Will Kemp: The Technique For Laying Out An Acrylic Paints Palette
A beautifully and concisely presented art tutorial from Will Kemp on establishing your color palette before undertaking your painting. He discusses the importance of starting with warm colors on one side and cool colors on the other side, but equally important is to do the same but with light and dark from one side to the other (this way you don’t run the risk of dirtying the paint).
Keep the colors locked tight to the top edge to maximise space and you will only need 5 colors to ever mix together which creates 90% of your painting palette. You will need another two like a strong red and a blue with green undertones (turquoise potential). So these colors are cadmium yellow light, alizarine crimson red permanent, burnt umber, ultramarine and titanium white.
To begin your acrylic painting Kemp says you should dismiss the yellow and white and use the others in a combination as they are the key colors to create tonal value (the most important aspect within painting, more so than color itself). Have fun and enjoy.