1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor: Achieve precise color when painting landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and more

1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor: Achieve precise color when painting landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and more

by William F Powell

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1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor is the definitive color-mixing resource for oil, acrylic, and watercolor artists. This user-friendly spiral-bound book is tabbed for quick and easy reference and includes two removable color-mixing grids—one for oil or acrylic, and one for watercolor.

Follow these four simple steps to mix more than 1,500 color combinations:

  1. Look in the Color Guidance Index for the subject you want to paint—for example, “Broccoli.”
  2. Find the Color Recipe with the subject’s recipe number (“81”) and a photo of the actual paint mixture.
  3. Use the Color Mixing Grid to measure each paint color.
  4. Mix the color.

It’s that easy! You’ll also learn about color theory, color value mixing, graying color naturally, mixing flesh and portrait colors, and rendering skies and clouds .
Also available from Walter Foster's best-selling Color Mixing Recipes series : Color Mixing Recipes for Oil & Acrylic, Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits, and Color Mixing Recipes for Landscapes .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781600582837
Publisher: Foster, Walter Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 08/01/2012
Series: Color Mixing Recipes Series
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 87,380
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

William F. Powell studied at the Art Student's Career School in New York; Harrow Technical College in Harrow, England; and the Louvre Free School of Art in Paris, France. His work has been represented in major galleries and reproduced in the form of illustrations, prints, and limited-edition collector's plates. He has been professionally involved in fine art, commercial art, and illustration for more than 45 years. His experience as an instructor includes oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, colored pencil, and pastel with subjects ranging from landscapes and seascapes to still life, portraiture, and wildlife. He holds awards for the technical side of his art, which has been used in major space and environmental programs.

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At the end of this book you will find three separate indexes. The Color Guidance Index includes all recipes for the Oil & Acrylic and Watercolor sections. Unless otherwise noted, the recipe number is the same in both the Oil & Acrylic and Watercolor sections. To find the recipe you need, simply look in the indexes for the subject you want to paint (e.g., “Tomato, Red”). Find the subject’s recipe number in the appropriate section. Note that some index entries list page numbers instead of, or in addition to, recipe numbers.

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book
Color Theory
General Color Mixing for Oil & Acrylic
General Color Mixing for Watercolor
Color Mixing for Portraits
Color Mixing for Landscapes
Color Guidance Index
Color Guidance Index—Portraits
Color Guidance Index—Landscapes
Oil/Acrylic Conversion Chart
About the Author

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