COMPOUND COLOUR MIXING EXERCISE
ten small squares in two columns as shown below.
(or click here and print the page )
the left hand column mix 5 different compound
colours. Mix them from a red yellow and blue you
would normally use, eg. Ultramarine, Alizarin and
Indian Yellow. Make them all different - a
compound red, a compound yellow etc. Remember, a
compound colour contains all three primaries, so
a compound red will be a dirty looking red
containing traces of green (ie blue and yellow)
these 5 squares have been completed, choose a
different red yellow and blue (Windsor red and
yellow and phthalo blue for example).
In the squares beside the colours you have
already mixed try to reproduce those colours as
accurately as possible.
will be surprised how close to the original
colours you can get with the different pigments.
The more saturated the colours are, the more
difficult they become to reproduce with other
pigments. A saturated Ultramarine for example,
cannot be mixed using Windsor red and yellow and
exercise should make you familiar with compound
colours and improve your ability to accurately
mix colours. When you are confident in your
control of compound colours find a subject that
interests you and try starting with a tight range
of compound colours, then gradually work towards
more saturated colours.
© JOHN LOVETT
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