I wasn’t too interested in reading about the theories and practises behind painting when I was just starting out. Now that I’ve been doing this for a while however, I’ve begun to develop an interest in certain topics as they arise organically in my work. Most recently I’ve delved into the world of colour mixing, as I continue to be mystified by its vagaries, cloaked in a disarming illusion of easy-peasyness.
This listing of online colour mixing resources is made up of the things I found most helpful during my recent frenzy of research on the topic.
- Everything you ever wanted to know about black paint and how to make it.
- An introduction to colour bias — this was a flipping revelation!
- An excellent general colour mixing guide from Golden with some fun colour recipes using combinations you might not have thought to try.
After going through these resources (and plenty more) I have a lot to go on with and won’t be doing any further reading until I’ve experimented a bit. I did come across quite a few recommendations for books on the topic, however, which I made a note of for future me. Of all the books I saw recommended, these are the ones which made it to my “to-read” list:
“Color Choices: Making Color Sense Out of Color Theory” by Stephen Quiller
A very enticing synopsis states this book: “shows readers how to discover their own personal “color sense”… a book that offers readers a fresh perspective on perfecting their own color styles.”
“Colour” by Victoria Finlay
The history of colours. Not something I’d read cover-to-cover but it would be fun to dip in and out of, gathering arcane tidbits here and there.
If colour bias was a revelation to you too, this might tickle your fancy.
Finding quality resources online invariably involves wading through some chaff, so I hope this resource took some of the pain out of it for you.