Even in winter, I always have summer in my soul. Thats what Cobalt Teal Blue does. It adds a slice of summer, even in the midst of winter’s cold grey days.
And, As promised…. more CTB (cobalt teal blue) will be featuring this summer!
Cobalt Teal Blue
Its summer in Perth.
The northern hemisphere is snuggling up to cozy fires and perhaps a white Christmas soon. But not here.
In Perth, Its The Season for –
Cobalt teal blue waters behind bright white sand beaches; set against the stark bold cobalt expanse of the heavens.
With a bit of the Fremantle Dr. to stir the air.
The Fremantle Dr. is a local term for the afternoon breeze that graces the lovely homes dotting the coastline. If you live on the beach or near it, the breeze is really quite pleasant on a blazing summer’s day.
Watercolour Wednesday again! Fun and exciting, Watercolours are predictably unpredictable. With their own unique Quirkiness. Love them!
Watercolours Wonderful and Unpredictable
You just never know with watercolours, they seem to have a mind of their own at times. You tell them to go right and they go left! And then you have all these Detours… I’ll show you mine.
Watercolour Starting Out Plans
My initial idea was to use my palette knife to create a colour-filled, bold impressionist ocean scene that was loosely based on a couple of my older reference photos. In my mind, I didn’t want ‘tired, wimpy watercolours.’ But rather, BIG and bold – wild tempestuous seas.
Watercolour painting Materials
Palette knife, paint colours of cobalt, ultramarine blue, phalo green, burnt sienna, burnt umber, buff titanium. Watercolour papers – Arches hot press and cold press.
Watercolour Steps, Processes and Techniques
My first warm up. Hmm. A bit wimpy. Not even close.
What happened?! I used a Brush, for pete’s sake. Where did that come from?
Ok. We’ll try again. Got my palette knife this time, yes.
Next. This is Better….. Watercolours were used with the palette knife. I did a little bit of testing the prussian and white gouache mixture for an intertwining look of surf and waves crashing about.
But, you ask, Where did Prussian and White come from? It wasn’t on your materials list!
Yes, very perceptive.
If, you would have been in the studio as I was struggling along, you could have helped to remind me of these things. It really would have been a great help you know.
So, by this time, I’m definitely calling these “Warm Ups”… I’m not ready to call them all flops and quit though.
Detours of Watercolour
These are Detours. They are taking me on the “Scenic Route.”
I’m fine with that; its about the journey. Am I enjoying the process? Yes…. well, so far!
Now number four, is again with my palette knife. And it is Bold. Very Good. But, its in acrylics. Apparently I seem to like these colours. I am repeatedly using them in the past few months – cobalt teal blue pg50, indigo (blend) with a hint of hansa yellow light py3.
Finally – the last was done in all watercolours.
And With a palette knife. Goodie.
Plus, it was on my hot press paper that was dampened down to allow the fully loaded knife to glide along smoothly even with globs of paint!
Now, I’ve got a bold, impressionist, watercolour ocean scene, using a knife and its not wimpy….. whew.
I guess my point here, is the painting journey is an Adventure.
With a lot of Detours.
Just go along on the Scenic Route that watercolour takes you.
There are wonderful sights and discoveries on these pesky little Detours.
Its a very early Sunday morning, and I’m feeling like going for a little holiday as I drink my predawn coffee. A peaceful, relaxing, tranquil place. Cobalt Teal Blue: a perfect holiday colour! I’ll scout my photos… can I find my morning holiday?
Esperance glittering waters. An image that soothes, invites and delights. Definitely has a holiday feel! The serene Cobalt Teal Blue shallow waters look peaceful and clear. Just perfect.
3 Blues photo above – Cobalt, Ultramarine Blue and Cobalt Teal Blue combine in a refreshing harmony of blues. Not totally calm with all that wave action going on, but the dominant blue-greens of the image take precedence and provide a cooling outlook.
Looking closer, I observe that the sky is a nicely softened Cobalt blue, the far water is a muted Ultramarine blue with the foreground shallows being the gorgeous Cobalt Teal blue.
Restful Cobalt Teal Blue Pb50
Cobalt Teal Blue is a lovely cool refreshing restful blue-green that imparts a meditative sense of tranquility.
In the full sheet painting on the handmade 100% cotton rag Indian Village paper I used Cobalt Teal Blue.
A Blue of Many Moods and Purposes
Cobalt Teal Blue is dominantly of a cool mood and atmosphere, but if its placed within a a much colder environment – say indigo or black, it could very well act as the Warmer accent. I will use it with white and cerulean to create a sagebrush (greyed green) foliage colour which is useful for still life gum leaf and branches.
When I use it in the water, I also make sure I use the Cobalt Teal blue elsewhere in diluted pale glazes. This ensures a unifies approach to the painting. The sky can have a tiny thin wash of the colour applied just at the horizon, which will look appropriate if I dilute it enough.
cobalt teal blue pb50 wonderful in all mediums
It doesn’t matter whether I’m using watercolours, oils, acrylics, for mixed media, printmaking, DIY gelliprints, photographs, etc. this beautiful colour creates clean cool images and pretty blue-green mixes that are easy on the eyes.
My favourite subjects for Cobalt Teal Blue paint are undoubtedly oceans, lakes, rivers.
This colour is really supreme when used for water subjects. However, I also frequently will employ the paint for florals, foliage, clothing, buildings and trees.
Cobalt Teal Blue pb50 is a gorgeous, refreshing paint colour and really should not be limited by my “Water” ideas and favoritisms!
Sweet, the lovely enchantment of paintings in blue! Crystal clear and calming. Refreshing. Mysterious. Deep. Let’s dive into the mysteries of blue paints: Ultramarine, cerulean, cobalt teal blue, indanthrone, prussian, cobalt, phalo and manganese.
Unravelling the Mystery of Blue Paints
The beginner needs to dive headlong into the refreshing diversity and beauty of blue paints!
The new beginner painter does not have enough blue paints.
What! not enough blues? Don’t I need to buy greens, purples, browns, greys, blacks? I hear these voices ask. No, not in my head… real voices. From students. (Just so you are crystal clear on that one!)
But isn’t it easier to just buy the tube of green and use it? Easy yes, wise… debatable. How so? Range, diversity, naturalness, smooth fluid transitions, and warmth/coolness temperature control. “Control” of depth and perspective is increased at least 75% by mixing your own greens, browns, greys, purples.
Which Blue Paints and Why
Cobalt blue pb28
Cobalt pb28 is my staple blue that is first on my list to get. Especially for beginners watercolour painting. It mixes beautifully with just about everything I throw at it, creating a lovely range of foliage greens, browns, greys, mauves. Cobalt pb28 is a clean, Transparent blue paint colour that is great for glazes. This artist quality blue paint is the perfect blue for a sunny blue sky day. Used for foliage, ocean, sky, hills, trees, still life, just about everything.. Brilliant!
You don’t want to be fooled into buying a cobalt blue hue… it will be made from phalo or ultramarine blue with white.
Ultramarine blue pb29
Ultramarine pb29 is a stunning warm blue that is a Granulating pigment, creating beautiful textural effects on the surface of the paper naturally. Sensational for mountains, hills, foliage and shrubbery. I love to add it into my ocean scenes, as it gives a nice touch of warmth to the waters. I usually prefer the French Ultramarine, its a bit finer and warmer, but its also more expensive. So, I have both.
Easy RECIPE for Grey: Ultramarine blue + Burnt Sienna = grey (at a ratio of est. 50-50)
Phalo blue pb15 can be quite tricky to use, as it is very ‘nuclear’! Its power, is amazing. Just one little drop can spoil a whole painting, so test it rigorously. It is a Stainer, there will be no textural effects, it dries smooth, flat. Great to glaze with.
Mixes well with others. Very lovely when diluted liberally with white, into soft creamy pale tints of ethereal blues. It will create a strong green turquoise when mixed with phalo green. Then, if you add white to this, it will soften off into an exquisite frosted aqua. Phalo blue when handled with care can be a most useful blue; and very handy for ocean, water, foliage.
Prussian blue pb27
Prussian blue pb27 is a very easy blue paint to use, it mixes great with most colours and is a perfect accessory to the landscape artist. It is a Stainer, it won’t lift off 100% its quite powerful very deep and dark; plus, will creep and spread in delightful ways that all Staining pigments will do.
Prussian is fabulous for foliage greenery. Mixed with winsor lemon creates nice spring yellow greens; mixed with burnt umber – a darker cooler forest pine green. Sometimes I will add a slash of it into my ocean waters, to provide a hint of deep dark greeny blue to draw the eye.
Cobalt Teal blue pg50
Cobalt Teal blue pg50 This blue/green even though it is an Opaque, and not a good mixer, remains one of my favourite colours. I love this colour! Ideal for water, perfect to cool down areas in a painting, or to act as little accents here and there.
Cerulean blue pb35
Cerulean blue pb35 is my runner up replacement for Manganese blue. Cerulean is both an Opaque and a Granulator, however it does mix considerably better than most other Opaques.
Cerulean is lovely for winter skies, providing a nice cool touch to the horizon. It creates delicate foliage greens, gorgeous rock pools, rivers, lakes. Beautifully cool and refreshing. The textural effects it gives makes it a great choice for soil, foreground, bark.
Cobalt Violet OR … Rose madder genuine + cerulean = Delicate pale lavender
Indanthrone blue pb60
Indanthrone blue pb60 WOW, what a blue! I wouldn’t be without it. There is a brand variance in colour intensity, thus, I prefer the beautifully fully saturated richness of the Daniel Smith Indanthrone blue. This gorgeous blue is a near black at full intensity with a peek of violet red undertone for warmth.
When I want an inky black-blue, THIS is the blue I reach for. Its perfect. A Stainer, it mixes well with others and makes great glazes. Night skies, deep ocean currents, eggplants, delphiniums… and so on.
Manganese blue pb33
Manganese blue pb33 has been discontinued some time ago due to its toxicity. I understand the health issues involved made it no longer viable for the manufacturers and the public. But, this blue was divine in its versatility and softness and mood. I still look for it at garage sales and once in a blue moon, score an old Winsor and Newton Manganese Blue.
This blue was delicate. Perfect for flowers, leaves, foliage, rockery, portraits, pets, skies, mountains, hills. It could create a mood and ambience all on its own. If you are an old time painter, and actually have a tube or 2, lucky you! Just be aware to use with caution. Wash your hands etc. Gloves would be a good idea and no drinking/eating while painting.
I’ve been careful to include not just the name of the blue paint, but its PB number i.e. its Pigment Blue # That way, when you see it on the tube of paint before you buy, you know it is the right colour that will mix and behave the right way! Those manufacturers can name their paints whatever they like. But, once they put the pb# on then we can tell if it really is the colour they have ‘named’ it. This Pigment # is the identifier I’ve used now for some years, in order to stop buying cheap ‘hues’ and to stop duplicating my colours. It works.
A Blue Paints Chart with Cobalt, Ultramarine, Cerulean, Indanthrone, Prussian blues