Manganese Blue Hue Mixing

March 21, 2022 | 3 Comments

I’ve had Daniel Smith Manganese Blue Hue(MBH) in my palette for nearly a year now and today I finally got around to doing a few mixing strips with it. When I was in Beechworth in May 2021 my friend Angela Williams re-introduced me to this colour. I had MBH in my palette back in 2011 which you can see here, so it was not a new colour for me.

I said at the time: Angela was using it for skies and it looked very similar in characteristics to Cobalt but is a more greenish-blue.  I think mixing Cobalt with Manganese Blue Hue would be the perfect match for our skies. (See more here.)

I halved my Cerulean Blue Chromium (CBC) and have had a half/pan of MBH in my palette ever since.

I still love the granulating and sedimentary characteristics of CBC but I am finding that I’m using MBH a little more often. This is mainly because I have indeed ended up using it a lot with Cobalt for Australian skies. Note: Our skies are more blue-green than northern hemisphere skies which are often a perfect match for Cobalt Blue.

It also makes a lot of beautiful subtle greys and greens.

I haven’t made a final decision about CBC and MBH, but I’m definitely enjoying having both in my palette at the moment.

To find out more about the blue pigments in my palette and the reasons why please refer to this article.

Does anyone else have this colour in your palette?


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