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Old 02-14-2012, 02:26 PM
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Re: How do you mix paints?

This is a great thread. I think I do something like what Gigalot does. I start with 2, selecting an area with some commonality and lay out a basic small selection of paints, and then add additional paints as I see the need. I lay out my palette uniformly leaving space in between the main colors for the additive color and then mix down the palette below the main colors as I need to customize--doing 1 basically. Sometimes, if the area is large enough and I like the recipe I have come up with for that area, I then make a nice size little pile to work from, which is finally, 3. And I keep a notebook and write down the recipe for that area of the painting as I work in glazes and often have to come back to that color again.
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Old 02-14-2012, 08:23 PM
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Re: How do you mix paints?

Very interesting to see how everyone has replied to this. I do #1, but have been reading up on a number of artists who do #2 and am seeing the advantages of this. I know in some cases artists who pre-mix everything for the entire painting so when it comes time to paint, they can do just that and not have to be bothered with mixing (with exceptions of course to adjust and add dabs here and there).
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:44 PM
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Re: How do you mix paints?

Using acrylics, I keep a limited pallette - about 10 or 11 pigments (including 2 whites), and try to limit myself to four colours + whites for any one piece. The limited pallette means I can recover easily if a mixed batch runs out.
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Old 03-05-2012, 06:21 PM
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Re: How do you mix paints?

All of the above. Depends on which medium.
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Old 04-21-2012, 06:03 PM
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Re: How do you mix paints?

Originally Posted by blissofsilver
All of the above. Depends on which medium.
I agree with that. Acrylics I'm mixing in the pallet on the canvas on the brush with the knife. I normally paint 2-3 paintings directly on the other before I am happy. Rather wild compared to my watercolor work flow which is sketch plan plan plan paint once and hope for the best.
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Old 04-24-2012, 06:09 AM
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Re: How do you mix paints?

This depends on what color you want. Generally speaking, start with a color that's close to what you want. It's easier if you start with one that's a little lighter, rather than darker, than your target color. Let's say you want lavender. Start with light blue, and add red just a little at a time, stirring thoroughly as you go along. If you want darker lavender, don't add black add dark blue. If you want it lighter you can add either white or a really pale blue or pink.Or, take your existing paint to a paint store, look at their color charts, and ask the staff there to mix it up for you.Also, if you have a color you are trying to match such as fabric, most of the paint stores have the computer matching systems. This is where they place your swatch in front of a camera eye and it sends it to their color matching system in the computer. The computer in turn spits out a formula for your custom color. You can make adjustments right there if you need to.
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Old 09-13-2012, 06:00 PM
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Re: How do you mix paints?

the thicker the pile of color you use, the more correct the mixing is.
On the contrary when you use small amounts of paint and add a new color to the mix it is more difficult to control the correct amount of each paint.
I use thick piles of color and use a knife to blend, the remaining paint not used I keep it separate on the palette and use it later to create harmony while mixing.

My tip: do NOT mix using small quantities of paint

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