Just tinker away and develop your own chart(s), for your preferred
brand(s) of acrylics. Online "color charts" can be very inaccurate
(unless you rely solely on the formula info, as opposed to "color chips".)
Some of the best charts, to use as "building blocks" to expand for your
own use, are still those provided by Shep Paine, in his books published
Just remember one thing: It is best to work with the standard "pure"
primary and secondary colors, when developing your own formulas. Mixing
drab military-esque colors often results in a frustration of grayed-out
colors; far from what you probably intended.
Just a few ideas that I have developed for my own use:
1) When making "grays", don't mix black+white. I like to experiment
with mixing tans or flesh-tones with black, to make "warm" grays.
2) Mixing orange+black can often give you better khaki-ish colors,
that if you started with some form of green.
3) In any case...TINKER TINKER TINKER! - and share your results
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FWIW On line color charts are very risky, everybody's computer screen
may see it a bit differently. Go to an artist's supply store and look
for one, Michael's is a good suggestion.
"Jason M." wrote:
Go to your local art supply store and get a Color Wheel. This is a
little cardboard doodad that will tell you what colors to mix to get
another color. Since I was a kid, I've always had a problem
remembering what colors to mix to get a third color. Then at a local
IPMS meeting, someone did a presentation on custom color mixing and
showed us how to use the color wheel. I tried mixing some paints based
on what was said at the presentation and using the color wheel and it
really works. I've lost most of my phobia of mixing custom colors
thanks to the color wheel.
I do some airbrushing and have had great success with experiments...
some bombs too. GEt a color wheel and it will help.
An example of a winner is black and yellow make a great OD Green...
and you can change it by adding a little gray or more or less yellow.
I also have mixed up some nice light/faded OD's this way. Most off
the shelf colors are too generic for many applications and only a few
paint makers make "faded" versions...
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