Green Earth Terre Verte Pg23 watercolour paint
Green Earth, Prussian Blue and Burnt Umber combine well together for many landscape paintings with a focused theme of cool, calm and peaceful. Additional pigments + Cobalt, Ultramarine & Manganese will feature in a future upcoming post on water.
Green Earth also known as Terre Verte Pg23 and is a lovely soft, delicate mossy green that blends beautifully into the landscape in a gentle and harmonious fashion. Green Earth is one of pigments with the lesser amount of toxicity levels.
Prussian Blue pb27 Watercolour paint
Prussian Blue Pb27 is a deep velvety near black blue at full tonal mass, but can be lightened to a delicate tint quite easily with water.
Prussian Pb27 has many names – Antwerp blue, Berlin blue, Midnight blue are a few. Vincent Van Gogh used the intense dark Prussian blue for his famous oil painting Starry Night. Prussian does have a moderate level of toxicity.
Burnt Umber PBr7 watercolour paint
Burnt Umber PBr7 is a rich dark powerful chocolate brown providing granulating effects in watercolours when used wet in wet. This Brown is a cool brown unlike burnt sienna which is a much warmer, near terracotta brown.
Burnt Umber carries a moderate amount of toxicity as well as it has manganese in it. Burnt Umber mixed with Prussian creates a soft muted grey-green that drifts back into the distance nicely. Mixed with Terre Verte, sparingly, can create a delicate olive brown green.
I selected these 3 pigments to make my paints as these were the least toxic pigments I have on hand. The 3 also are a very nice triad colour scheme, they blend well together and complement each other as well. All are cool versions and combined, provide a Cool dominance. Perfect for a “zen” theme filled with neutrals, serenity and calm.
Another fantastic triad to try with burnt umber, includes cobalt violet pv14 and indanthrone blue pb60 for a lovely cool colour palette.
Before you plan to make your own paints, make sure
- 1. you wear a safety mask
- 2. are in a very well ventilated large studio
- 3. wear gloves
- 4. do not drink or eat while in the studio with the pigments
Process of making the paints
The process I used next – was to lay out 1/2 tsp of pigment onto a dampened plate. Close the pigment jar lid.
I chose Gum Arabic for a Watercolour paint for the simple reason its less toxic than oils or acrylic binders. They work well with egg yolks as well.
Add 2-3 drops of Gum Arabic.
Add 5-6 brush loads of distilled water. Mix with palette knife until the paste is fine and smooth. Keep the spray mister away from this process. The pigment particles are microscopic and a spray mister will just blast them around into the air.
After the 3 pigments are mixed and ready, have a play and see what you create.
These colours are ideal for foliage, leaves, trees, nature, rocks, feathers.etc. Landscapes and the natural environment. Just have a bit of fun with them!
In the above sample of colours:
Terre Verte Pg23 is far left
Prussian Blue Pb27 is centre
Burnt Umber PBr7 is right