Mixing Rich Blacks and Pretty Grays
|"At the End of the Day II" (watercolor with pen and ink) by Helen K Beacham - Sold.|
No black used in this painting, other than the drawing lines.
Burnt Sienna + French Ultramarine Blue
Cadmium Red Light + French Ultramarine Blue
Cadmium Red Light + French Ultramarine Blue + Aureolin Yellow
Alizarin Crimson + Thalo Green
Alizarin Crimson + Hooker's Green
Alizarin Crimson + Hooker's Green + French Ultramarine Blue
There are infinitely more mixtures available to you...this is just a start.
If you add more water to the mixes shown above, you transform the blacks into beautiful, soft grays. Extra tip: Really, any mixture of 3 primaries will result in pretty grays. Even in the 2-color mixtures above, if you think about it, it's 3 primaries that you're using. For instance, in the Alizarin Crimson/Hookers Green combo, the green is made up of yellow and blue. Added to the red (Alizarin Crimson), you get a gray. There are an infinite number of combinations you can make as a result of whatever colors you already have on your palette.
|"Cypress Knees" by Helen K Beacham - Available.|
The water in the foreground comes off looking gray (*), but it's made up of blue, green and alizarin.
(*) Watercolor artists are all about the "illusions" we can provide our viewers.
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