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Ultramarine Blue
Alizarin Crimson (perm)
Quinacridone Gold
Phthalo Blue
Burnt Sienna
White Gouache

1” Flat Brush
1/4” Flat Brush
1/2” Bristle Brush
3” Hake
#2 Rigger Brush

1/4 sheet Cold Pressed

Burnt Sienna Ink & pen
Old Towel to wipe
your brushes on

© john lovett MMVIII

Balancing Warm and Cool

Working through this demonstration on the splashing paint DVD will not only give you an understanding of the importance of warm / cool balance, but will also teach you to successfully overglaze for more impact.


  • Over glazing
    Don’t be tempted to rush into the overglazing. Before the final stage of the painting, make sure every thing is absolutely dry. Once the pigment has set properly you can wet the paper and work over it without disturbing the underlying colors.

  • Clean Colors
    The impact of the centre of interest comes from the clarity of the warm colors. When you mix them make sure you have a clean spot on your palette and don’t allow any blues to muddy the mixture.

  • Soft Suggestion
    Although it looks fairly insignificant, the suggested detail in the bottom left corner fills what might otherwise be an empty area of the painting. Barely suggesting the detail makes it less intrusive and much more interesting than accurately drawn detail.

  • Substitute Colors
    Indian Yellow can be used in place of Quinacridone Gold. Prussian or Windsor blue can be used if you don’t have Phthalo Blue

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