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Color Mixing Bible: All You'll Ever Need to Know About Mixing Pigments in Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor, Gouache, Soft Pastel, Pencil, and Ink Paperback – April 1, 2002


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Watson-Guptill (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823007235
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823007233
  • Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,117 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This fine book covers color theory for beginners. Sidaway (The Instant Artist) offers brief sections on the science of color, theory, and pigments, plus numerous color-mixing charts in oils, acrylics, watercolors, gouache, soft pastels, pencils, and inks. Stephen Quiller's book Color Choices: Making Color Sense Out of Color Theory, originally published in cloth in 1989 and now out in paperback, is for the advanced artist who wants to experiment with glazing methods or study the color theory of Rembrandt, Turner, Vermeer, Hopper, O'Keeffe, and John Henry Twachtman. This inspiring, creative approach to color could well be supplemented by David Pyle's What Every Artist Needs To Know About Paints & Colors, which covers vital health and safety issues and the use of color in computer graphics.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

About the Author

Ian Sidaway has written and contributed to many books and magazines specializing in watercolor, acrylic, oil, pastel, and drawing techniques. He is the author of the best-selling Watercolor Pocket Studio kit. He lives in London, England.

Customer Reviews

This book has been really helpful in creating depth in my paintings.
Michelle C
It's a perfect book for beginners, so I will eventually pass it along, or use it as a reference tool for my art students.
Grace
I was pleasantly surprised by the Color Mixing Bible, it had more to it than I could have hoped for!
Anita Hunt

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107 of 110 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 2004
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I've just started oil painting, and this book proved invaluable in helping me sort out the many, many different kinds of paint with their exotic names out there. I generally like to jump in and just experiment, but when I discovered the high price of good oil paints, I decided I needed a little book knowledge first. This book costs about the same as a good tube of paint, and saved me from buying many colors that, before reading the book, I didn't realize I wouldn't really need (at least to start with). It's one of clearest, most concise books I've read (on any subject). Every word is one of wisdom. If you're new to mixing paint, or having trouble figuring it out, get this book (it doesn't really cover HOW to paint though).
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Cordero on July 25, 2008
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This book will makes your life easier by guiding you in choosing the right ccolor combinations to reach the desired hue.

It is simple to use and accurate; don't waste your art supplies by mixing the wrong colors. Great for people like me, afraid of color.
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95 of 104 people found the following review helpful By LKStimeling on June 2, 2003
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The first thing I always did with a new set of paints was create color swatches and mixes. Now that my paint sets are more expensive I hate to waste paint on swatches that I'll probably put in some "safe" location in the studio...never to be seen again. Here I can reference swatches of commonly used colors, opaque and transparent in a range of media. Sidaway also includes the best history of pigments that I've read to date - answering a question about phthalo blue that's been bugging me for years (when was it introduced? 1936.) This book is no substitute for learning about your palette, but does provide information on how to select an appropriate palette.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Narelle Dearden on February 17, 2008
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This book is the best l've seen. Very easy to understand and excellently laid out making very easy for the beginner to learn the basics of color mixing.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Anita Hunt on May 23, 2010
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I was pleasantly surprised by the Color Mixing Bible, it had more to it than I could have hoped for! I bought it to help ME make better choices in the acrylics I was about to invest in but, as a drawing and painting teacher, I have used it to help students in preliminary exercises with pastels, my advanced students have used it for setting up their pencil "palette" before starting assignments, my graphics students, who are into cartooning, have snatched it for the ink mixing section, the "subject mix" section has helped some of my Fundamentals students understand what to look for in making a formal analysis of artists' palettes, the book is new and already lovingly abused! Ian Sidaway has provided clear and consistent visual tables of results that have helped me and my students make better choices the first time with fewer of the unhappy accidents that occur in the haste of classrooms and deadlines. I particularly enjoy the "Watchpoints" that offer tips and caveats about certain pigments and their behaviors.
I strongly recommend the Color Mixing Bible to artists that work in different media; sometimes we get stuck mixing in a medium that just doesn't respond as expected because we are less practiced in it. This book allows the opportunity to make visual comparisons between media as we work.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By K. Baker VINE VOICE on September 25, 2010
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I airbrush and oil paint and have bought several different color guides and this is the only one I will ever need. The colors in it as references are easily available in most brands of paints and the mixing ratios are easy to understand and transfer to any quantity you need. You can't go wrong when it tells you to mix 1 part naphthol crimson to 1 part cerulean blue to get a brick red...the only other thing I would consider getting with this book is the Magic Palette guide to hang on the wall where I paint.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Maria Britzman on April 5, 2008
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I think this book covers most of what you need to know about color. I like the color charts for each medium. I still think you need to make your own charts, because colors vary. But the color charts in the book are good for reference. I think it could be stronger in the area of color theory, but as a reference book it is good.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Charles R. Williams on March 19, 2011
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There is a very condensed but fairly thorough introduction to color theory, pigments, paint, etc. in the beginning of the book. The color test swatches are useful, and I like that the book is organized by media. This is a great book for the painting one student or beginning painter. I was a little disappointed that there wasn't a guide to mix browns from combining complements or mixing blacks. It is useful to see a brown formed by adding red to umber, but why not mix various reds and greens to get different browns, for instance.
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