After 2 years of acrylic painting I finally decided to spend the effort to make color cards as Diane recommends and found it to be one of the best things I have done. It took roughly 8 hrs but it is by far the best method I have found to learn color mixing.  I have been using color wheels and value charts but color mixing was like hunt and peck typing, Now as I plan my painting, I can look at my reference and then select from my cards the colors that most closely match and immediately know which of my colors to use in creating that color. I used the 8 colors I use most often. I did not use any earth tones but I generally add them to create value so I did not think it was necessary to include them in the color cards.  In the future I can add them if I think it necessary.

I am interested in landscape, still life and plein air primarily, however, a new interest in portrait art will probably lead to color cards just for skin tones.

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