Using a base palette of five primary colors, I painted a set of color swatches with Lascaux Sirius acrylics to find out how to make all the hues in between.
This was sort of an
color theory exercise —
“doing my scales.”
/ acrylic paint color mixing chart
Single-pigment paints provide more reliable mixing results and better lightfastness compared to “convenience mixtures” that are
pre-mixed in the tube. However, the various pigments used by acrylic paint manufacturers differ by quality and chemistry. This chart aggregates current pigment research with
acrylic paint ingredients to determine a brand’s relationship to pigment quality.
/ acrylic paint brand comparisons
The traditional artist’s color wheel, with primaries of red, blue and yellow (RBY), doesn’t make sense with today’s contemporary
understanding of color.
Instead, the CMY|RGB color wheel, which combines primaries from the additive and subtractive color gamut,
represents a more accurate interpretation of visual color. This is my academic attempt of the subject.
/ 12-color CMY|RGB color wheel