Here is the second panel in my Book of Color.
Here is a picture of what I pulled out to play with.
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 Yellow Hansa Medium and Quinacridone Red.
Below are 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.