But for me it is colour in the form of watercolour pigments that I love most of all. It is colour in the context of pigments suspended in water and the way they interact with each other that gets me very excited. I love dropping pigments into a puddle of water – moving them around or just watching what they do themselves. So when I do some colour mixing I do it in a messy way.
One of the very special friendships that I have made in the last 18 months has been with Jane Blundell – ‘Colour Jane’. We have SO much in common in regard to our love of watercolour (and a few other things as well). Jane is without doubt the queen of colour mixing and her colour charts are a work of art in themselves. I am in awe of them and so glad that she is producing these for all of us to benefit from – thanks Jane!
But me… I am a messy mixer! These are a few photos from my separate Colour sketchbook – Volume 1 where I did lots of tests comparing pigments(more here)… but despite all the hours I have spent exploring and researching (no idea how many hours I have spent looking at the handprint site) I have NEVER done a formal mixing chart. All those little squares to fill in and constantly cleaning my brush and palette puts me off a little.
So last week I thought it was about time – and my minimal palette with only 6 colours makes it a lot easier. I had the intention of doing a neat colour chart with two versions of each mix – just like this lovely one by Nina Johansson. But somehow it morphed into a Liz-style messy mixing chart.
It isn’t a beautiful pristine graphic of colour but I am already finding it really useful. The black squares are the combinations I use most of all.
And just as a follow up… this is what I really should do for each colour combination. A messy puddle of the two colours mixed on the page – moved around, dropped in, splashed over AND then more controlled mixes graduating from one colour to the other – varying the water and brush strokes. Hmm, I like this… can you hear my brain ticking over with an idea for my next colour book??