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Playing with Colour

Updated: Dec 13, 2021


Hi Guys and welcome to all of you dropping in here this week. Should you get the opportunity to play with your colours this week, I have shown you a colour wheel you may like to mix up yourselves. This is the most simplest way I can think to show you how colours are formed and how they relate to one another.

Before we look at that I just wanted to remind you of your 6 colours to buy plus white if you have just joined me and adding yellow ochre to those six if you have been with me for a while.

So paint lists are as follows

Oil Colours

Alzarin Crimson

Cadmium red

Indian yellow

Lemon Yellow

[Yellow Ochre]

Pthalo blue

Ultramarine blue

and a white remember

Titanium is the most opaque

Zinc is semi opaque

mixing white is transparent

I think going for a Zinc white may be a good idea

You will also need to buy yourself

Liquin a liquid that will help oil dry quicker

oderless mineral spirit this might be Zest it or Gamsol [Amazon]

cotton rags

brush cleaner Murphys wood soap [Amazon]

Acrylic colours

Perelene Maroon

Pyrole red

Cadmium orange

Lemon yellow

[Yellow ochre]

Indantherene blue

Pthalo blue

Titanium white

Also put absorbant paper towel in your kit

Watercolour colours

Alzarin crimson

cadmium red

Indian yellow

Lemon yellow

[Yellow ochre]

Pthalo blue

Ultramarine blue

also put absorbant paper towel in your kit.

It may be useful to have a gouache white in your kit for adding opacity to colours when not painting in a conservative watercolour way. As a general rule one uses the paper as the white, avoiding or masking out using masking fluid or wax.

So below is the most simple way I have come across looking at colour. You can see it is a split primary pallette [ 2 of each primaries ,one warm one cool] and it can be split to replace the lemon yellow with yellow ochre to provide a whole range of different greens and combinations of colour when used with the other primaries.

I will be adding to this post later in the week. Enjoy your painting and buying your colours.


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