Four Formulas for Mixing Black

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  • #131648
     Sandra Strait 
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    I came across this article on mixing ‘blacks’ in watercolor.  It’s short and hits the basics, so good for beginners, but also gives you some options for warm and cool darks.

    Four Formulas for Mixing Black

    #131795
     lisa calcut 
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    @lisa_3

    love this thank you

     

    #131981
     Kate Powell 
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    @kate-powell

    Love Craftsy — nice article!

    #131982
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    Our own Tonya L has written a good post on mixing black/darks, as well.

    #132020
     Donna Giannattasio 
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    @donna-giannattasio

    THANKS 🙂  I’ve been stuck on burnt sienna and french ultramarine but will try the others 🙂

    #132024
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    Burnt Sienna and Ultramarine is my stand-by.  I usually have a well of it mixed up, but I do like making mixes that reflect the colors I’m using through-out the painting.

    #134622
     Alice Hendon 
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    @alice-dean-hendon

    Looks interesting, Sandra. I need to get a few more of the colors before I can try this.

    #134627
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    It’s a good thing to mix your blacks – but I admit to using more Payne’s gray than I should, lol.

    #134640
     Kate Powell 
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    @kate-powell

    I almost never ever use black and when I do it is often the linework or ink… Amazing how different we all are.  Both of these articles are tucked away.  I tend to use mixes of Primatek Hematite, or Graphites, to Paynes Blue, or Sepias.  When do you guys use them?

    #134641
     Sandra Strait 
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    @sandra-strait

    I almost never use black pigment, except for Payne’s Gray or occasionally neutral tint, and most of the time that is if I’m in a hurry (like with my daily Postcards for the Lunch Bag, often) or if the color just seems to be Payne’s Gray.  A lot of animals and birds are that bluish-gray-black color and I can’t see trying to mix it if you’ve already got it.

    If I really need ‘black’, I usually use a pen.  The rest of the time, I mix it in various ways. I have an ice tray with 3 or 4 mixes of Ultramarine Blue and Burnt Sienna in different concentrations, and often use that, but as often as not, I’ll try to mix black using colors I’m using elsewhere on the canvas.

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