1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor

Achieve precise color when painting landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and more

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Pub Date 22 Jun 2021 | Archive Date 16 Mar 2021

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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 compendium is color coded 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:Look in the Color Index for the subject you want to paint—for example, "Broccoli."Find the Color Recipe with the subject's recipe number ("81") and a photo of the actual paint mixture.Use the Color Mixing Grid to measure each paint color.Mix the color. It's that easy! You’ll also learn about color theory, mixing values, complementary colors, graying color naturally, mixing portrait colors, rendering skies and clouds, and more.

Also available from Walter Foster's best-selling Color Mixing Recipes series: Color Mixing Recipes for Oil & Acrylic, Color Mixing Recipes for Watercolor, Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits, and Color Mixing Recipes for Landscapes.
1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor is the definitive color-mixing resource for oil, acrylic, and watercolor artists. This user-friendly compendium is color coded for...

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As someone who is still learning how to mix paint colors to develop color palettes that I like, I found that this book contains so many helpful tips. There are examples and extensive color grids on how to achieve skin tones, eye colors, landscape colors, and much more. Anyone who is new to color theory or would like tips on how to mix colors will really benefit from this book. Thank you to NetGalley and Quarto Publishing for providing me with an advance copy in exchange for a review.

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This is the best guide for colour-mixing that I've ever seen! The recipes are precise and well-organized, and have so many different options. Making the correct colour is always tricky, and this is the perfect guide for getting the right colour every time, for every project!

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I am painfully aware that one of my weaknesses in painting is mixing colors. So glad therefore to have had a look at this book. I tried a few of the watercolor recipes and it looked pretty good even though I did not have all the exact colors. I liked how you can look in the index for something you want to paint and then refer to the recipe numbers for the colors you need to mix. With more practice and a more complete set of the recommended colours, surely my color mixing will improve! I use watercolor and acrylic paint so this volume will really come in handy. Looking forward to buying a copy for my library!

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Color mixing is a very difficult task for a realist painter, as the paints as they come out of the tube are rarely those that we find in nature. This volume contains tremendous amount of information and makes this difficult task much more easier saving precious time. You search up a subject, and identify its colors (dark medium and light tones) with the number assigned, under the colors you find the recipes that show how many parts or what percent you need of the basic colors. There are recipes for portraits and landscapes, for oil, acrylic and watercolor paints, also basic color theory notices. Really very useful.

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I received an eARC from NetGalley for the purposes of writing this review. I have a lot of artists in my family which is what led me to this book initially. A lot of the benefit of working with traditional materials, especially paint, is the fact that you can create almost any color even if it doesn’t come in a tube. This book is a fantastic reference for artists who want to understand how to create the color they’re looking for. It’s especially helpful in that it provides information for oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints. It also has sections dedicate to specific uses - such as for painting landscapes, skin tones, and hair. I could see this book being a great birthday or holiday present for an artist. It’s not a book you read straight through to learn how to paint or to learn color theory - rather, the author lets the reader sort that out on their own time and use this book as it’s intended: as a reference and guide to color mixing.

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Loved this book it has so many helpful mixing tips. There are very detailed color grids on how to mix colors to achieve a huge variety of applications. This book is perfect for anyone wanting to truly customize paint colors,. Any artist who is new to color or would like to mix colors will find this book a phenomenal resource. I received this book from NetGalley for an honest review.

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Every artist should have at least one color mixing book. I have three of William Powell’s color mixing books. His are all very useful and I like his color mixing chart to measure out your paints. I have a print copy and electronic copy of 1500 color recipes. Some of the color swatches are different when you compare the book to the electronic version. I would recommend 1500 color mixing recipes over the one for portraits and the one that is just oil and acrylic. The reason is there is so much more information in 1500. Not just the watercolor recipes, 1500 includes landscape recipes. I was surprised to find that it included all of the information from the portrait color mixing book. I highly recommend William Powell’s 1500 color mixing recipes for oil, acrylic, and watercolor. I received this galley from NetGalley.

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This book provides colour mixing recipes for use in a variety of mediums (oil, acrylic, watercolour). It explains how much paint you will need, and provides a mixing grid for you to use. It also shows how a colour changes with the addition of white, water or blacks. The book is like going to B&Q and looking at their colour swatch cards, telling you the paints and their quantities required to achieve the same colour. If doing portraits, the book includes a chapter on skin, lips, eye colours for you to get the correct shading along with tips on how to paint the warm and cool areas of the body parts. Similarly for landscapes, the book contains mixes for clouds, sky, trees and mountains. If you know the object you wish to paint, say beaver fur, there is an index at the rear of the book that provides the recipe number that is most suitable for your painting. this is a thoroughly excellent book on those who wish to get the correct colour without having to guess at the quantities required to get the mix correct. I received this book from Netgalley in return for a honest review.

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A revised edition of a popular volume by William F. Powell. Amateur and professional artists will find the charts and recipes extremely helpful, both for mixing precise shades, and for inspiration. A useful reference volume with some tips for using the most accurate colors for everything from eyes to landscapes.

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Color mixing can be challenging and this book will guide you but it also contains a lot of information to process. I don't believe this book is made for beginners. I mainly wanted to learn information for watercolor paints but the book will provide information for oil and acrylic as well. The book is mainly used as a reference and guide to color mixing. Thank you for an eARC from NetGalley for the purposes of writing this review.

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