600 Watercolour Mixes by Sharon Finmark

By Sharon Finmark

Colour is prime to portray and the power to combine and reproduce particular shades is an paintings in itself. color idea may be uninteresting and intricate, yet during this publication, skilled artist and instructor, Sharon Finmark, demonstrates color blending in a realistic and easy-to-follow means. as well as being an in depth visible sourcebook to just about six hundred color mixes, there are work featured all through with the entire various colours and mixes in every one portray analysed and annotated. during this approach, watercolour painters study through program how you can get the easiest out in their paints.

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Some colours, notably Ultramarine, Cobalt Blue and Cerulean, produce a granulated wash when diluted because the pigment does not dissolve evenly in the water. This gives interesting texture that you can exploit in the right context. So not only do you need to consider the pigments for their colour, but also their different properties, which you can discover from the manufacturers’ colour charts. Rich, interesting darks can be achieved purely by mixing. At first, resist the urge to use blacks, which can make paintings muddy.

STILL LIFE: FAN, BOTTLE AND FRUIT PALETTE USED Lemon Yellow Cadmium Yellow Cadmium Orange Cadmium Red Alizarin Crimson Violet Ultramarine Prussian Blue Hooker’s Green Vandyke Brown Dilutions Diluting pigments with water has the effect of lightening the colour and producing the delicate washes for which watercolour is renowned. Here each basic colour is shown in gradually increased dilutions to show the range of tones that can be obtained, from the pure colour to the palest tint. This versatility means that a delicate flowerhead could be painted in dilutions of just one colour, for example.

A transparent quality can be achieved simply by diluting your pigment in water; with plenty of dilution you can produce the palest and most delicate of washes or you can choose instead to use the pigment straight from the tube to give intense, brilliant colours. The colours of the tubes or pans in your paintbox invite you to use them just as they are, but you will soon want to mix your own colours too. A painting gains unity and coherence from a limited range of colours, so resist the temptation to buy a lot of pigments – it is better to choose carefully and mix the additional colours you need.

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