A few of you have asked me, “How do you mix turquoise?” Even though I include many blues in my paintings, I don’t think I have consciously mixed turquoise. Curiosity got the best of me.
When we think of turquoise, many of us probably think of the stone. As you can see here, there is a fairly large range of hues.This got me thinking. What is the difference between aqua, turquoise and teal? Google did not disappoint. Here is one photo my researched revealed. I find it interesting because I have probably referred to all three of these hues as “turquoise” as some time or another . How about you?
Here is One Approach to How to Mix Turquoise?
I did a little experimenting and determined the three main tube colors needed for mixing turquoise are: blue, white and yellow. The next questions are: which blues and which yellows? Intuitively, I made an assumption that my blue would be a green-blue and my yellow would be a green-yellow. However, after further thought, I decided I needed to include a red-blue and an orange-yellow to see what would happen. I wanted to see if I would be surprised. [Read more…]