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    Color Quandary | Buying Art Materials {No. 2}

    “Yesterday and tomorrow
    cross and mix on the skyline.
    The two are lost in a purple haze.
    One forgets, one waits.”
    ― Carl Sandburg

    quan-da-ry [kwon-duh-ree, -dree]
    1. a state of perplexity or uncertainty, especially as to what to do; dilemma.

    Take a look at Part No. 1 to catch up!

    Let's say you want to buy some new acrylics or neocolors, but get stuck trying to figure out what colors to buy. Here are various ways to go about choosing colors:

    1. Get colors you like. They don't have to "go" together like your living room sofa and your drapes. You can even get different colors in different mediums. Purely examples... {magenta - orange - yellow - turquoise - black} neocolors and {quinacridone crimson - hansa yellow - cobalt teal} fluid acrylics.

    2. Start With the Rainbow. Choose one pink, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, black, gray. Experiment with your custom "starter set."  No analysis. Any yellow you like will be OK. If you like it, you'll use it! It doesn't matter. Lemon? Mustard?

    3. Build Your Collection Slowly. As you draw + paint + play + experiment, you'll notice colors you wish you had. If you are constantly mixing magenta with white, put pastel pink on your wish list.

    5. Learn How to Mix Colors. Start with a small set of watercolors or acrylics and mix colors to create what you want to use. When I was trying to understand color mixing, I found the Color Mixing Bible very useful.

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    Reader Comments (2)

    Hi there!!

    I am having trouble finding a very fine tip black pen or marker that will write on top of acrylic paint. Any suggestions? I have tried Sharpie markers and Pigma Micron. They will start to write at first then quickly stop. I've ruined a few that way. I've seen the paint pens and do own a silver and gold in very fine but i can never find black in very fine. Do they make it??? Is it that good and everyone is buying it up?? lol Thanks for any help. deb

    {Tammy}: Deb, great question. Could you let me know exactly what you are trying to write on top of - exactly what type of acrylic - is there something else under the surface - how dry is the paint, etc. I will find a pen for you! Sharpie markers seem to write on anything, but I rarely use them due to the odor... so if a Sharpie won't write I'm very curious about the surface. The thin pigma microns are great for drawing, especially tiny details, but they I find them too fragile for AJ pages. I'll email this to you too, in case you dont' check back.

    01.4.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdeb

    I also ruined a few pens and had issues with bleeding. Eventually I purchased the Faber
    Castell Pitt artist pen. They come in fine, med. and brush nibs. The ink is waterproof and I
    find that they last a long time. They may be worth a try.

    05.6.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTrudy B

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