Sunday, June 20, 2021

Color Mixing Recipes for Oil Acrylic: Mixing Recipes for More Than 450 Color Combinations - Includes One Color Mixing Grid


Color Mixing Recipes for Oil Acrylic is a tutorial guide with recipes for palette mixing by William F. Powell. Originally released in 1994 this reformat and re-release is due out 22nd June 2021 from Quarto on their Walter Foster imprint. It's 48 pages and will be available in paperback format.

This is a no-nonsense bare bones mixing guide for oil & acrylic paint. The mixing diagrams are specific and useful. The charts are arranged according to color and contain specific values and ranges for 450 colors from about 31 base colors (Burnt sienna, Burnt umber, Cadmium orange, Cadmium red light, Cadmium yellow, etc). The base color counts are different for oil and acrylic in this book and approximations are given as mixtures.

The author has also included a short tutorial on paint mixing specifically for portraiture with a good overview over values and tones for skin colors across a wide range of skins.The book also includes a short tutorial about color theory. 

This is a very short booklet but a useful one. It would make a good reference for maker's spaces, studios, library acquisition, or the home studio. 

Four stars. 

Disclosure: I received an ARC at no cost from the author/publisher for review purposes.

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