Beautiful Watercolour Greys and Neutrals
Watercolour Greys and Neutrals
Greys or neutrals were probably my least favourite of all watercolour mixes – grey = dull = mud, or so I thought!
One day I was playing around with my paints , concentrating on trying to create the effect of bark on a silver birch tree, I mixed a couple of colours willy nilly for the back ground and accidentally produced an absolutely beautiful translucent grey.
The Perfect Surrounding
I began to study grey –
red & green (because green is made of blue and yellow)
A Luminous Grey you can see through.
1. Make sure you are using transparent pigments not opaque.
2. If you you are using three different pigments ; ie a blue, a yellow and a red, make sure that it is biased/leaning towards one of the primaries, not equally mixed. ie slighly blueish grey, slightly redish grey or laening towards yellow = a slighly yellowish grey.
3. The scan on the right shows the 6 greys with their complimentary colours in the centre of the squares.
For example the top left square is a grey leaning towards blue and in the centre of blues complimentary colour of cadmium orange. To show you the maximum contrast you could have by placing an octanic colour against a luminous grey.
The Large Grey Squares are all RMG (Rose Madder Genuine) +CB ( Cobalt Blue) + HYM (Hansa Yellow Medium) mixes.
The colours are abreviated as –
- CO=cadmium orange
- QC = Quinachradone Gold
- HYM = Hansa Yellow Medium
- Pth bl = Pthalo Blue
- VI = Viridian
- LR = Light Red
Mud Glorious Mud!
Great Little Video from Angela Fehr on American Watercolor Weekly ,showing the mixing of complimentary colours.
Brilliant article from American Watercolour, with Dan Marshall explaining the beauty and importance of neutrals.