Oil Paint Colors
Primary colors are red, yellow, and
blue. You can mix virtually any color using these three
primary colors. Of course, you can get other colors to help you
mix and obtain the colors you desire such as Cadmium Yellow,
Yellow Ochre, Lemon Yellow, and Naples Yellow.
Many colors are mixed using just two colors.
For example, green is mixed from yellow and blue. To make that
green a browner green, you add red to your mix.
When mixing colors, you must first put the
predominant color on your mixing area first. For example, if
you want to mix a reddish orange, you must first put red on
your mixing area first, then add yellow. Add a little yellow
into the red little by little until you have the desired
color. If you put yellow on your mixing area first, then
add red, you will end up with a yellowish orange. You then need
to add a lot more paint to your mix to make the reddish orange.
This will waste more paint than necessary.
In oil painting, white paint is often used
to make colors lighter. Titanium white is one of the most used
in oil painting than other colors.
If you are mixing a light color, you must
start with Titanium white and mix into that. If you start with
the other color, you may end up having to use a lot more
Titanium white than you plan.
Mixing colors come with practice.
After a while you will get the hang of
mixing colors. It comes with practice and it does not matter if
you color is a little off or if mixing the second time the
color is different from the first. Just keep adding to the
predominant color until you get the right color.