I’ve been really enjoying using my 6 colour Foundations palette this year. This palette lives in my ‘local’ bag which means that I use it for my daily coffee and sketch outings. A few weeks ago I did a further colour chart which I want to share with you today.
Previously I did the usual grid colour chart and while this was really fun to do (particularly at the large size thanks to the 11×14 sketchbook I was using at the time) it doesn’t immediately help me in my day to day sketching. When I’m out of location and I want to use a specific colour quickly I need to already know how to mix it and do it efficiently. In a limited palette of 6 colours, I often need to use 3 different colours to achieve the hue I want.
And so I created this chart to document the common colours I want to mix and the order and approximate proportion of each colour. Not only is this a better ‘quick guide’ to carry around with me (if I needed to do that) but the act of creating it recently cemented in my mind how to quickly achieve the mixes I want. So this is the type of colour chart that I highly recommend people to do! 🙂
BTW these are the colours in my 6 colour palette:
DS Hansa Yellow Medium PY97
DS Quinacridone Rose PV19
DS Ultramarine Blue PB29
DS Monte Amiata Natural Sienna PBr7
DS Transparent Red Oxide PR101
DS Cerulean Blue Chromium PB36
More about the selection of these six colours can be found here.
Finally, earlier in the week I shared this sketch of my 6 colour palette… with a few more pans in it.
This is what it now contains:
- a mixed green and a mixed grey for convenience
- Cobalt Turquoise Light (WN): my favourite paint and one that can’t be mixed
- Cobalt (DS): added mainly because of its pigment characteristic
Both of these extra colours haven’t actually been used yet… but I just feel better having them on hand!
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