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Old 02-06-2020, 09:59 AM
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Advice on how to make a good, basic tan color

Hello all! I have struggled for sometime on how to create a basic tan or ecru color from mixing pencils. I have never found this color in any existing set of CP's. The light umbers come off a bit too greenish and I just not skilled enough in color theory on how to make a true tan color so I am asking for help! I keep thinking it shouldn't be that hard, but as yet, I haven't found it. Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-07-2020, 02:57 AM
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Re: Advice on how to make a good, basic tan color

How about yellow and brown and, maybe, white?
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Old 02-07-2020, 08:13 AM
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Re: Advice on how to make a good, basic tan color

Considering that obviously names of colors vary...

Terra cotta, yellow ocre and purple ( darken the ocre with an underlayer of purple instead of using umbers) and and some other deeper red maybe.
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Old 02-07-2020, 11:23 AM
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Re: Advice on how to make a good, basic tan color

Tan, a pale/dull orange in the broadest sense. Yellow+Red = Orange, again in the broadest sense. Brown is a dark dull red, so Wassie's hit the nail on the head, I think. Acrue? Had to look that one up "unbleached linen". Very pale, but also dull.

I played with some pencils:

Cream
Light Peach
Beige
Putty Beige
Clay Rose
Gingerroot
White
Peach Beige
Seashell Pink

Cream is great, but a little more yellow and very colourful ~ so how to adjust it?

Some ideas... good luck!
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Old 02-08-2020, 02:51 AM
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Re: Advice on how to make a good, basic tan color

You might get some confusing answers here Lizzie. I realised a few years ago that American and British ideas of what the colour 'tan' is are slightly different. (The same goes for 'Khaki').

For Tan, many British people would probably describe a rich colour similar to saddle leather, while Americans tend to think of tan as a much lighter shade than that.

For example to me (I'm British), tan (saddle leather) is a completely different colour to Ecru (which to me is an off-white with no particular hue bias, like undyed linen).
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Re: Advice on how to make a good, basic tan color

Just been reading comments and Cluadia I would have taken tan to be a light brown too but then Im Australian had no idea Americans thought it was a light colour more like what I would call bone or beige! Lol
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Old 02-11-2020, 10:43 AM
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Re: Advice on how to make a good, basic tan color

My read of the original post:

"I have never found this color" = singular... "a basic tan or ecru color"...again, suggesting a single color, described as "tan or ecru", attempted with a "Light Umber pencil", again all suggest to me a one colour quest. Inferring from that the lighter version of the colour.

I'm not trying to mislead anyone, I thought I was being encouraging and helpful, and lastly, I am not American. Phew!
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