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Tony (ASM)

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on: June 02, 2011, 11:55:49 AM
What's the best medium to use for colour mixing practice without too much mess and is speedy?
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Reply #1 on: June 02, 2011, 07:54:47 PM
Hi Tony, I recommend learning colour mixing using oil paint as watercolour and acrylics paints generally go a shade lighter or darker when dry.

When mixing paints with oil or acrylics, use a painting knife and not a brush.


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Reply #2 on: June 03, 2011, 08:16:45 AM
Thank you Nolan. I will use oil paints. I've also found some 'Blendable Colour Pencils' by Crayola. I'm wondering if they might be useful to try. I'll give 'em a go and see if they're any good.
Thank you again.
Tony  :)
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Reply #3 on: June 03, 2011, 09:33:30 PM
Looking forward to hearing about your results Tony  O0


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Reply #4 on: June 03, 2011, 10:27:39 PM
I tried the 'Blendable Pencils'. They worked quite well and, well enough to create the secondary colours quite well. I attempted to use the white to 'lighten' the colours but, it didn't work out too well. I was using white photocopy paper. I then progressed to add the complimentary colour to a second blob of the colours. This worked fairly well but not enough to distinguish the subtle changes that would have shown in oil paints.
Overall I would say they are great to show kids the concept of creating secondary colours mixed from the Primaries. The pack also contained a vast amount of other ready made colours.
I have a pack of water colour pencils that I'd like to try too. I'll give an update on the outcome of those later. (I'll have to find 'em first!)
So, it looks like I'm gonna have to dig out the Artisan water mixible oil paints soon. I'd like to look at oil pastels 1st and give them a try. I'll let 'ya know how I get on. I'm gonna go to Staples in Halifax and see what products are available but, I'll no doubt come back t oils!
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Tony  ;)
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Reply #5 on: June 03, 2011, 11:13:49 PM
If you want to try mixing colors with oil pastels then you will have to use turps to start the dissolving process to get them to "blend" easier. Not as easy as proper oil paints.

I have done paintings in oil pastels and sold - but I am not mad about them at all ???
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Reply #6 on: June 04, 2011, 07:49:07 AM
If you want to try mixing colors with oil pastels then you will have to use turps to start the dissolving process to get them to "blend" easier. Not as easy as proper oil paints.

I have done paintings in oil pastels and sold - but I am not mad about them at all ???

Thank you Dennis! You have just saved me a great deal of time and money! I would have probably found out the hard way and ended up with another bunch of wasted media.
Have you worked with ordinary pastels? Do they blend well to produce secondary and tertiary colours?
I'm fishing for experiences and trying to save time from others peoples wisdom. I just wanted to find out if there is a faster, cleaner, safer way to practice mixing colours rather than using oils. Looks like oils are best though. I shall be onto them soon.
Thank you again.
Tony  ;)
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Reply #7 on: June 04, 2011, 08:56:18 AM
I paint in soft pastels but the mixing of colors is very different. Cannot do straight mixing. Pastels are made in a large range of tints in a particular color and then you have to "blend" rather than mix.
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Reply #8 on: June 04, 2011, 09:48:43 AM
Thank you Dennis.
I'm gonna give the pastels a miss and head straight back to the oils as Nolan advized. I do have an inquisitive question on whether Plasticine might be a good product to use for blending. What do ya reckon to giving that a try?
Thank you again.
Tony  :) 
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Reply #9 on: June 04, 2011, 10:58:26 AM
I'd stick with the oils  ;D


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Reply #10 on: June 04, 2011, 11:05:38 AM
I'd stick with the oils  ;D
Yeah, I'm gonna go straight to the oils Nolan! Gonna use the Water Mixable ones instead of the Bobb Ross collection I have.
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Reply #11 on: June 04, 2011, 11:06:39 AM
Let me know how it goes with the color buster


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Reply #12 on: June 04, 2011, 11:15:07 AM
The 'Colour Buster' seems a awesome tool and something I've been looking for as a key to open up the world of painting. Should help me create good colour likeness.
One area I was wondering is, is it possible to make it bigger or, at least the colour checker portion? (I may be premature with this question as I haven't actually used it yet)
I'm just holding it up against objects at the moment to try match the colours then thinking about how I use the circle knowledge and tube colours to reach the isolated hue. This has brought me to wonder over silver/greys when I looked at a grey jumper!
I'll no doubt have lots of questions and, appreciate getting help with them. I think other people may derive some benefit from reading the experiences too!
Thanks Nolan.
Tony  :)
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Reply #13 on: June 04, 2011, 11:39:21 AM
You can, just print it out larger, say 2x the size. Most printers have that feature. You can then arrange it so just the Colour Checker half prints and the colour wheel part is off the page.


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Reply #14 on: June 04, 2011, 12:00:50 PM
Thank you Nolan. I'll give it a go. I think my ink has just run out too! I've managed to laminate and cut out the isolating squares on the original version anyway. I actually printed off 2! (I'm always misplacing items so 2 needed!)
I must say, it's an awesome tool.
Cheers
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