As of 7 colors to get 38 (mix of acrylic paints)

As of 7 colors to get 38 (mix of acrylic paints)

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This conversion lesson from the book of the famous artist Lee Hammond. In truth, it is the most worthwhile lesson mix of those that I have ever seen anywhere. It will be useful to those who are just beginning to learn painting or drawing, and can not afford to buy immediately a palette of colors provided by the store. Personally I do not really like to mix the paint, but I still have to do it, because set of paints I limited. If I read this lesson before, I would be more careful approach to the selection of colors and their paint palette my presently would be much wider.

I translated the names of colors is not everywhere (only where required), because this international names on them and you can buy foreign and Russian (type Ladoga) acrylic paints. Most beginners want to advise to go to hud.magazine with a paper with the names, because need to buy not just white or just red, namely Titanium White and Cadmium red medium, etc. (This is due to the fact that different hues have different transparency and this is reflected in the possibility of mixing, I, for example, made the right decision with Transparent Yellow, it is absolutely clear and gives no color change when mixing!).

Next, the words of the book Lee Hammond:

“A lot of artists want to have everything all the toys associated with their profession. I love nothing more than a collection of art supplies with hundreds of different colors to choose from. But, although it sounds like artistic nirvana, it really is not necessary. To mix colors to you require only a few pigments. And it will be much more useful and educational and economic terms.

Your basic palette

With a very small palette consisting only of seven colors, you can create an infinite number of color mixtures.

The three main colors:

As of 7 colors to get 38 (mix of acrylic paints) Two additional colors:

Two neutral colors:


1. The bright tone:

Mixing palette with basic white color gives light colors:


Left-to-right, top-down – pale yellow, peach / coral, pink, flesh-colored / beige, sky blue, gray

2. Dark tones:

Mixing basic palette with black color gives darker shades:

As of 7 colors to get 38 (mix of acrylic paints)

Left-to-right, top-down – dark olive green, brown, plum, dark brown, dark blue.

3. Shades of green (this is very useful color palette is not in the main, Hammond offers only get it by mixing):

Mixing green can be difficult due to the hundreds of possible options. You can get green by mixing yellow and blue, or yellow and black. Adding brown gives the “earthen” shades of green.


Left-to-right, top-down – olive green, gray-green, green, mint green,

(Note that the second and fourth tones are obtained by connecting the paint from the basic palette of paint, mixed independently. For example, the first color Olive green (olive green) is obtained by mixing Cadmium Yellow Medium (Kadmium yellow middle) and Ivory Black (Ivory bone black). This is the main color of the palette, which must have. The second shade of green – Grayish Green (gray-green) obtained by mixing obtained in the first step, Olive green (Olive Green) with Titanium White (Titanium white) from the main panel. Here and further, wherever used alone mixed color, Hammond adds color to the title the word “mix”)

4. Purple and purple hues.

Different shades of purple and magenta can be created by mixing Cadmium red medium (cadmium red medium) and Prussian Blue (Prussian blue) or Alizarin Crimson (Alizarin Crimson) and Prussian Blue (Prussian blue). Adding white to these mixtures will give you shades of lavender, orchid, lilac and so on.


Left-to-right, top-down – Red, warm gray, plum, lavender.

5. The orange tint.

Cadmium Red Medium (Cadmium Red Medium) or Alizarin Crimson (Alizarin Pink) to mix with Cadmium Yellow Medium (Cadmium Yellow Medium) will be administered to various shades of orange. Adding Titanium White (Titanovye bleach) to ettim will give you a touch of coral, peach, dyno, and so on.


Left-to-right, top-down – orange, peach, orange-red, coral.

6. Excavation shades:

Shades of land can be created by adding different colors to Burnt Umber (Burnt Umber). All of these colors can be converted into the pastel by adding Titanium White (titanium white). Upper samples show a mixture of earth tones, and the bottom – pastel (with white).


Left-to-right, top-down – burnt umber, brick red, deep navy blue, dark sepia, beige / flesh, mauve, steel blue, warm gray

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