Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Modifying the intensity of tube colors

I could paint these all day!

Red paints used right out of the tube are intense and a little artificial looking. Nita Leland (Exploring Color) suggests altering the intensity of pure color by adding a bit of burnt sienna. In the book Mixing Your Own Watercolors, John Lidzey achieves this by adding a very small amount of the complimentary color green. As you can see from the eggs, adding blue/green creates a very different result from adding a yellow/green (cool/warm).

Actually, I added too much green to the mixture, which did more than modify the reds, it significantly changed the colors. But you get the idea, and any of these could be used for the shadow area.

7 comments:

Anita Davies said...

Nice tips and lovely eggs!

Luba said...

Cute eggs! Looks like you had fun, too.

Barbara Weeks said...

Great eggs! So many reds- my favorite color-I'll enjoy visiting and watching your project.

SCquiltaddict said...

Gorgeous reds...

Donn said...

Nice study of using red. I have her book, but haven't had a chance to go through it yet.

A Brush with Color said...

I love the methodical way you approach your themes here. wonderful! I need to do this kind of exercise. I'm on a work retreat for several days this week, so I can't right now, but I may have to do some practice sheets like this when I get home. You're inspiring me. Can't wait to see all your lovely reds.

Deborah said...

Great study ansd a great reference for the future. Looks like fun too!