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Color Mixing Recipes for Oil & Acrylic: Mixing recipes for more than 450 color combinations Hardcover – July 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Series: Color Mixing Recipes
  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Walter Foster Publishing; Spi edition (July 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560108738
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560108733
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 6.7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

Our popular Color Mixing Recipe Cards have served as a handy reference of essential color combinations for almost 10 years. And now this collection of recipes is available in an updated, convenient format developed with artists' needs in mind! Packaged in a concealed wire-o-bound book that lies flat, the recipes cards will always stay in order with no risk of getting lost. The book also includes the Color Mixing Grid, a perfect guide for accurately measuring paints. With mixing recipes for more than 450 color combinations, along with instruction in a variety of painting techniques, Color Mixing Recipes is a valuable and practical resource for both oil and acrylic artists!

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. His experience as an art instructor includes oil, watercolor, acrylic, colored pencil, and pastel-with subjects ranging from landscapes to portraits and wildlife. Additionally, Bill conducts painting workshops and produces instructional videos that employ unique methods of in-depth presentation and demonstration. Bill holds awards for his technical art, which has been used for major projects, such as space programs and environmental studies. He lives in Temecula, CA.

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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.

Customer Reviews

It has helped me a great deal with my paintings.!
Amelia C. Neuse
Then come the recipes which are clear, easy to understand and there is a plastic color mixing grid at the back to help get the proportions accurate.
Lorna
Highly recommended for any artist that takes him self seriously.
Hjalti Parelius

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful By J. Wooley on March 9, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is great for anyone who loves to paint, but struggles with getting just the right tone...just the right shade...even just the right color! While I've noted that a few "recipes" contain errors (it's pretty clear that mixing one part white with four parts cadmium yellow medium will not yield a "pumpkin" orange), I still find the book useful because it allows one to see what combinations and proportions of colors will result in a desired hue, value, or intensity. While Powell acknowledges in the Instructions that paint colors vary somewhat among brands, I have noted one or two colors that are significantly different from the paint I usually buy (Windsor-Newton oils). Even so, I have been quite pleased with the results, and I believe my painting is all the better for using this guide. I certainly recommend it to anyone who has experienced the frustration of having mixed selected colors only to discover that the end result is totally wrong for its intended use!
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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Lorna on July 31, 2007
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I do like spiral-bound books which feature either brushstrokes or in this case, recipes, as the pages lie flat (there is no spine to flatten or pages which keep flipping at a vital stage). The book starts with a general overview of color theory but doesn't get obsessive about it. Then come the recipes which are clear, easy to understand and there is a plastic color mixing grid at the back to help get the proportions accurate. The book deals with Oils but there is a conversion chart for Acryllics included. At 49 pages and with a hardcover, it is compact and easy to carry. I liked the over all format of the book which also includes a small section on Portrait Colors.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Paul Rybarczyk on July 31, 2008
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Very useful book. Even though I majored in art in college, I didn't learn all that's in this book. It's changed the appearance of my paintings totally. I love it. I'm already ordering the one for portrait colors too. Very easy to use, with quick, exciting results. Someone mentioned that the colors were "out of date," referring to Hansa Yellow in particular. Hansa Yellow is a pretty standard color in the artist's palette, and not out of date. Colors may go out of date in fashion, but not on an artists palette.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Catrinka TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I had ordered William Powell's Color Mixing Recipes for Portraits from Amazon several months ago...and really like it. After seeing this book on a stand at my local art supply store, I went ahead and bought it without first taking the time to look through it thoroughly in the store. I wish now that I had. In my opinion, way too many pages are devoted to showing the color tint changes based upon adding more, and more, and then some more, white into a particular color. For my purposes, it would have been better served to perhaps include only 1 or 2 representative tints with white for many colors, rather than the six big color swatches included for just a handful. For instance, it might be useful to see which dark reds could be tinted to produce the particular type of pink you're looking for. However, as an example, the entirety of page 21 shows the various tints that can be achieved by adding 5 slightly increasing amounts of titanium white to 3 separate colors (venetian red, burnt umber, and burnt sienna). Once you've seen the resultant tint by adding white to venetian red, you can pretty much guess what it's going to look like when you add a smidge more white. A number of pages are taken up by this...which, to me, wastes quite a bit of space considering there are only 26 pages of actual recipe information in the book. It wouldn't be an issue if this were a more extensive book; but, as it is a minimal-page book to start with, it seems that these pages are being used simply as "filler" and at the sacrifice of more worthwhile pages. While I didn't really expect that the book would contain recipes for every type of color combinations (heck, I can certainly make my own "mud"); I did expect much more than what it contained. There were so many great color mixes that it overlooked...Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Suzie-Q on June 11, 2009
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If you've ever wanted to know how to mix colors or what colors to mix to get a color you want, this is the book for you. It's easy to follow and its spiral binding makes it very user-friendly. I'd recommend this book to any artist or wanta-be artist!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard G. Molesso on March 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is an excellent book for painters just starting out, or painters in general.
Mixing recipes for more than 450 colour combinations. This book is a Must.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Christina Debarros on January 13, 2009
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This book does not teach how to mix, quantities and such but how color mixes. It shows the different possibilities in color mixing. The ratios of each color is up to the painter.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dawn F. I. Judge on June 1, 2009
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My Art teacher has had this book for 20 years, so I was very surprised I was able to purchase it new and revised. The recipes are presented in a clear and logical manner, will be a great reference guide
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