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Directions For Mixing Colours

Place the powder required in a saucer: add a few drops of water, and rub

the same with a brush for some time; as friction materially improves the

brilliancy of tint. The colour should be mixed as thick as cream, but a

very small portion taken into the brush at one time. As the brushes are

large, they absorb a large quantity of colour; consequently, the brush

used to mix the colour with, must be pressed upon the edge of the saucer
several times to cleanse it.

The cake paint is used with the powder colours for fine veining, and

when a second colour is required to be placed over another; as I shall

show in my instruction for the rich dahlia purpurea. I have a great

objection to mixing gum water with the colours. I use it only previous

to throwing on down, such as in the calyx of geranium, primrose, &c.

A rich crimson is produced by the application of the crimson powder upon

pink wax.

A darker crimson, by adding a little of the darkest crimson powder to

the former. If a deeper crimson still be required, add a little of the

middle blue.

A pale pink is obtained by applying crimson powder with a small portion

of white, laid on the wax very thin.

A light orange scarlet, as in fuchsia fulgens, is acquired by mixing a

minute portion of scarlet powder with the bright crimson.

Scarlet for geranium; a larger portion of the scarlet with the crimson.

Different shades of scarlet are also produced by laying the crimson

powder upon different shades of wax, namely, lemon, yellow, and orange.

A purple (as in violet), is produced by mixing the second blue with a

lesser portion of the bright crimson powder.

A deeper purple, as in the centre of the anemone, is obtained by the

combination of the crimson powder with the deepest blue.

Various shades of lilac and peach colours are produced by a careful

admixture of the bright crimson, middle blue, and white.

A primrose colour is obtained by using my lemon powder (a beautiful

preparation), upon white wax.

A rich brown, as in wall-flower, requires a mixture of cake sepia with

bright crimson.

The dark velvet-purple-looking spot seen in geraniums is obtained from

mixing the cake smalt with a little bright crimson powder.

A similar tint may be obtained by mixing crimson lake, in cake, with the

middle blue.

Various shades of green are procured by combining the first or second

yellow with the darkest blue.