Have you ever stopped to ask, “What are the different approaches to mix color?” The answer: there are three ways to mix color and here they are:
1. Mixing on the painting palette
2. Mixing on the painting surface or substrate
3. Layering or glazing one color on top of a dried layer of color
The first color mixing approach is the most common and you have been doing so since you started painting. Hence it does not need to be reviewed, though this image serves as is a quick reminder.So let’s review one of the lesser used methods of mixing color, which is mixing directly on the painting surface. I made the mistake of not learning how to do this earlier in my painting career. I missed out on discovering how to create interesting textures and experiencing how visually exciting the results can be.
Color Tip: To assure success with these three ways to mix color, it is helpful to know the color bias of your primary colors, as well as understand the impact complementary colors have in this process.
Mixing on the surface is often done in wet-into-wet situations as seen here with watercolor. I splattered paint, as well as charged a wet puddle of paint with a brush loaded with color. The merging of these colors could not be achieved by mixing on a palette.