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The Artist's Guide to Selecting Colours

The Artist's Guide to Selecting Colours

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By: Michael Wilcox

This is a book about artists’ paints: a guide to the selection of a suitable palette in watercolours, oil paints, acrylics, gouache or alkyds. It will enable you to identify the good, the indifferent, and the bad. The book also outlines the characteristics and temperaments of each colour and lists the suitable as well as the unsuitable pigments that you will come across.

Did you know that:

  • Certain student quality colors are superior to their artist quality equivalent?
  • Hooker’s Green, Sap Green and Olive Green usually contain cheap, inferior industrial pigments which will ruin your work?
  • Quinacridone Violet is a superb, transparent, lightfast violet-red?
  • Genuine Van Dyke Brown is known by all manufacturers to fade badly?
  • Payne’s Gray is a mix of black and Ultramarine Blue which is easily duplicated without the use of black?
  • Genuine Rose Madder fades badly as a watercolour?
  • Whether selecting watercolours, oils, acrylics, gouache or alkyds, this book will guide you to paints that are superb and warn against those that fade or darken.
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