The Artist’s Colour Palette

Needless to say, your paint medium is a vital component to the successful outcome of a painting. It is imperative that you know what paint mediums you have to work with and what they look like. It is very easy to forget certain colours when you have a large selection of paints. Many different brands make paints with the same names for their colours as others however, the names can be very misguiding so to ensure that you always know what colours you have, and it’s a good idea to keep a log of the paints in your kit by creating a swab index. This should be done with all your art mediums.  Paints, pastels, pens, coloured pencils etc.

Looking at the colour wheel, it is very easy to see which colours are cold and which are warm. Certain colours can be either warm or cold depending on how the colour has been created. Being aware of colour temperatures is vital to the success of a painting , so careful planning is imperative. Warm light and Cool shadows or vice versa is just one of the ways where understanding and working with temperatures is important.

Always save the lids from your empty tubes. You never know when a lid will break on another tube and you need to replace it.

Tools like tube squeezers and bulldog clips work well to squeeze the last drop out of a tube to avoid waste. I keep a wall screw attached to a keyring (so I don't lose it) to pry out dry lumps of paint in a tube and also the back end of a slim spoon. A pen knife is a permanent part of my painting stuff to clean out the tube lids and many other useful jobs.

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