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cherid01
09-10-2001, 03:51 PM
I am new at using artist acrylic paints and I want to improve my color mixing skills. I thought I would just get the 3 primary colors and start playing. Sounds simple enough; however, what color is the primary red, blue, and yellow? Is it Alizarine Crimson, Naphthol Red, Cad. Red or Cad. Yellow Deep, Cad. Yellow Med. or Phthalo Blue,ect? AGGH!! All I need are three primary colors. Please make this simple for me...pleeeese. Ok, I'm over my fit and I'll just sit here quietly until someone can help me.

Thank you

Einion
09-10-2001, 08:37 PM
Here on the site have a look at these recent threads in the Colour Theory/Mixing section for various views on the subject: <A HREF=http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=2494>here</A>, <A HREF=http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=14554&perpage=15&pagenumber=1>here</A> and <A HREF=http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=17454>here</A>.

<A HREF=http://www.handprint.com/HP/WCL/wpalet.html>This</A> is a very good place check out various colour theories.

If you want to stick to only three colours as opposed to a six-colour twin primary palette which is much more versatile I would recommend one each of the following yellows, blues and 'reds'.
Hansa Yellow Medium, PY73, Bismuth Yellow, PY184
Phthalocyanine Blue Green Shade, PB15:3, Phthalocyanine Blue Red Shade, PB15:1
Quinacridone Magenta, PR122, Quinacridone Violet, PV19

Einion

vallarta
09-12-2001, 06:18 PM
Depending on where you live and availabilty of colors I would suggest the following.

hansa yellow, thalo blue, quanatone red

however if you cant get these colors try

cad yellow light, ultramarine blue, cad red light

with these three colors you will also need black and white.

black can be ivory black and flake or titanium white.

diphascon
09-13-2001, 11:12 AM
Originally posted by vallarta
Depending on where you live and availabilty of colors I would suggest the following.

hansa yellow, thalo blue, quanatone red

however if you cant get these colors try

cad yellow light, ultramarine blue, cad red light

with these three colors you will also need black and white.


hello community,

the book printers use four colors to mix everything (in the 4-colour-process): cyan, magenta, yellow, black - the cmyk-system.

There are brands of acrylic paints that name these standard primary colours in their colour charts, eg. Daler-Rowney System 3 (which are a bit inferior to real artist paints, but claim to be of reasonable permanence), Winsor&Newton Galeria (more transparent primaries), Amsterdam, LucasAcryl (the latter are artist grade). I tend to assume, though, they might not be single pigment paints.

cheers

martin