"when painting is a passion"
Knowing your materials is paramount in executing a successful painting.
Colour swatching your colours can be a tedious exercise, however, it is so rewarding and can only contribute to you understanding your materials.
Whether it be acrylic, oil, watercolour, pastel, watercolour pencils, inks, colour pencils, water soluble graphite and even mark making pens the value of producing your own colour swatches cannot be under estimated.
Being an artist for 30 odd years means I have collected a multitude of art materials and the prospect of producing colour swatches for all my paints, pastels, inks and pens can be over whelming, however, a worthwhile work in progress.
Colour swatches are produced on the surface I would normally paint onto. For example watercolor paint, inks and watercolour pencils are painted onto 300gsm watercolor paper while acrylic and oil are painted onto papers specifically designed for these paints or I often use canvas sheets which I personally gesso (more on why you should gesso in a later blog). Pastels are painted onto white colourfix pastel paper. For coloured pencils, Nikon type pens and graphite pencils I use Canson 220 Drawing Paper.
By painting your swatches onto the appropriate surface you will eventually use produces a truer representation of colour and texture which you will eventually achieve when painting your actual final painting. Under each swatch list the Brand, colour name and number or mix you have used to make the swatch.
How to make a Colour Swatch
Happy Colour Swatching