are many ways to mix colors, and you will probably find some of your own.
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mixed on palette
we mix colors on a palette, and then apply to paper. Here
is an example of ultramarine blue and permanent rose mixed
on the palette and then brushed on paper. Usually this
process gives a very uniform color result.
add a little movement and visual interest, you might consider half-mixing
the color on the palette, and then apply to the paper, letting the
colors continue mixing on the paper after application. This
can allow for some accidental color variations that can add a sense
of movement and interest.
is a layer of paint. By applying a glaze onto another color,
you can modify its color. This is a wet-on-dry
process, so it is important to make sure the bottom color is dry
before applying a second color. Also, the glaze should be
washy enough so that some of the underlying color will show through.
In this example an ultramarine blue glaze
was applied over a dried permanent rose paint, giving
it a purple cast. Usually you glaze darker colors over lighter
colors. Transparent pigments work best for this process.
In this mixing
strategy, prepare 3-4 puddles of separate colors on
your palette. Then brush through the puddles with your
brush and apply to paper. As you brush through the puddles,
keep in mind the end color you are aiming for. This"accidental" approach
can give you some interesting pigment shifts and add visual
mixing wet on wet
sounds like glazing, except you apply the wet color on top of a
wet color. This is a fun way to apply paint and to encourage
dynamic pigment interactions that give visual interest.
The colors here are a wet ultramarine blue over a wet permanent
a painting by glazing
is the traditional way one develops a painting. In this process,
you keep on adding
different glazes (layers of paint) to help create a feeling of light,
shadow, and space. In this example, the entire
shed was first painted yellow. Then a washy dark glaze
was added to the shadow side of the shed The addition
of the glaze immediately heps to give the shed a sense
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