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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.
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Reply #1 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
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Reply #2 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:


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Reply #3 on: December 09, 2010, 01:19:47 AM
I should need a trailer just to carry all of my colour charts about!  :2funny:
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Reply #4 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:


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Reply #5 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!  ???
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Reply #6 on: December 09, 2010, 05:12:58 PM
how about : a colour chart a day leaves more time for play


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Reply #7 on: December 10, 2010, 12:40:24 AM
 :) I like that idea! Will be taking a day off tomorrow for the gallery.
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Reply #8 on: December 10, 2010, 07:31:15 AM
you exhibiting there Val?


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Reply #9 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!)
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Reply #10 on: December 11, 2010, 02:20:22 AM
I think she's just shy Nolan.  :P
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Reply #11 on: December 11, 2010, 03:26:48 AM
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Reply #12 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:


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Reply #13 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:
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Reply #14 on: December 13, 2010, 01:19:03 AM
Bummer, holding thumbs (same as fingers crossed) for tomorrow O0


 

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