a reply to: rukia
Thanks, I'm happy to help and hope to be an encouragement!
So I think using a translucent paint is good for mixing colors.
When you mix translucent white with opaque red for example, you won't lose as much intensity of the color as you lighten the red. You will have a
bright pink left over. Same with translucent yellow and opaque red, you will have a bright orange afterwards.
So then what happens if you use an opaque white with a opaque or even translucent red? You got it, the intensity of the color decreases and becomes
softer, pastel, and isn't as "bright." You will have a less bright pink, a softer pastel pink.
The mixing may get tricky when you switch things around... like I don't recall what happens if you take a translucent red and mix it with an opaque
yellow(the reverse of the example above)- I would gather that you will lose intensity however because of the white in the opaque yellow is also
opaque. But it's not the same the other way around- so just something to consider there. You can experiment mixing these at home at your discretion
and see how the intensity of color is effected.
And then after mixing your colors and when you have your desired bright color that hasn't lost it's intensity, whatever that color may be (orange,
green, blue), you can add regular opaque black and white to the mixed color to create your shades and tints and tones and etc.
I also learned that the process/step of mixing your paints before you start a piece, and learning to store them (just putting your mixed colors into
containers) is important. It makes it easier when you have all the colors premixed... and then you can really take your time on the painting and not
feel so rushed.
I even kept notes about which tubes I used to create my mixed colors too, so I knew how to mix more of that color when I was running low. Example,
flesh color = tubes x,y,z then add white. No measurements of how much of each, lol, or very vague directions on that at best. It's just eyeballing
it so the color matches what you already have but at least you know exactly which colors you used so you have a good head start.
It seems like a lot of prep work but it's worth it. I personally gravitate towards certain colors... like I really like flesh colors and specific
blues, and I use em a lot. And I enjoy mixing my own colors, lol. Have no idea why but it is what it is.