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Colour choices

Part 6 Tim Fisher introduces his final favourite colour choice in this series and discusses how he makes the most of yellow ochre acrylic ink
The acrylic ink background for Staithes Cottages, acrylic ink and pastel on Fisher 400 paper, 14x14in. (35.5x35.5cm)


Yellow ochre has been in constant use by artists from all civilisations since the dawn of time. It has good lightfast properties and is derived from carefully selected and processed natural coloured earth. The better grades are not only very transparent when thinned down but also offer good covering power when more concentrated. I enjoy using this FW Acrylic Ink yellow ochre, because it is softer and less insistent than some of the stronger yellows available as ink.

When working with inks I use the additional colours of quinacridone magenta, ultramarine blue dark and burnt umber. These colours form part of a set of six Aquafine watercolour inks. The swatch shows how these colours can be combined to make secondary mixes. 1 Combining yellow ochre with ultramarine blue deep produces a nice range of subtle greens. Colour variation can be achieved by varying the proportion of the two colours.

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Welcome to the October issue of Leisure Painter. We have a plethora of tips and techniques, demonstrations and practical advice for watercolourists this month, from projects from photographs to how to paint contrast and drama, detail in a cat's face and flowers from life. We look at painting a figure of a child in pastel, a fox in autumn woodland in acrylics and a vignette of a church in gouache. There are beginner's guides to tonal values, painting with traditional and water-mixable oils and a look at painting with acrylic inks. We also have great pleasure in presenting the award-winning work from the Leisure Painter category of this year's TALP Open and your 16-page guide to inspirational painting holidays and courses, both in the UK and abroad. Enjoy your time painting with Leisure Painter.