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ForestBird
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Posted - 07/23/2006 :  06:59:58 AM  Show Profile Send ForestBird a Private Message
Is there a way to acheive a good grey color? Is it as simple as using black in a decreased strength? I am afraid of a drab, washed out sort of black as opposed to a good grey.

Also, if I wanted a deep grey, how to acheive this? I imagine as I increase the amount of black dye, that I will just get a washed out black, not a nice intense grey.

In another enquiry I sort of answered this question. But the person was trying for a sherbet orange, which is, in paints at least, usually orange mixed with white. As we know, dyers do not have the option of white to mix with their dyes...

"Art is the imposing of a pattern on experience, and our aesthetic enjoyment is recognition of the pattern."
Alfred North Whitehead, Dialogues (1954)

truly violet
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Posted - 07/23/2006 :  09:53:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
yes
mix opposites
green and red will gray out but it will be an interesting gray
orange and blue
purple and yellow

see?
they will cancel each other out but make either cool or warm based grays with some life to them


vi

none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
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Lavender Stripes
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Posted - 07/23/2006 :  11:30:39 AM  Show Profile Send Lavender Stripes a Private Message
But Vi, doesn't mixing complements give you brown, not grey?

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truly violet
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Posted - 07/23/2006 :  12:03:04 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
you don't mix 1/2 and 1/2
more like 3 parts to 1/2 part
vi
it is something you start slow with and experiment out

ps: when I was in art school they made us use only natural pigments to do this
you can shade the color from light to dark with using black or white
( and black can have any base color.....from blue, to red, to brown to green)


none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
http://notashyviolet.blogspot.com/ ~now with chickens!
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Momma78239
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Posted - 07/23/2006 :  12:39:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit Momma78239's Homepage  Send Momma78239 a Yahoo! Message Send Momma78239 a Private Message
I like very cool greys, so I either start with blue and add a tiny bit of orange until I get the color I want, or start with lavender and add tiny bits of yellow.

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And all the women that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen. Exodus 35:25
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Lavender Stripes
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Posted - 07/23/2006 :  12:48:41 PM  Show Profile Send Lavender Stripes a Private Message
Cool! Learn something new everyday. Thank you for clarifying, Vi.

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