Mixing paints with Jane

May 27, 2013 | 2 Comments

I had the most amazing time with Jane Blundell today – trying out all different pigments and going through alternatives to tighten up my minimum palette. Amazing to find someone who knows the options that I have been tossing up – Quin Rose vs Red vs Magenta? Do I need a purple or do I just mix?…. Do I have too many blues- which ones can I mix? etc etc

Talk about a kid in a candy store! I feel so unbelievably fortunate to have had such expert guidance today and to work through my palette systematically (though with a few tangents) and then to just have a bit of fun with a few crazy colours. We both love granulating colours!

Jane knows SO much – just like the handprint.com site, has tested SO many paints and brands and has it all recorded in an unbelievable systematic way.

I was able to buy some Daniel Smith full pans to try and some tubes directly from her (no waiting for an order to come from interstate!). I am now in possession of some Transparent Pyrrol Orange – I am most excited about this- a gorgeous colour and great mixer and perfect for my warm red. I also discovered a new way to fill pans – more of this later.

I met Jane at last months monthly meeting of the Kuringai art society. You can read about the night here.

We are just SO much on the same wavelength when it comes to pigments – that it almost a bit scary..but a lot of fun when we get together just to play with paint!

Jane has a blurb book of her colour mixing tests if any one is interested.


  • Ginie Udy says:

    Liz, I can only imagine what a wonderful time you had with Jane! I feel so blessed to have people like you and her in Sydney, leading and inspiring the sketching community. I want to let you know I have just purchased a tube of WN Cobalt Blue Deep and DS Quin Burnt Orange so I can mix up your magic shadow colour! With a touch of Quin Rose too. Both of these colours are just so beautiful and the mix is wonderful. Thank you for your extensive exploration of pigments and how they combine and for recording so diligently your findings.

    You are a national treasure!

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