Color Mixing -- a few options
We will do this with one or a combination of different mediums; we can use chalk pastels, watercolor pencils, markers, and/or watercolor paints.
As long as we meet the goal of mix colors in an artistic way, we can work abstractly or representationally.
- Chalk pastels can be used like chalk or charcoal. They work well when applied in layers, with burnishing (rubbing with your fingers) between each layer. They can also be altered with water (including watercolor paints).
- Water colored pencils can be used like other colored pencils. They can also be altered with water (including water colored paints, and also markers).
- Markers are similar to watercolor pencils. They can be used individually, or to alter watercolor pencils and paints.
- Watercolor paints are activated with water, and can be made as vibrant or muted as you would like (depending on the amount of water you use). Mix watercolor paints in a separate container, NOT in the container that houses the pigment.
- Glazing is a wet on dry watercolor paint technique where the artist paints over an existing dry color field.
- Hatching or crosshatching can be performed with water color pencils; this can be done to create a color blend by hatching over an already existing color field or using two different colors in different directions to create an optical color blend.
- Scumbling can be performed by overlapping colors made with broad strokes applied by the sides of chalk pastels.
- Stippling can be performed with watercolor pencils to create small dots of color; this can be done to create a color blend by stippling a color over an already existing color field or using two different colors in the same area to create an optical color blend.
- Wet-in-wet is a technique used to mix watercolor paints on the paper. Paint the first color, and while it's still wet (or damp) add a second color.
Also, if you do choose to use watercolor paints, be sure to use a thicker, heavier, stiffer paper; otherwise, it will disintegrate with the application of a wet medium.