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Title: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: nolan on July 11, 2010, 12:35:56 AM
We often wonder how to mix a certain colour, especially the variations in colour, if we knew how the suppliers mixed them, then we wouldn't have to walk around with so many tubes of paint.

When you are working in your studio, it doesn't matter so it is quicker to buy the ready mixed colours. When you are on holiday or if you run out of a colour half way through a painting though, it is another story.

Here are some colours you can mix from a limited palette :

Yellow Ochre - Cadmium Yellow plus Cadmium Red plus French Ultramarine
Sap Green - Viridian plus Raw Umber or Viridian plus Orange
Burnt Sienna - Cadmium Red plus Raw Umber plus Cadmium Orange
Paynes Grey - Raw Umber plus French Ultramarine
Raw Umber - Cobalt Blue plus Orange
Prussian Blue - French Ultramarine plus Viridian Green
Burnt Umber - Burnt Sienna plus Raw Umber
Cerulean Blue - French Ultramarine plus Viridian Green plus white

These are only a few examples, play around with your paints and you will find more.

How do you know if you have mixed the correct colour ?

Easy, before you go on holiday or before you run out of paint (heaven forbid) make yourself a colour chart on a piece of cardboard. Make it small enough to fit in your travel bag. When you are on holiday you can use the chart to compare your colours.
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: Val on December 08, 2010, 09:21:55 AM
 :smart: You are just full of great ideas!  :clap: I've started making a small chart with colours I tend to use the most often. Its an education in itself just trying to match the original colours. Excellent learning to mix exercise. I highly recommend this one.  O0
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: nolan on December 08, 2010, 05:31:21 PM
when going on holiday I just grab white and a few primaries, then I mix all the other colours as needed - even then I still have a problem finding place in the car for them  :crazy2:
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: Val on December 09, 2010, 01:19:47 AM
I should need a trailer just to carry all of my colour charts about!  :2funny:
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: nolan on December 09, 2010, 09:58:54 AM
making colour charts is a really good excercise. Must admit though that I started making myself some a few years back and it got so monotonous that I gave it up for a bad job  :tongue:
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: Val on December 09, 2010, 03:12:20 PM
I'm a bit too new at this to have reached that point yet, but it has definitely slowed down the drawing and painting. Must try to find a comfortable balance....stop going off in tangents!  ???
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: nolan on December 09, 2010, 05:12:58 PM
how about : a colour chart a day leaves more time for play
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: Val on December 10, 2010, 12:40:24 AM
 :) I like that idea! Will be taking a day off tomorrow for the gallery.
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: nolan on December 10, 2010, 07:31:15 AM
you exhibiting there Val?
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: Val on December 10, 2010, 10:47:47 AM
 :2funny:  :2funny:  :'(  :2funny: Ah Nolan...I laughed 'til I cried and then I laughed some more! No, I wish I could say yes, but am going to have a chat with a local artist about his works and techniques. Will take some snaps on the way back and attempt my first real scenery.....(must pluck up the courage!)
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: Kelley on December 11, 2010, 02:20:22 AM
I think she's just shy Nolan.  :P
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: dennis on December 11, 2010, 03:26:48 AM
You are always better than you think you are.
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: nolan on December 11, 2010, 07:47:15 PM
You should video the session Val. You could easily start a series of interviews like that on your travels - our own roving reporter  :heeha:
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: Val on December 12, 2010, 07:07:15 PM
Artist didn't turn up....must be the GMT (Grenada Maybe Time)! Girl that was there didn't want me to take pictures without artist's permission. Will try again, am going back tomorrow.  :wave:
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: nolan on December 13, 2010, 01:19:03 AM
Bummer, holding thumbs (same as fingers crossed) for tomorrow O0
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: liz on August 25, 2011, 07:08:55 AM
Thanks so much, Nolan!  :flowers: So happens I don't have Prussian Blue and Raw Umber, now I can mix them myself if need be!  The color chart idea is a good one, though initially it may seem a boring thing to do.  But notes in a 3 ring binder aren't too convenient to use as a handy chart would be! :painting:
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: EllaNZ on August 25, 2011, 07:23:50 AM
Hi everyone, isn't it wonderful that Nolan and Dennis shares all their (painting) secrets with us? Thank you so much. You are my heros.  May I suggest you create 'Tips' on the website or did I miss it again.   :hug: 
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: EllaNZ on August 26, 2011, 02:01:46 AM
 :idiot2: Duhhhh. Good morning Ella.  I realized I was actually on the tips browser! :crazy2: Oh well, some people get up at 5am but only wake up at 10! Sorry Nolan but here is my contribution;-
Cut 2 pieces of white paper, big enough to just block out surrounding detail.  Punch a hole in the top middle of each paper.  Now hold the one paper's hole on the photo where you are choosing a color and it will become clear what the color must be.  The other paper will be used by holding the paint color behind it so it shows through the hole. Now compare the two.  Easy.  Don't know how well it will work with paints but it is a blessing with Pastel. Cheers
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: Val on August 26, 2011, 10:01:55 AM
 :D
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: EllaNZ on August 26, 2011, 08:02:23 PM
Wow! Great Ella!  :clap: :clap:

Although I'm fully awake, I did understand nothing!   ???
Hope this will explain it better.

Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: nolan on September 02, 2011, 09:04:56 PM
Great tip, thanks Ella :clap:

You will notice I do the same type of thing with the Color Buster too O0
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: caroled on September 12, 2011, 06:34:35 AM
Thanks for the tip about extended palette... I made small color swatches of all my colors in my tool box...7x10 cm..
the swatch is only 6 cm so above I wrote the hue name/#/brand... now I can write the alternative recipe on the back.... these deck of card swatches can fit in a small zip bag....

I did try the sunset painting... but ran into some problems... first I chose a piece of 240 grm  textured paper/card... didn't prime it... big mistake.... then since I am practicing using just a knife the paints sort of stuck on the card and really wouldn't blend  or move....also my colors were a big off ... blue too bright... lt yellow could have been lighter. etc also the format was smaller than yours... about A4.... so not much room....mountain colors were a disaster....

 Result somewhat rough sunset.... had fun and not discouraged

Carol

Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: nolan on September 12, 2011, 08:38:46 AM
no worries, just do another one  :painting:
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: thegrindre on September 25, 2011, 08:30:50 PM
I like the color swatch idea. If you have a magic shop in town, you can buy a blank deck of 52 cards to put your swatches on and they'll last a very long time on that type of hard card.
Your local printer's shop might have some old business cards you could use the backs of for your swatches.
Hobby Lobby has a free give a way color wheel that opens up like an accordion with lots of info on it but the back of it is make for color swatching. Is that a word?  ;D
That's what I'm now using... O0

Cheers!
Title: Re: Extend your palette with these tips
Post by: nolan on September 25, 2011, 08:37:37 PM
 :smart: idea
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