Book of Color, Study of Orange

Here is the second panel in my Book of Color.

Book of Color Orange

Here is a picture of what I pulled out to play with.

Book of Color Orange mediums

This looks like a great selection right?  Lots of variations.

Here is what I discovered:

  • All of the acrylic paints were basically the same once they were painted.  Not one of them was the “Navel Orange” color I was looking for.  Most had a brown undertone.  I added a bit of white to two of them to make a lighter orange.
  • The Liquitex Acrylic Ink was yellow (even though the bottle said Yellow Orange Azo.  I’ll save this color for the next panel in the series)
  • The Faber Castell Gel Stick was a deep red orange.
  • The Caran d’Ache neocolor II was yellow orange.
  • The Cray-Pas oil pastels look orange but they also had a brown undertone.
  • The neon orange of the Liquitex Acrylic Paint Pens actually was orange.
  • Dylusions Spray Ink was a great orange color, more of the “Navel Orange”.
  • Adirondack spray ink was very dark, more brown than orange.
  • The Copic marker was orange when applied but was covered up by darker acrylic paint.
  • The colored pencils were brown-ish orange except the one neon orange.
  • As a last resort, I pulled out a jar of Golden Acrylic Neon Orange.  This is a soft body paint that is between their heavy body in the tube and their fluid in the squeeze bottle.  I stenciled the circles with this color and finally achieved the color orange that I was expecting.

What I’ve learned with this panel is that orange is a difficult color.  I did not mix my own color for this, perhaps I should have.  Below are some color wheels that I created for reference.

Golden Primary Yellow and Primary Magenta.

Golden Primary Color Wheel

Golden Yellow Hansa Medium and Quinacridone Red.

Golden Yellow Hansa Med and Quin Red Color Wheel

Below are Golden Primary Yellow and Quinacridone Magenta.

Golden Primary Yellow and Quinacridone Magenta

Creating the orange panel was a fun exercise.  My take-aways are:  Don’t assume the outside wrapper color will look like the paint color.  If you don’t like their colors, mix your own.

I’m looking forward to the next panel, Yellow.




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