The New Color Mixing Companion:
Explore and Create Fresh and Vibrant Color Palettes with Paint, Collage, and Mixed Media–With Templates for Painting Your Own Color Patterns
by Josie Lewis
Keywords: non-fiction, arts and crafts, watercolor, acrylic, collage, paper, hobbies, how-to, color, beginners and intermediate, step-by-step, visual, projects
*Paperback, 160 pages
Published December 4th 2018
by Quarry Books
This book is all about colorful projects and having fun while learning how to mix colors in beautiful ways. It has a clear introduction to color theory and mixing techniques. I got specially interested about the “mother method” to achieve harmonious color shifts.
Projects include acrylic, collage and watercolor. Each one comes with a bit of theory or art history, skill level, skills learned, materials, time to complete and (my favorite) mess level. Step-by-step instructions and process photos make it suitable for beginners but this is definitely a great book for more advanced artists was well.
I appreciate the uplifting mood this book has. In between projects there are bits of information for artists: talent, failure, flow neuroscience and Lewis’ emotional and inspiring story about her art journey. The dash of humor and playfulness in each lesson matches the vibrant rainbow colors from the projects. My favorite one was “The Classic Schmear”.
I loved everything about this book, I just wished the “mother method” was further explained. There’s only a couple of lines explaining how to create it without process pictures and it can be confusing, specially for beginners. If you like rainbow colored projects and are ready to paint or cut repetitive shapes to create beautiful patterns, this is absolutely for you.
*I got my copy from the publisher, that doesn’t affect my review.
This is inspired by one of the techniques from the book. Probably because all projects were so colorful, I chose the only one who had mostly gray tones, haha!! oh, the irony.