The Color Mix
12/06/13 By Angela Corpus
Vibrant, bold, beautiful phthalo blue—I could write poetry about how much I adore this color. Whether you are a novice artist or an experienced color-mixing enthusiast, you have probably learned to use phthalo blue with care. Known for its strength, it can easily overpower many of its palette friends. If phthalo was a person, it would probably be that enigmatic personality that is often the life of the party.
According to the wikipedia page dedicated to the color, phthalo blue "was first developed as a pigment in the mid-1930s." Phthalo is pronounced f-thay-low. Though "f-th" is not a common english sound, it is suprisingly fun to say—adding even more to phthalo blue's clever personality.
Check out this color mixing chart excerpted from Color Theory, which details how phthalo blue mixes to create vibrant greens and purples.
This starry watercolor, painted by artist Joseph Stoddard, is a lovely example of the violets that phthalo blue can create. You can learn to paint this night scene with the Walter Foster Watercolor Painting Kit.
Image excerpted from the Walter Foster Watercolor Painting Kit
Tell us about how you use phthalo blue in your artwork!
Angela is Marketing Manager for the Quarto Publishing Group USA. A Chicago gal at heart, she recently relocated to southern California and can usually be found exploring the beaches, feeding her newfound inner artist, and chasing sunsets with her camera. A collector of stories old and new, she's an avid postcard sender, and origami cranes always seem to tag along on her travels. Follow her adventures on Twitter: @angelacorpus
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