|Mixing Blacks LWatry©2012|
I could just reach for a tube of black watercolor, but the blacks I can mix will have more life or color to them. These mixed blacks are called chromatic blacks. They are mixed using dark paints that look black but don't contain any black. Typically the mixes are made from red and green or blue and red. When you are painting with chromatic blacks the color can be varied so that it is cooler in part of the mix and warmer in another area giving more life to the painting. With tube blacks they can look flat because there is no variation. Blacks can be mixed with other colors, but this often leads to dull, muddy color.
|Blacks Color Mixing Chart LWatry©2012|
Here is a list of the colors that I mixed together:
1. Ultramarine Turquoise and Quinacridone Magenta
2. Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine Blue 3. Phthalo Blue and Alizeran Crimson 4. Prussian Blue and Pyrrol Orange 5. Prussian Blue and Alizeran Crimson 6. Ultramarine Turquoise and Alizeran Crimson
The four tube blacks on the chart are: 1. Payne's Gray 2. Moonglow 3. Lamp Black 4. Ivory Black
|Mixing Black on My Palette LWatry©2012|
|French Horn Photo LWatry©2012|
To the left is my photo and the grid that I placed on top of it to draw it. I don't always use a grid, but this photo is very detailed. I have added more of the blue reflection to a couple of the french horns and I will adjust values where needed. Now that my investigation of black is done, I can get on with the painting! Even though this pre-planning can take time, in the end it can save a lot of time and headaches.