Trevor Chamberlain palette
Chuck Long palette
artist's primary palette - 4 colors
secondary palette - 6 colors
- Charles Evans
- Jon J Muth
- Stan Fellows
- Vickie Henderson
- Julie Zickefoose
- Tony Foster
Sep 27, 2019
I received an email late this morning from Expeditionary Art a limited edition palette, using paints made by Greenleaf & Blueberry. I bought the item. Cost about $100.
Our line of watercolors is a professional grade, lightfast, quality artists’ material. For a variety of reasons, we have made a point of only using natural Earth, Ochre, Mayan, and Mineral artist’s pigments. One of these reasons is the proven lightfastness. These are the same pigments that were used in cave paintings tens of thousands of years ago and throughout Art History. They have stood the test of time. We believe that artists deserve to have complete confidence in their materials.
We make a point to only work with pigments that are rated either non-toxic or with very low toxicity. This is only of many reasons why we choose to work with Earths, Ochres, Minerals, and natural pigments in general (as opposed to modern synthetics, such as Cadmiums). This is also why you do not see the beautiful, yet toxic color Cinnabar among our offerings. As artists and craftspeople, we have no wish to expose ourselves to hazardous substances. If we were ever to sell a color or product that required special handling or labeling, we would label and describe accordingly.
Are your Handmade Watercolors Vegan?
That really depends on your own personal definition of veganism. Our binder does contain local organic honey. It is the only "animal product" (again, depending on your definition) that we use.
Because all the recommended paints are synthetic organic pigments, the recommended palette won't yield granulation or texturing effects, which must be produced through varied brushstrokes and accenting watermarks such as backruns.
However, in most paint brands, these four paints will have similar transparency and tinting strength (the cool paints, because they are darker, will be somewhat stronger in mixtures). This will help you learn the proportional mixture or "color recipe" required to get any specific hue or saturation around the hue circle, especially for elusive colors such as tans, browns and olive greens. Once you learn these fundamental recipes, you will learn through experience to reproduce them by compensating for changes in the tinting strength or color of different paints.
The artists' "primaries" palette is probably the best way for a novice painter to learn color mixing in relation to the four major quadrants of the color wheel — experience that is much harder to develop if the student jumps in with a palette of many colors.