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Watercolour Painting => Watercolour Colour Mixing Questions => Topic started by: Val on April 11, 2014, 08:17:09 AM

Title: What to do without French Ultramarine?
Post by: Val on April 11, 2014, 08:17:09 AM
 :help:   I am posting a large painting just now in the encourager section. I really am!
PROBLEM: I am now out of my French Ultramarine  :eek: a very scarey thing for me. I really depend on it for a lot of my mixes. Anyway, the problem is I need to darken down the water in areas, and I've now got every shade I think from a light cerulean all the way to purple and many more in between. It's been wet and rewet so many times the paper is beginning to pill like bad wool.

Before I bin this, is there a mix which will give me a reasonable facsimile of French Ultramarine? Otherwise I'll have to wait until June for my big tube to arrive!

Signed... just about ready to  :surrender: on this one.   :tongue:
Title: Re: What to do without French Ultramarine?
Post by: dennis on April 11, 2014, 10:27:38 AM
The big question is: what other blues do you have at hand?
Title: Re: What to do without French Ultramarine?
Post by: NHC50 on April 11, 2014, 10:35:12 AM
Good question Dennis.   :2funny: :2funny: :2funny: Val let him have it.  :knuppel2:

Nina  :flowers:
Title: Re: What to do without French Ultramarine?
Post by: mea hamo pena on April 11, 2014, 10:54:01 AM
I have learned to LOVE Prussian blue (both oil and watercolor).  It works very well for creating shading effects, especially in foliage.

aloha

mea
Title: Re: What to do without French Ultramarine?
Post by: Val on April 11, 2014, 11:41:53 AM
 :doh: I can't believe I did that! I know I listed all my blues... in my head!  :2funny:

What I have: Cerulean Blue, Cobalt Blue, Winsor Blue-Green Shade, Phthalo Blue, Prussian Blue... I think that's it.
Title: Re: What to do without French Ultramarine?
Post by: BeaSue on April 11, 2014, 11:42:50 AM
Dennis is right, of course. Whatcha got, Val?

Can you do multiple, thin glazes of, say Cobalt?

My favorite new blue is Antwerp, but that may be too subdued for the effect you're going for.