Mixing colours with artist’s own made low budget PVA paint.


Yesterday we made low budget PVA paint. Today we are going to see how well the colours stand when we start mixing them together.
We will also make a colour diagram of the PVA and oil colours.  I hope that teachers and artists will follow the workshop and discover how you can also make your own paints.

Ground rules of each workshop[see previous post]

Artists gossip round

After yesterdays workshop Moffat, Gersham, Mavis, Wycliffe, Joe, Kres ,Sky and K_
went to the opening at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. Nicholas Mukomberanwa (1940 – 12 November 2002).  We discussed who we met and what we saw.

Introduction to making mixing colours

Paint is made out of pigment and a binder (medium) . We can mix magenta, cyan, yellow and black to make practically any colour (offset CMYK printing). If you want to have a more varied and consistent pallet you will use a wider range of pigments.

Make a mind map: 5 min
name the pigments that you know.

output cadmium orange, cadmium red, carmine, cobalt violet, ultra marine blue, phthalo turquoise…

results: In the shops of Harare there is a limited overlapping colour range available (oils and acrylics). We do not need all of them, rather choose your colours with care.

Mixing our own paints: 60 min
Yesterday we made our own paints. Today we are going to test them and see if we can produce the colour wheel. Mix glue, pigment and water.

output: we mixed the 3 pigments with glue and water and made our colour wheels

discussing our results: 20 min

  • The PVA paint did very well with the warm colours. The purple was very difficult to control. Even adding a little white did not help. We had red,

conclusions: if we want to make full use of the home made paint, it would be good to buy a magenta pigment or invest in a purple acrylic.

Part 2
Mixing oils
:60 min

To get a feel for the colours we are going to make colour tones. By adding white or black we want to experiment to see when a colour ‘breaks apart’. For instance adding a little black to yellow will quickly turn the yellow into a sickly green.

testing out the oil colours

testing out the colours


http://kasselpainting.com, note adding white to purple will break the colour, but purple can take black. On the other hand yellow can not take black very well, but does better with white.

output: we made our colour fields, carefully noting the colours that appeal to us and which ones do not work

results:  with the colour chart that we have made today, it is easy to recall the colours that we can make ourselves. In this way you can divert away from the limited preprocessed colours. When It will also make it easier to distinguish the warmer colours and cooler colours. This is important when we want to get depth into the painting. Warm colours for the foreground, cool colours for the back.
note: In Harare you can buy W&N oil paints. The cheaper Chinese brand in 170ml are just fine.

next: painting Gaidaro the otherself style with our own made paints