Most artists at some point or another test out the different colours they can make with their paint or pastels or coloured pencils or whatever medium they're using.
Lots of us try developing charts - and many a happy hour can be spent filling in boxes with different mixes of colours.
|An exercise in mixing neutrals from 12 complementary colours using coloured pencils |
(from Stephen Quiller's book - Color Choices: Making Color Sense Out of Color Theory
Thing is - you or I can make loads of charts - and still not be able to work out (or remember) how to make a particular colour!
The best answer is to just keep using paint until mixing becomes second nature and you don't need to think which colours you need to use. This is, without fail, the best answer.
However I do subscribe to the view that sometimes you need your eyes opened to the range of colours which can be produced through mixing colours - either physically (on the pallet) or optically (on the paper or support).
A good way of finding out about colour mixes is to take a peek at some of the deecnt books about colour and some of the guides and references which are around. These can be very informative as to just how many different shades you can create from a limited palette. Not all are - but some are very good.
I found these chart books very useful when I was starting out for understanding a lot how two colours can make new colours I would never have guessed were possible. I distinctly remember a phase where reading one of my chart books triggered me into testing out every combination of blues and browns to see what sort of coloured neutrals I could produce.
Even better were books by people like Jeanne Dobie and Stephen Quiller which really got me thinking a lot more about colour and about colour mixes which I might not have tried without having read their books.
This new site is essentially about looking at
- different ways of mixing colours
- different books which help you understand more about mixing colour
- different aids for learning more about mixing colours.
For more about Colour
For ease of access to all my blog posts from the Colour Project on this blog (in 2008) - and more about colour, colour theory and the best art books about colour please review my three other websites about colour.
Colour - Resources for Artists
The Best Art Books - Colour