Beautiful Greys and Neutrals
Greys and Neutrals
Grey was probably my least favourite of all colours – 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.