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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 10 November 2015
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782210559
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 155x215 mm
  • Illustrations: 200
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP: £6.99
  • Series: Colour Mixing Guides
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Colour Mixing Guide: Acrylics


by Julie Collins

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Book Description

This pocket-sized, practical guide has everything the acrylic artist needs to know about colour mixing, from colour theory to complementary, warm and cool colours, colour tone, using a limited palette, dull and bright colours and local colour. There follows an array of essential colour mixes using widely available Winsor & Newton colours. Clear, practical and beautifully presented advice.

  • Clear, practical comprehensive guide
  • Achievable colour results with quick and easy tips
  • Uses readily available Winsor & Newton colours, easily subtituted by other ranges
  • Pocket-sized and practical for the artist
  • Colour wheel and template provided so readers can paint their own
  • Very little competition available

Table of Contents

Introduction 4
Material 6
Colours used in this book 8
Colour 10
Colour tone 20
Using a limited palette 22
Dull and bright colours 26
Local colour 27
Colour mixes 28
Glossary 48

About the Author

About Julie Collins

Julie Collins studied Fine Art at the University of Reading and has been an artist, writer and teacher since then. She has written a number of colour mixing guides and artists' problem-solving books and also writes for The Artist magazine. She works from her studio in Hampshire, UK, where she explores her passion for painting, drawing and crafts.

Julie has won numerous prestigious awards for her watercolour paintings, including, most recently, the award of first prize for Watercolour at the Royal West of England Academy Annual Exhibition 2019. Julie was also elected an associate Member of the Society of Women Artists in August 2019.

Julie is the author of the Colour Mixing Guides in Acrylics, Oils and Watercolour, published by Search Press.


Workshop on the Web

December 2016

Julie Collins previous book on colour mixing with watercolours was reviewed in our December 2015 issue. The latest book on Acrylics is a good addition to the series. It follows the same structure as the Watercolours book, using a limited palette (this time thirteen colours plus white) from primary and secondary colours but as a different medium, producing different colours and results.

The book explores the colour wheel, tone and dulling colours before moving onto the colour mixing catalogue. This book is a handy reference tool for planning a colour scheme and would be useful for creating a many layered piece for mixed media work.

Julie Collins makes the point at the beginning that you need to spend time mixing your colours in order to make the right choices for a piece of work. She likens it to an athlete warming up before a race rather than rushing into a 100m sprint. Its a great metaphor to consider when approaching colour.

Karen Platt- yarnsandfabrics.co.uk

Colour mixing guides take the mystery and chemistry out of the process to provide you with easy mixes giving you the colours you want. Colour theory is included. It uses widely available colours. When you need spot-on, repeatable colours, youll find this book essential. Its easy to use with very clear instructions

The Leisure Painter

January 2016

Julie Collins handy pocket sized guide to mixing acrylic colours contains 48 pages packed full of advice on mixing acrylic colours for all possible uses. Theres information on colour theory, complementary colours, warm and cool colours, colour tone, using a limited palette, dull and bright colours and using local colour. Julie uses readily available Winsor & Newton colours and presents the information in a clear practical way. A colour wheel and template are included so that readers can paint their own colour wheel.

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