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
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
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
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
Various shades of green are procured by combining the first or second
yellow with the darkest blue.