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The Color Mix

Color Mixing in Acrylic: Sneak Peek

Color is a key component in art and painting and a crucial aspect of successfully completing an acrylic painting. Artists must learn how to mix fresh, vibrant colors in acrylic for painting almost any subject. 

We're excited to bring you this sneak peek from Color Mixing in Acrylic by Daniel Lloyd Glover, due to publish in August 2014. Try these tips for setting up your palette.

Setting Up a Palette

Limiting your palette will help you create unity in a painting. As a professional landscape painter, I prefer a simple palette of seven paint colors. However, there are a vast array of pigments available, which can help you develop a specialized palette if needed. Portrait painters might use several premixed hues that are useful for skin, hair, and eyes; floral painters might select colors that closely match the particular flowers in their paintings. An effective starter palette for learning color basics is as follows:

how to set up paint palette

The pigments in this palette are vivid and interact well with each other. You can create any color you need with these colors. Once you are fully acquainted with the basic colors in your palette, try adding a few additional colors that might offer you shortcuts for mixing. You may find the following colors useful:

set up acrylic paint palette

Artist's Tip

Purchase a large tube of titanium white, as you will likely use this paint more than any other in your palette.

Images and text excerpted from Color Mixing in Acrylic by Daniel Lloyd Glover, publishing in August 2014

How Do You Set Up Your Palette?

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