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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2011
Bought this book because the author's concept of mixing colors seemed interesting. After all, there's this neat grid to use so you mix the right percentage of colors. Here's my problem. As the book states, "each recipe indicates a specific Water Level." Yep, the author says "specific." Really? From the book: Level one requires the "greatest amount of water," level 2 "slightly less water," level 3 requires "less water than level 2" ....wow, real "specific." So is the author's idea of level 1 a drop of water from an eye dropper or a teaspoon of water? And through the Color Recipes, the author specifies water levels of 2.5, which I guess is slightly less water than level 2 but slightly more water than level 3 - whatever that may be. Pretty book if you want to look at colors. Fairly worthless if you want to learn to mix colors.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on June 20, 2008
I've been an artist all my life and yet never really tackled watercolors.
So, since colors are the hardest part of watercolor painting, especially greens, I wanted a book that I could just glance at and have a recipe for the color I need. Sometimes you can end up with mud, or a color that clashes with your intention of the color you have in your head.
This book really helps me to just turn a page...pick a color I want and use the right combos to get the tone and hue I need.
It's a great tool. I highly recommend it for a beginner or anyone just wanting a color reference at their fingertips. It's a lot more time saving than making your own.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
TOP 50 REVIEWERon April 22, 2011
This book is a spiral bound hardcover. It's pretty thin at 48 pages but enough.

The colour recipes are presented in varying proportions of pigment and water. That's great in showing the subtle colour variations of various mixes. Most other books I've see just mix the colours 50 percent each. This book has a few examples with three colour mixes as well. The starting colours used are from the colour wheel.

In addition to the colour recipes, there are also value and intensity recipes. Unfortunately, only a few selected colours are used. The value recipes feature yellow, red and blue. The intensity recipes mixes complementary colours to give different earth tones.

The downside of the book is the author used too many starting colours. Just for yellow, you have Cadmium Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Pale, Cadmium Yellow Light, Cadmium Yellow Medium, Cadmium Yellow Deep, Naples Yellow, Lemon Yellow and Gamboge. That's eight yellow colours if you're counting. There's also no mention of the brand used.

There are some text on colour theory, all very elementary, but good as a starter guide. At the back are four pages on mixing portrait colours. It presents the general idea of creating skin tones but too few examples are given as application.

And finally, there's a detachable plastic sheet with mixing grids provided. It's cool but not necessary. Well, you can use your own palette for mixing so why mix on the piece of plastic?

In reality, the resulting mixes are just a reference point of what is possible. Having so many starting colours can get confusing. It's not such a big deal because the multiple colours listed already gives a general idea of what to pick. It's still helpful for that reason.

(There are more pictures of the book on my blog. Just visit my Amazon profile for the link.)
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 16, 2008
The "Look Inside" feature (above) left out the inside of the front cover. Surprise!!! To fully use this book you must have 28 different colors to start with! There are two different disclaimers alerting you that paint colors differ from different brands and that "you may need to adjust the recipes accordingly". Perhaps I missed it, but I couldn't find anywhere what brand he used in making the book!

The text "instructions" are the epitome of minimalist information, and are of virtually no help. The 4 pages devoted to portraits seem as if they were written by someone afraid of giving away too many secrets. Example 1: for skin tones, he tells you what colors to use but the instructions then tell you to "manipulate them" or "experiment with" to get what you want. This is a book of color formulas not guess work. Example 2: for portrait features and proportions, he tells you "use a mirror to practice accurate placement of features". Then "Use a reversing mirror to see yourself as others do." Wow!

Shame on Walter Foster (publisher) for a very inadequate description and selection for us to review before buying. I'm looking for a book by someone who knows how to teach!

This is not useless. The recipes are helpful if you have all the colors. The acetate sheet for mixing is a bit of a stretch - remove it from the book and put it in a flat bottom pan.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2011
Excellent "how-to" book to learn color theory and color blending. Durable cover and pages. Small size makes it practical and convenient to carry to art class. I got the three book series From Mr Powell.
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on February 10, 2012
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Unusual use of this book: I use this book, "Color Mixing Recipes for Watercolor", for "recipies" to blend tapestry threads. My finely woven small tapestries use three or four strands of sewing thread, including silk. Some of my tapestries are used for the image on the covers of the books I write, such as the "Eva Wynn-Roger's Small Hotels Mysteries", "How to Open a Designer Pie Shop", with just two people, and the rest of that series of "How to Open a Designer...", and so forth. This color mixing method is being used for the cover image for the complete three-book series offered in one approximatly 400 page book, coming soon: "The Kansas City Marvels: The FBI Briefcase - The Seven Diamonds - Where's Carmine?" I'm so happy that I discovered this book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on September 26, 2010
A fellow watercolor artist introduced me to Color Mixing Recipes. After seeing hers, I knew this book presented the answer to my color mixing problems. I immediately bought me a copy. This is a most wonderful book. Look up the desired color, look up the color mixes and hoorah, the desired results and eliminates trial and error. I love this book. Every artist should have this.
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on November 25, 2012
If you're new to watercolor you should get this book! Not only is it packed with specific directions for mixing 400 colors, but you get some color and value theory too. Not enough to put you to sleep, but enough to take some of the mystery out of these notions. And the spiral binding is a neat touch. It will actually stay open for you so you can compare your mixing efforts with the color swatches in the book. There's even a plastic mixing palette!
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on August 24, 2013
Good book. Has a lot of mixing references. I like all these books. I have 1 other one also by this author
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on August 10, 2013
A very nice book. Well done with good information. Mixing color is hard for me, so I need all the help I can get, Thank you
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