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SHARE YOUR TIPS, SUGGESTIONS, IDEAS AND QUESTIONS WITH OTHER READERS

Mixing black

I recall an art teacher discouraging his students from using black from a tube when painting with acrylics, but I don’t remember the three colours he suggested mixing together to make a more authentic black.

I would be grateful if someone would let me know how I can mix a ‘true’ black using acrylics.

David Stephen

Steve Strode (www.stevestrode.com) replies: The reason for mixing your own dark is it gives you more control over the results. Using black from the tube gives a dark value with little colour identity of its own and adding white to this will give the same neutrals every time. Making your own dark, however, gives you more control over the resulting temperature and underlying colour of the mix.

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About Leisure Painter

Welcome to the June issue of Leisure Painter, the best-selling practical art magazine in the UK, aimed at beginners and amateur painters. Watercolour highlights include how to paint: a colourful toucan, a complex interior scene, simple flowers and figures. Tim Fisher also begins a six-part series discussing the merits and uses of his favourite colours with a focus on cobalt teal in watercolour this month. Follow nine simple exercises and prompts to develop your painting skills with acrylics and follow a step-by-step demonstration to paint an avocet using heavy-body acrylics. Discover a new style as you paint an acrylic inspired by the travel posters of the 1930s and discover the power of coloured pencils and pen and ink . Plus lots more.