Learn suggested LIMITED PALETTES colors!


by June Boxman

Each palette has 1 “Red,” 1 “Blue” and 1 “Yellow”!
By mixing these you can create all the colors of the color wheel.

Delicate Palette 1 (High Intensity - Creates beautiful violets and greens for flowers:)
  • Rose Madder Genuine (your red)
  • Cobalt Blue (your blue)
  • Aureolin (your yellow)

    You can add to this:
  • Maganese Blue
  • Viridian (You cannot make this color. It can flake when it dries, however, it is an important color)
  • Permanent Magenta

    Delicate Palette 2:
  • Permanent Magenta (your red)
  • Ultramarine Violet
  • Aureolin

    Standard Palette:
  • Cadmium Red (medium)
  • French Ultramarine
  • New Gamboge Or Indian Yellow

    You can add to this:
  • Transparent Yellow
  • Cadmium Scarlet (Red Light)
  • Cadmium Lemon
  • Phthalosionine Yellow Green
  • Hookers Green
  • Cadmium Orange

    (Some are transparent and some are opaque. Do not mix transparents with opaques.
    It will be transparent or opaque, depending how you use them.)

    Intense Palette (All transparents and high intensity.
    However, not great for valid violets):
  • Winsor Red (your red)
  • Winsor Blue Red Shade (Phtolo Blue)
  • Winsor Lemon

    You can add to this:
  • Phthlo Blue Green
  • Phthalo Green (Winsor Green -Yellow Shade)
  • Winsor Orange
  • Thioindigo Violet

    Alternate Violets (for better violets in the intense palettes)
  • Winsor Violet (Dioxazine Violet)
  • Thioindigo Violet

    Opaque Palette (Low Intensity Colors):
  • Indian Red
  • Cerulean Blue

  • Yellow Ochre
    You can add to this:
  • Naples Yellow (great color - you can't make it)

    Old Masters Pallet:
  • Burnt Sienna
  • Paynes Grey
  • Raw Sienna

    You can add to this:
  • Ivory Black
  • Neutral Tint
  • Olive Green

    (These will be transparent or opaque, depending on how you use them.)

    Earth Palette (dull):
  • Brown Madder (Red)
  • Indigo (Blue)
  • Quinacridone Gold (Yellow)

    Bright Earth Palette:
  • Perylene Maroon
  • Indanthrene Blue
  • Raw Sienna

    You can add to this:
  • Quin Gold
  • Indigo
  • Indanthrene Blue
  • Olive Green

    Alternate Traditional Palette:
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • French Ultramarine
  • Transparent Yellow


    Spring Palette:
  • Rose Madder Genuine
  • Cobalt Blue
  • Aureolin

    Summer Palette:
  • Alizarin Crimson
  • French Ultramarine
  • Cobalt Blue
  • New Gamboge

    Winter Palette:
  • Winsor Red
  • Phtlo Blue
  • Winsor Lemon

    Fall Palette:
  • Perylene Maroon
  • Indanthrene Blue
  • Cerulean Blue
  • Quin Gold

    Split Palettes (Mix only left side colors together or right side colors together to avoid creating muds)
    Left side
  • Cadmium Red Light, Winsor Red and Permanent Red
  • Prussian Blue, Phhtalo Blue (red or green shade)
  • Indian Yellow

    Right side
  • Alizarin Crimson, Carmine and Permanent Rose (beautiful)
  • French Ultramarine (Violets Or Quin Violet)
  • Cad Lemon and Winsor Lemon

    (Remember: in this "Split Palette," do not cross over the line for blending)

    Remember, none of this is written in stone!

    Happy Painting!


    From "Color" by Betty Edwards

    About his ten-year study of color, Farbenlehre, German writer and scientist Johann Goethe (11749-1832) said:

    "As for what I have done as a poet, I take no pride in it whatever... But that in my century I am the only person who knows the truth in the difficult science of colors, of that I say I am not a little proud."

    What Constitutes
    Harmony in Color?

    QNE OF THE as yet unanswered questsions is, "What constitutes harmony in color?" Harmony in color is generally defined as a pleasing arrangement of colors, but the definition tells
    us nothing about how to achieve color harmony. In music conversely, the study of harmonics deals with the properties of musical sounds and enables scientists to specify musical harmonies and how to achieve them.

    A story is told that the poet and scientist Johann
    Goethe, who was not a painter, wondered what constituted harmony in color. Goethe's musician friends had assured him that harmony in music was well understood and codified, but what about color? Goethe went to his artist friends to find out, and, to his surprise and dismay none of them could give him a satisfying answer. It was partly this conundrum that inspired his immense study of color
    Farbenlehre. If his friends chided him that searching for rules of harmony
    was too restrictive and uncreative, Goethe defended himself by saying that it was important to know the rules, if only to for the privilege of breaking the.

    Nearly every writer on color proposes one theory or another on how to achieve harmonious color.

    (to be continued)

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