One of the most frequent questions I get about Terri Sproul's Mixers is "How did you get that color?" It's simple, I mixed the Mixers! A little color theory will give you all the tools you need to take 4 colors and some Enhancer and make lots of colors for painting! A note to all my artist friends: while these colors are not the true colors to get a color wheel that would result in you being able to make a "mixed" black, it does allow the hobbyist to expand their color range with the Mixers.
|To create the tertiary colors, add equal parts of the following:|
red shimmer+orange=red orange
pink sapphire+purple=red purple
purple +tanzanite=blue purple
|To make browns, I previously experimented and found that|
bronze and shimmer red mixed with some Enhancer made a
lovely shade of brown.
|for a darker shade of brown, add more enhancer|
|Likewise, to lighten a color add a small amount to clear lacquer.|
For the project below, I used my mixed browns to paint the bunny and bear. I painted the star with citrine and gold dust to get that extra shimmer. I painted the flowers with the sapphire pink and citrine centers. Once that was dry, I watercolored the backgrounds with the Mixers as well. To create a watercolor wash that won't rub off on your fingers, mix 2:1 water to Gum Arabic and then add in your Mixer--I used Tanzanite for the sky and added a small bit of citrine for the grass. The Mixers and Sakura act as a resist to the wash! To stamp the image and the sentiment I used Archival Ink from Ranger which does not smear with the water color washes.
Thank you for looking! I hope you try mixing your Mixers!