Payne’s Grey study

So here’s an expansion of the black study started yesterday.

img_1167First, I add Titanium White to the paint in increments. You can see the nice grey-blue tone that appears. A colour on its own, or can be used as a shade of a more pure blue, or as a toned down contrast to the complimentary colour.

Then I add it to three primary colours: Prussian Blue, Cadmium Yellow Light and Cadmium Red Middle.

As you can see, because both Prussian Blue and Payne’s Grey are transparent, it’s hard to see the shift. For studies, it might be a good idea to add a dot of white to transparent colours to show the colour shifts effectively. To the naked eye, the blue takes on a deeper, richer colour.

Most blacks are blue based, so don’t be┬ásurprised to see yellow turn to green when mixed.

I like how the red deepens without turning muddy.


  1. Painter of Oils
    May 22, 2016

    Why do you include Payne’s Grey? I thought it was technically blue?

  2. Laurie
    May 22, 2016

    Yes, thank you for asking about that! Payne’s Grey is a blue pignment, usually PB29 (Ultramarine Blue) premixed with PBk9 (Ivory Black). I’m not sure why except that sometimes using Payne’s Grey instead of straight black can give more hue,


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