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  • Publisher: Search Press
  • Edition: BC Paperback
  • Publication: 23 June 2016
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781782210566
  • Stock: 50+
  • Size: 155x215 mm
  • Illustrations: 55
  • Pages: 48
  • RRP: £6.99
  • Series: Colour Mixing Guides
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Colour Mixing Guide: Oils


by Julie Collins

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Book Description

Everything the artist needs to know 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 for oils using widely available Winsor & Newton colours. Clear, practical and beautifully presented advice.

A clear, comprehensive guide to colour mixing for the artist using oil paints. It begins with simple colour theory and a colour wheel, with a template provided so that readers can paint their own; a vital step towards understanding colour. There is vividly illustrated guidance on complementary, warm and cool colours, colour tone, using a limited palette, dull and bright colours and factoring in local colour. There follows an array of essential colour mixes using widely available Winsor & Newton colours. A beautifully presented and practical guide to understanding and mixing colours.

Table of Contents

Colours used in this book8
Colour wheel10
Primary colours12
Secondary colours14
Tertiary colours15
Complementary colours16
Warm and cool colors18
Colour tone20
Using a limited palette22
Dull and bright colours26
Local colour27
Colour mixes28
Yellows and oranges28
Reds and pinks32
Violets and blues36
Blacks and greys46

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 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, first prize in the 2019 Watercolour Award at the Royal West of England Academy Annual Exhibition. 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.


The Artist

Jan 2017

Colour mixing guides tend to fall into the category of either very simple or exhaustingly complicated. This is one of the former. At only 48 pages, there's no room for every possible combination of colours and nuance of tint, but the trade-off is that you won't have to search through pages of almost identical blotches to find what you want. Julie Collins also condenses the apparatus of theory and practice into what we might call packed-lunch size sections. Her look at primary, secondary, tertiary colours is easy to understand and she also deals with warm and cool colours and the importance of tone. The final and main section is a straightforward catalogue of mixes organised by the predominant colour and showing effect of tinting white.

Thiagarajan PK

Like for any discipline, knowledge and mastery of the tools and materials differentiates the master and novice. This book by Julie Collins can aptly be stated as covering the ABCs of Color Mixing. The first part of the book addresses to a new self starter in oil painting and covers quickly and in simple terms, the concepts of the Color Wheel and prompts the reader to explore the vast combinations of color mixes. The later part of the book ( a good portion of 20 Pages) provides the color pallette for various mixes. This part of the book makes it a quick reference material for people who take to painting now and then, saving them time in recollecting the color mixes needed for arriving at their desired choice. Would recommend this book for its simplicity and for its usage as a good reference material for color mixes.

Kerry Clifton

 I found this colour mixing guide by Julie Collins simple but very informative and explanatory. In the first few chapters she covers all the materials needed. A good thing I found was she only uses 13 colours, which is good for those who would love to paint but are on a budget. In the latter chapters Julie includes a lot of photos of her mixes for reference which I found very useful. Overall a very informative book for the price

The Leisure Painter

Summer 2016

Search Press has added a new title to its colour mixing guides to acoompany Julie Collins' books on acrylics and watercolours. This one focuses on oils. Opening with simple colour theory and colour wheels, the book moves on to look complementary, warm and cool colours, before describing an array of essential colour mixes achievable using Winsor and Newton colours. A book you'll want to keep close to hand and refer to often.

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