Why should you care about color? You can ruin a good drawing by poor color choices or enhance a middling design by its careful use. ...
Today’s scribes learning to paint Calontir’s preprints often start with a Reeves gouache set for their paints. They’re an inexpensive student grade non-acrylic paint that does well for painting entry-level awards. What do you do when you use up your first paint, usually white? What is the best white gouache to buy?” In gouache, there are several whites: chalk white, zinc […]
Cutting from Pope Innocent VIII’s service books. I’ve run into the color use question again. You know, “What colors were used when and where?” My blog post today will be short, but the blog question’s answer could fill a book. Instead, I’ll give you a link to my 2013 class handout Period Pigments and Color Use. The lengthy handout is only a guide, a place to start. Today’s research into making the enlivening sumptuous manuscript colors divulges a diverse rainbow of hues derived from plants, minerals, and metals. I hope my guide encourages you to look deeper into the amazing colors displayed in illuminated manuscripts. External Link: Colour. The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts
Iluminators were known to layer paints more than mix them. Yet there are written notes and illuminations that show they mixed colors too, especially later in the Middle Ages. Mixing colors makes its own problems. The more colors you combine, eventually ends with mud. Over-mixing also dulls the paint combination. Learn by doing: mix two gouache primary colors Which colors should you use […]
Scribes painting preprint scrolls. When I was painting preprint awards with scribes at a recent event, I was asked what colors I preferred. I had commented on colors I missed having because the paints provided for our use were Reeves gouache paint sets. I missed the colors I used at home. Gouache is an opaque watercolor used by professional artists to create illustrations […]
I’ve been known to get into some vivid color discussions with artists. I seem to see colors more intensely or acutely than even my hairdresser. Perhaps I’m just more dogged about the concept. Even so, occasionally I’m out done. Luttrell Psalter Heures du Duc de Berry Color determination, being able to see the difference between colors, is essential to an artist. As a scribe it is crucial to selecting colors that emulate your chosen inspiration source. There’s a big difference in the colors in the Luttrell Psalter and those in Tres Riches Heures du Duc de Berry. As an art student or scribe, would this change your ability to learn about art? Would it affect how you paint? No matter your artistic style, would you change how you paint if you don’t see colors the same as those who view your work? Knowing how you see color is a step to answering those questions. Below are BuzzFeed quizzes to help you casually assess where you fit on the color determination scale. These fun quizzes will give you a clue to the next step on your scribal journey. Are You Actually Color Blind What Colors Can You Actually See Can You Pass This Difficult Color Mixing Test This Trippy Pattern Quiz Will Determine How Well You See Color If you are interested to learn more, as part of their free online color theory classes, The Student Art Guide website tells how […]