colour mixing tests

Hi again.

I am enjoying my term in class, and I already feel I’m going to be challenged. There are so many things I want to explore, and the topics we’ll be discussing are compelling: identity, anonymity, politics, internet, social media, business, Capitalism… Well, all of them rather pedestrian for anyone studying anything. But the twist of studying these concepts as related to art, how they interact and correlate to individual artists and art movements…

I can’t wait.

In the meantime I thought it would be good to share these. They are simply colour tests I did inspired by some of my summer readings: Lapices de colores by John Barber and Color by Betty Edwards (I read them in Spanish).

I won’t go into details, just one tip I learned from both of them: when using new media it is advisable to test the colours and see how they mix between them. In the examples below there are some of my tests. These samples helped me realise that I needed to get additional colours to achieve the particular tones I wanted. Some inspired me to make drawings using those tones or those techniques.



mixing black and white acrylics


mixing green and red between them and with white and black acrylic


yellow and violet watercolour pencils


Orange acrylic mixed with increasing amounts of blue


mixing primary red and blue with yellow (crayons)


mixing oil pastels with torchon


mixing food colouring


watercolour pencils (primary colours and their complementary ones)


mixing crayons by scratching top layer


primary soft pastels and wash mixed with white

It was useful to be reminded in class that editing is good: there’s no point sharing everything and overloading our visitors/readers with information. I have left out quite a few other samples. You are welcome.

Thanks for reading this, I hope you enjoyed it.

There are still some more scheduled posts with my summer drawings, and probably some more new ones will be inspired by my course. See you again soon!