Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Paint Colours to Assist those new to painting

Have been asked many times on the colours to have for painting and which ones to mix with which.  Have therefore created this list in order it may assist others who may be new to painting.


 Popular colours 

Titanium White
Alizarin crimson
Permanent Rose
Cadmium Red medium & light
Cadmium Orange
Cadmium Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Naples Yellow
Cobalt Blue
Ultramarine Blue
Cerulean Blue
Phthalo Blue
Phthalo Green
Burnt Umber
Burnt Sienna 
 

 Almost any colour can be made 
....from mixing the following colours. 
  • Titanium White
    Cadmium Yellow
    Permanent Rose
    Ultramarine (or
    Phthalo Blue)

  • Titanium White
    Cadmium Yellow
    Alizarin
    Ultramarine (or
    Phthalo Blue)



Have placed in two sets, as these colours will definitely mix most of the colours you would wish to have (also saves you money buying different colour paint when you do not need to).  I sometimes add Phthalo Green and Blue to above mix.   Try different mixes of reds/blues with cad yellow and will achieve different results. A touch of Phthalo Green also to the mix will give darker colour also.

View Winsor & Newton's colour chart  for oils and other links on their page for watercolour and mediums.

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   Palette 

  • A palette should be of a light neutral tone, as colours are able to be judged more precisely if placed on a neutral tone colour. Although many use a white palette or choose to use a clear (see through) palette or wooden palette (seasoned a few times with linseed oil prior to use).
  • Ensure when placing your colours on a palette you keep to the same order each time, ie group your colours together in the same way each time you use.  This way you will automatically go to the same place when picking up paint and not have to think about which colour is where.
  • Would suggest you lay out your colours form left to right as follows:
    start with the darkest reds, then next the lighter reds, followed by oranges, yellows, greens, blues and browns through to the darkest colours. 
  • MIX YOUR COLOURS on the bottom half of your palette, NOT next to your colours.
Try to get into this habit and will save a lot of mistakes and time trying to work out which is which!

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   Most common colours in red blue and yellow

Red
Most common:
Alizarin Crimson
Permanent Rose or
Quinacridone Magenta
Cadmium Red
Cadmium Red light
Cadmium Red medium

Blue
Most common:
Ultramarine Blue
French Ultramarine Blue
Phthalo Blue
Cobalt Blue
Cerulean Blue
Prussian Blue

Yellow
Most common:
Cadmium Yellow
Cadmium Yellow light
Cadmium Yellow deep
Lemon Yellow
Yellow Ochre
Naples Yellow




White
Titanium White.
You will use more of your basic white paint then any other. I would suggest you purchase large tubes as far more economical.





 

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