potter's Pink Natural, Egyptian Blue Genuine, Lapis Lazuli, Han Purple, Egyptian Blue Hue, Azurite Genuine, Olive Oxide, Brown Derby, Red Iron Oxide Natural, Natural Hematite, Hematite Violet, Vivianite and a number of others.

American Journey Watercolours - Ornamental Red (discontinued),
Egyptian Blue Genuine (discontinued),
True Green (discontinued)

 Happy painting!


  1. Awesome! Thanks for doing this. I started with American Journey, and have been pretty happy with them, although they're now considerably more expensive than Da Vinci, which I tend to like better. (American Journey has some weird pigment combos. (Why does Indathrone Blue contain PV19??)

    For a long time I thought I'd messed up my raw umber, as it was way lighter than I was expecting. There are some great paints (Green Gold isn't offered by anyone else in the 37ml size) that I still pick up, but I'm more cautious now and try to make sure there isn't a cheaper duplicate under another name. (Transparent Yellow Oxide is fantastic, but it's also a dead ringer for Da Vinci's Raw Umber Natural, so ...)

    It's great to see the whole lineup, though - thanks for your work!

  2. I prefer Indanthrone with the touch of PV19. Beautiful night sky. Also love their Poppy and Quin Coral.

  3. Hello! What color would you recommend as an alternative to Blue Stone? Thank you.

  4. Thank you so much for posting this!! I was wondering if you would be able to recommend an alternative to Coastal Fog as I am unable to get American Journey paints where I live? Thank you :) L

  5. Daniel Smith Gray Titanium is a similar colour as a single pigment paint. Or create your own version using white and raw umber.

  6. This line bears a suspicious resemblance to Da Vinci's line! Hmmmmm....

    1. That would be because they are made by Da Vinci. American Journey is Cheap Joe's house brand watercolors, but they hired Da Vinci to manufacture the paints for them.

  7. Thank you…very helpful!