Adventures in Colour Mixing
Hey there lovelies and a very happy day to you, wherever in the world you may be. Today I wanted to share with you some Adventures in Colour Mixing.
I’ve recently rediscovered some courses I have saved on the computer during lockdown and one of them sent me off on a voyage of colour mixing discovery.
I got this Colorflow book by Ivy Newport for Christmas, and it came with a set of lovely lessons too. I think she’s onto volume 2 of the series now. I highly recommend it to you all.
I have been meaning to explore colour mixing for a long time but didn’t really get around to it. I got out an old sketchbook and explored colours with a very limited palette, following Ivy’s instructions (although I had different shades of paint in my collection).
I chose two of each primary shade plus Titanium White. A mix of warm and cool shades. Here’s the list of the paints I used:
- Crimson Red (cool)
- Cadmium Red (warm)
- Lemon Yellow (cool)
- Cadmium Yellow (warm)
- Phthalo Blue (cool)
- Ultramrine Blue (warm)
- Titanium white
I created a grid in my journal 7 by 7, and poured out a bit of each paint in my list. I am really looking forward tohaving this great colour reference guide at this point!
I started off by doing the pure colours on the diagonal (1,2,3,4,5,6,7). Then I mixed the colours into the other squares (mixing 1 and, 1 and 3, 1 and 4 etc etc) until all of the squares were full.
It’s a messy business colour mixing for sure! But look at all of those shades I can make from just 7 paints!
I then tried some tints – mixing colours and adding different amounts of white. Look at all of those lovely shades and colours!
I really enjoyed spending some time just playing with colour – it really opened my eyes to how much you can do with so little.
Finally the blues and purples and a few gorgeous grays. Loving the colours.
I then went on to mixing skin tones and shading colours – I didn’t enjoy this part as much. I felt like the golden brand blues dominated a bit too much.
It did give me the idea of creating some skin tone swatches with my preferred skin tone mixes (which I’ll share very soon).
I hope you enjoyed this peek into my sketchbook and will feel encouraged to try some colour mixing for yourself!
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Have a fantastic day lovelies!