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1,500 Color Mixing Recipes for Oil, Acrylic & Watercolor: Achieve precise color when painting landscapes, portraits, still lifes, and more Spiral-bound – August 1, 2012


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Product Details

  • Series: Color Mixing Recipes
  • Spiral-bound: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing; Spi edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600582834
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600582837
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,189 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

Follow these 4 simple steps to mix more than 1,500 color combinations:

STEP ONE  Look in the Color Guidance Index for the subject you want to paint—for example, “Broccoli.”

STEP TWO  Find the Color Recipe with the subject’s recipe number (“81”) and a photo of the actual paint mixture.

STEP THREE  Use the Color Mixing Grid to measure each paint color.

STEP FOUR  Mix the color. It’s that easy!

Also Includes Instruction in Color Theory, Color Value Mixing, Graying Color Naturally, Mixing Flesh and Portrait Colors, Rendering Skies and Clouds.

The plastic Color Mixing Grids (included) ensure accurate paint measurements!

About the Author

William F. Powell studied at the Art Student's Career School in New York; Harrow Technical College in Harrow, England; and the Louvre Free School of Art in Paris, France. His work has been represented in major galleries and reproduced in the form of illustrations, prints, and limited-edition collector's plates. He has been professionally involved in fine art, commercial art, and illustration for more than 45 years. His experience as an instructor includes oil, watercolor, acrylic, gouache, colored pencil, and pastel with subjects ranging from landscapes and seascapes to still life, portraiture, and wildlife. He holds awards for the technical side of his art, which has been used in major space and environmental programs.

Customer Reviews

This is the only book you need for mixing colors.
J. Overbeck
It is great as a reference I'm sure, and certainly that is what most will probably use it for.
Burton Lowry
I would highly recommend this book to the beginning and advanced water color painter.
Anthony Mele

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Luv'n Life on August 26, 2012
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I had bought the single landscape book and was glad the publisher decided to combine all the books. What a savings! Since I do oils, now I can use this book for water color and acrylics if I choose. It's a great reference for portrait painting (detailing facial highlighting and skin tones) as well as still life, land and seascapes. This book has very detailed recipes for color mixtures and 2 re-usable grid pages to measure the paint need for each recipe. There's no guess work, it's been done for you. It has cut my mixing and guessing to 1/2 the time and I don't waste paint. I ordered two, one for myself and one for my instructor.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Burton Lowry on February 3, 2013
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As a life-long black and white photographer just now getting into drawing and painting--color for art is an intimidating hurdle, like a new language.

This book has relieved me of those fears. It is great as a reference I'm sure, and certainly that is what most will probably use it for. But for this beginner it has been pure joy to look at the colors and see what has gone into making them. It has removed the mystery and paranoia of putting colors together. It is enjoyable to just flip through the pages. It is well-organized, very well presented, a definite work of quality.

I don't know if this is "the" book for experienced painters, as I'm so new to this. But I can heartily recommend it to the beginners like myself who are just discovering the wonders of color, but need help in the process of making color work. Thanks to the author for this book! And it seems to be printed very well, too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Seeker on August 12, 2013
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Art is an ambivalent subject from its creation to its appreciation. Still, every fine artist needs to understand the basics of their medium and the first section of 1500 Color Mixing Recipes…covers just that for the artist who uses paint, whether oil, acrylic or water. I sculpt more than paint; however, I use color in almost everything I do and this book is a fantastic find. The author and publisher understand the circumstances under which the artist works and have designed the book so that it can lie open while you work because of its spiral binding and stain-resistant, high-gloss card stock. (Like a good cook book that won’t be soiled when used on the counter.) The book is divided into several sections for each group of colors they assume the artist might need, e.g. landscaping, and portraits but this is only an aid and you might find the colors in one group could be just the colors you want in another so the convenience is not restrictive. It begins with the basics of color theory with illustrations. Finally, the book provides “recipes” for each of the 1,500 colors, specifying the exact artist colors and amounts needed for a certain result. And it includes a plastic grid for you to keep track of your own formulas. Obviously, the recipes can only be an approximation since, for example, burnt sienna will vary depending on the manufacturer and quality. Still, having 1,500 color swatches to look at is a gold mine. It’s a college course in a book at a great price and should be a companion piece to 101 Textures in Oil & Acrylic which I’ve also reviewed.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joseph D. Simone on March 30, 2013
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I tried three recipes so far and the resulting color mix did not match the colors in the book at all. They were way off. One case called for 5 units of one color and 2 units of another and 9 units of white. It matched better with no white and much more than the 2 units of the second color called for in the recipe.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By pwilliams on December 17, 2013
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After using this book a lot and trying out the recipes, I have come back here to change my review. Many of the recipes do not give you the color the book illustrates you should get. It is severely flawed. I don't know if the recipes are wrong, or if the color printed is a bad print. But, the colors are WAY off, especially the greens and the darker colors in the oil paint section. It is also missing some very basic oil paint colors for mixing. I would return it if I could.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. AN on September 17, 2014
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All three of my seasoned oil painting teachers don't using recipes to mix their colors. I purchased the book to see if it would help me. Not really, not yet.

First of all, one seems to need quite a bit of less common paints to follow the recipes. Secondly, like some of others, I have failed miserably to produce the colors following the recipes. It's not very useful for me. Not as of yet.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tony Brady on April 30, 2013
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Excellent book, plenty of examples and tips & tricks for a beginner like me, and with a handy paint measurement tool included to make sure you get the tones/values right first time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By char on June 10, 2013
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I love this book...it has every color mixing recipe imaginable! I've been working on skin tones and this has helped me a lot in getting the color tones correct.
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More About the Author

William F. Powell is an internationally recognized artist and one of America’s foremost colorists. A native of Huntington, West Virginia, Bill studied at the Art Student’s Career School in New York; Harrow Technical College in Harrow, England; and the Louvre Free School of Art in Paris, France. He has been professionally involved in fine art, commercial art, and technical illustration for more than 45 years. His experience as an art instructor includes oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and pastel—with subjects ranging from landscapes to portraits and wildlife. He has also authored a number of art instruction books, including several popular Walter Foster titles. As a renowned master of color, Bill has conducted numerous "Color Mixing and Theory" workshops in Los Angeles and San Diego, California. His expertise in color theory also led him to author and illustrate an educational series of 11 articles entitled, "Color in Perspective" for Painting Magazine. Additionally he has been consulted for his color expertise on telescope and satellite images for national space programs, and he has served as a color and pigment consultant for several artist’s paint manufacturers. Bill's work also includes the creation of background sets for films, model making, animated cartoons, and animated films for computer mockup programs.

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