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PostSubject: Color recipe book   Wed Dec 16, 2009 3:47 pm

Share your color recipes for skin tones, grass, sky, etc. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Color recipe book   Wed Dec 16, 2009 6:24 pm

I love making spring grass color with pthalo green (ys) and lemon yellow.
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PostSubject: Re: Color recipe book   Wed Dec 16, 2009 9:19 pm

Debra, Thank you for sharing your spring grass recipe! Smile

I did use Alizarin Crimson and Yellow Ochre for skin tones as my base. You can get a good range of colors because these colors are far enough on the color wheel. From Red to Yellow-Orange. I usually use Ultramarine Blue to desaturate the colors further. Sometimes adding Burnt Umber for further desturation and a darker value. I've now replaced the Alizarin Crimson with Anthraquinone Red aslo a Red-Violet color because the pigment that Holbein uses for Alizarin Crimson is considered fugitive.

An unusual one for skintones which works very well is Yellow Green with Alizarin Crimson.

For natural looking greens I sometimes use Ivory Black with Lemon Yellow.

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PostSubject: Re: Color recipe book   Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:02 pm

Lots of good ideas here. Thanks Debra and Janet. It's especially nice to learn what works well for skin tones.

I have a tube of phthalo green (blue shade) and I really don't like the colour as it is, but it can be adjusted to make some nice greens. For a dark green I mix it with a bit of dioxanine purple, and then to lighten and brighten it, as needed, I add cadmium yellow light, or lemon yellow to the mixture. If I want it to be a more olive shade, I add yellow ochre.
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PostSubject: Re: Color recipe book   Wed Dec 16, 2009 10:25 pm

Sofie, I love phthalo green and diox purple mixed! If you balance it just so, you can get beautiful, subdued blue/greens that range from teal to aqua. I used it (in watercolor) for some plein air I did in Hawaii a couple of years ago.
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PostSubject: Re: Color recipe book   Thu Dec 17, 2009 12:22 pm

Sofie thank you for sharing your color recipe. I'm currently painting color swatches and I'm up to doing Phthalo Green with Dioxazine Violet. I'm excited to see what the results will be. From what you and Debra said it sounds like it works well. Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Color recipe book   Thu Dec 17, 2009 5:42 pm

....adding Thalo Green to endless list of must have art supplies......
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PostSubject: Re: Color recipe book   Wed Sep 14, 2011 5:28 am

Well..

Callie your recipe is good..
Currently i am working on red and yellow...
My drawing is suppose to be the orange garden..
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