OIL PAINT COLOUR MIXING – 5 TOP TIPS
Welcome once again to Emily McCormack-Artist’s blog on all things Oil Painting.
So, you now have your painting kit, know how to lay out the painting palette, and are ready to start mixing paint. But, instead of vibrant and intense colour, you are getting dull grey or brown mixes or worse still, you have a fear of mixing or haven’t a clue where to start!!
Well, this week, beginners, you are in luck, as we are taking a look at my 5 top tips for colour mixing. *
TOP TIP 1 – MIXING YELLOW AND WHITE
This is an easy way to start, from your tube oil paint squeeze out some Titanium White and some Cadmium Yellow on to the edge of your painting palette. It doesn’t matter if it’s Cadmium Yellow – Light, Lemon, Medium or Deep.
Now, take some Cadmium Yellow and place it in the middle of your palette. You can use a brush or palette knife to do this. Then, clean your brush or palette knife and scoop up some Titanium White. Mix the Titanium White with the Cadmium Yellow to get a lighter yellow colour. What you should find, is that you need an enormous quantity of Titanium White to lighten up the Cadmium Yellow.
Whereas, if you place the Titanium White first and then add a very tiny amount of the Cadmium Yellow you will instantly get the lighter yellow colour.
So, Top Tip 1 – place the white first and then the colour.