I too have struggled with the mystery of color mixing.
I recall my first painting classes with mixed emotions. Struggling to mix a color until it was my turn for the teacher to look at my efforts. He would look at my paints and get a perfect match with a few swirls of the brush. He would share a few words of wisdom and I'd be ok until I needed to mix the next color...
I decided to look deeper into the mystery of color mixing and see if it can be solved by computation. As expected I found there was science to the mystery and I identified an algorithm that could select colors to mix another color.
Using this knowledge I have written an app that goes some way to solving the mystery. It can select colors from your own paint collection to mix your target color. Indeed it can find up to 10 different mix solutions depending on the range of colors available to choose from.
The Palette Composer - An artists aid to color mixing will choose the colors to mix to get the best matches it can find for a required color.
In addition, if you mix a solution on your palette board you can temporarily add the mixed color to your palette allowing the Palette Composer to use it to mix other colors.
I don't suppose I'll ever make wizard status but using this app has certainly improved my color mixing skills and I'm sure its saved me a lot of wasted paint!
If you take a look at the web page (http://gujomo.weebly.com
) it explains the app in more detail and gives an example mix solution and how to mix it.
Currently it is available through the Play Store on Android devices and Chrome books.
I hope this helps you too! If you do try it, I would appreciate any feedback about your experience with it and any ideas to enhance it.
Happy color mixing, and I hope you make it to wizard status some day!