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Mixing Colour with Acrylics.


This week I will be looking at mixing a great split palette colour wheel with 6 Acrylic colours just as we did last week with oil. Again I will remind you to focus on the pigments colour rather than its name as this tends to vary with what medium you are working in and also which particular brand you choose to use. Just to recap a little bit. Acrylic paint consists of powdered pigment and a polymer binder. This means the paint is water soluble when wet, but permanent when dry.[So note to self always return your brushes to your water container or they will get clogged with dry paint and be unuseable ]

These are the six colours I am using here

So starting from the top left with Perylene Maroon followed by Pyrole Red, then on to Cadmium orange followed by Lemon yellow, Phthalo Turquoise and lastly Ultra-marine blue.

These were laid out just as I had laid the oils out in the last post,after which the three secondary colours of orange green and purple were mixed and applied and then each of the colours were mixed in between including the mix of each of the two primaries giving a smooth transition of colour as illustrated below.

Below I have added the names of each of the source primary colours.

Below I have sat the acrylic colours on the left and the oils on the right to compare the two. I ts clear to see that the Phthalo turquoise acrylic behaves a little different to its oil counterpart. I also find that yellow acrylic can tend to be very transparent and have a weak tinting strength which is very different to its yellow oil counterpart.

I hope this has been helpful please do contact me to let me know.I shall now go on to do the same with Watercolour. Enjoy your painting.


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