Colour Mixing Swatch Book: Pocket Guide

(13 customer reviews)


This pocket-sized guide to quick and accurate colour mixing is an essential reference for artists of all media. Inside are 2,460 printed colour mixes from 12 standard artist paints. Each page features the range you can obtain from any two of these colours.

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Artists can seek out the colour they desire, identify the hues they need to mix and then instantly reproduce the color on their palette. They’ll also find invaluable information about every colour including the strength, transparency and handling qualities of the colours used to attain it.

Have you ever tried to find a particular colour and ended up wasting time and expensive materials looking for it? Well, you can now put the search behind you. This book is instant guide to over 2,400 easy to mix colours. The first of our Colour Notes Series, this book will probably pay for itself with your next painting. Not for those who enjoy mixing ‘mud’ and wasting materials and time.

Available in a 64 page Pocket Edition ideal for field trips.

Additional information

Weight .3 kg
Dimensions 25.5 × 18 × .5 cm

Paperback: 56 pages


North Light Books (July 1, 2002)

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Written by

Michael Wilcox

13 reviews for Colour Mixing Swatch Book: Pocket Guide

  1. amazon

    Worth Its Price
    By M. Webbon April 24, 2014
    Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

    It will take time to get the end result right but, oh, what a difference it will make in your paintings. “Anything worth doing is worthdoing right” is what my father taught me so now my art has taken on a new look.

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    By Marsha M. Barnoskyon April 7, 2008

    I have only been painting a short time so I was looking for something to help me with color mixing. This has been most helpful in identifying which color combinations create which shades. I am still struggling with ceating the exact shade but this is probably due to my inexperience and I believe will come in time.

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    color miking swath book
    By B. Matthewson January 11, 2007
    Format: Paperback

    This item was odered for my wife who is a Botanical Artist trained at Art school in the UK. she finds that it is a handy referance that she can take with her when going in the field

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    Handy little book of mixing charts
    By MK9576on April 25, 2016
    Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

    I can’t easily take my watercolor mixing charts with me so I was looking for something pocket-sized with a basic cheat sheet of mixes to have on hand. This was a really nice little book. Not quite pocket sized, but I can fit it in my pochade box anyway! Very handy little tool especially for mixes that I don’t use all the time!

  5. amazon

    A must have for every artist.
    By Galaxysungirlon August 3, 2016
    Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

    What a great book.

  6. amazon

    A great reference.
    By Beatriceon February 2, 2016
    Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

    Use this book often, a great reference.

  7. amazon

    Great Book!!
    By T. Ellisonon August 9, 2013
    Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

    Best color mixing reference book that I have found! It’s small, but carries SO much concise information. Thank you Michael Wilcox!

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    Must have for every artist
    By M Haleyon November 29, 2012
    Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

    Must have for every artist, it is so easy to understand!

    I let my daughter (an artist) use it and now I’ll have to order another one for myself!

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    By Janet Eon June 30, 2015
    Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

    Great guide to mixing colors

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    Useful with Dyes as well.
    By L. Boothon November 14, 2014
    Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase

    Michael Wilcox opened my eyes to the difficulty in mixing pure dyes to appropriate colors. His other book >Blue and Yellow Don’t Make Green<, was the theory; this text is the proof. His primary focus was in painting, but it explained the odd colors I was getting mixing dyes. This books gives example of color mixing to get shades and tints from pure colors, and how to mix them for painting. I was able to adapt his ideas and find colors I needed when mixing dyes. This book is an exemplar of the colors mixed with tints from the colors primarily used. While not an exact match for dyes (fewer pure colors), it still gives many examples of what to expect as colors mix pre-dyeing.

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    A great book for beginning artists
    By Jos P. van Leeuwenon October 20, 2003
    Format: Paperback

    A great book for beginning artists like myself. It helps me everyday to plan my colors. Using this book I feel more confident in finding the right colors. While I am learning to get a feeling for mixing colors, being able to do it intuitively, I can rely on the swatches in the book to give me the right hints.

    I use this book in two ways with all my paintings.
    First, before I start painting, I plan the colors with the book: I make combinations of colors before actually mixing them. What will be the darks, the lights, the cools, and the warms.

    Then later, when I want to make a color that I need and I don’t know how to do it, I can simply look up the nearest color in the swatches and find out how to get there.
    So, thanks Michael, great job.

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    Comparing Michael Wilcox book on Color Mixing Swatch Book
    By L. Kuusinenon February 18, 2007
    Format: Paperback

    The Color Mixing Swatch Book is a good complement to The Wilcox Guide to the Best Watercolor Paints and is more portable than Blue and Yellow Don’t Make Green. The Guide is required to find which manufactures to use in buying the colors that are given in The Color Mixing Swatch Book.

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    Color Mixing Swatch Book
    By Christine Russellon January 23, 2007
    Format: Paperback

    This is a great book for people who are just learning to paint and have no idea how to mix the right colors for the right color of paint. This has helped me tremendously to accomplish finishing my oil painting. I would recomend this book to everyone.

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