Over the weekend in the Watercolour On Location classroom, I got asked about the glowing colours I get from my shadow grey mixes. So in order to answer the question accurately, I did a few new swatches, being careful to observe how much pigment and water I was using.
I did two tests with these favourite combinations – French Ultramarine and Transparent Red Oxide (a Burnt Sienna substitute) and then Cobalt Blue and Transparent Red Oxide. I was using ‘juicy washes’ for these and then added some more water for the bottom part of the swatches so that they were ‘watery’.
- SCH = Schmincke, DS = Daniel Smith
- I’m using a Moleskine Watercolour sketchbook.
- Juicy and watery are terms which I define in my SketchingNow Watercolour course Lesson 1.
- I also use my own quirky pre-mix of Steel’s Grey and a mix with Cerulean Blue chromium but at the moment these two are my most used shadow grey mixes.
What is your favourite shadow grey mix?