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The Color Mix

Cerulean Blue

Color Mixing Guide

"Why do two colors, put one next to the other, sing? Can one really explain this?" ~Pablo Picasso

color mixing abstract painting

Image excerpted from Modern Acrylics by Patti Mollica

Let's talk about mixing values.

"Value is the lightness or darkness of a color. On the color wheel, yellow has the lightest value and purple has the darkest. Notice that the colors change in value, becoming lighter as they move up the color wheel and darker as they move down the color wheel." ~William F. Powell

color mixing color wheel

The chart below demonstrates value recipes for Cerulean Blue.

Palette: Cerulean Blue • Ivory Black • Titanium White

cerulean blue color mixing

"Mixing Values" images and text excerpted from 1500 Color Mixing Recipes for oil, acrylic & watercolor by William F. Powell

What kind of subjects would you paint with these cerulean blue recipes? Oceans? A field of blue flowers? A bright abstract?

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